Friday, August 3, 2007

Does anyone need some wrist corsages?


My first experience with wrist corsages was a month ago when I helped a distant friend out with making some for her wedding. S.C. thought she could use some of my artsy talents (or so she claims, but I think it was more because I was the only available one on a weekday afternoon!). It's fun actually, but tough, tedious and quite exhausting to put small fresh flowers all round a wristlet. It would be easier to make a chest corsage (for the groom and groomsmen), or a wrist corsage that resembles the pin-on version, just with an extra ribbon attached. I guess we liked the journey less travelled, and wanted the bridesmaids to feel a little special. We did the corsage in a bracelet form, with small flowers all round the first half of the wrist. Tedious, arrghhh tedious... I think I took more than half an hour for 1.



I didn't bring a proper camera then, and one month later, a sudden urge came. I recreated these corsages, with wax (not candle wax, not ear wax either, hehe... it's a cute hardy flower) and limonium, to take proper pictures. Except that, these are not for any particular occasion, and I am really not sure what to do with them. I am kind of kicking myself now. I better be reading this entry 10 years later for a good laugh to make all the work well worth it!



It is very enjoyable though, I am reliving part of my childhood dream of being a florist. If you intend to make some yourself, equip with:

- good sharp scissors
- florist tape
- wire (may not be applicable, it depends on your design)
- ribbons (I used 1/4" thick for the above design)
- flowers and greens of your choice (best to pick hardy ones to withstand the twisting torture, and small ones if you want to make wristlets like mine)
- patience (it probably won't turn out well on the first try)
- ample time! you can't rush it...
- refrigeration (don't leave the wrist corsages to wilt in sweltering heat!)

P.S. Let me know if you are getting married this weekend? I would love to see these worn on a joyous occasion. ^^

8 comments:

cee said...

me me me.... i'll get married just to have these quaint corsages used at the special event. hahaha.... know anyone up for rent as kehlehfeh groom for 1 day? hahahaaa....

Karen Y said...

hehhee.. silly girl!! yup i know a few kehlehfehs, but aren't good enough as groom for you =D

Ruth said...

these are gorgeous!!! great work done here.

Karen said...

hi Ruth, many thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments!

H. Hadigja said...

I got to tell you that the wrist corsage that you have up there is really really nice!

Karen said...

Hi H. Hadigja, thank you so much for your compliments!!! I'm really hoping to have some friends get married and be helping out with the floral bit! :)

Bike Buddy said...

i want to make some like this! they are so cute and fun to have something different. Do you wire everything right to the ribbon and just wear that right on the wrist or do you have another ribbon behind it? i think my sons date would love this.

Karen said...

Hi Bike Buddy, sorry for the late reply, I'm like 3 years late! That's how long I haven't been blogging. All the flowers are tied with florist's tape to a wire. The wire had been twisted at both ends to form hoops that ribbons can go through. Not sure if it makes sense? I guess it's a whole lot easier if you see something visual of the materials, but I don't have the stuff anymore.. if I find pictures, i'd send you. =)