Make a Corsage Using Lily of the Valley

Edited by Fleurista, Amanda, Jen M, Eng

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Welcome to VisiHow. In this tutorial, we show you how to make a corsage using lily of the valley.

Steps

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    Pick up the leaves from the lily of the valley. Ours are actually just about at their end, but they will do for our purposes. We are going to keep this natural. These leaves are pretty good, and do last quite a bit.
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    Bend the tips back to the stem. One side is a little bigger, but that's okay.
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    Down at the bottom, squish it all together. We'll squish until we like the way it looks. It's pretty cute.
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    Pick up the Floratape and pull out about a forearm's length.
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    Pull and twist while wrapping the tape around the bottom of the leaves. Start fairly high up the stems and work downwards to create a rather long taped section. Ours are not keeping the shape that we wanted, but we're hoping that maybe towards the end, they will. They do look nice from one side, so we'll probably face them in that direction.
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    When the tape hits the bottom of the stems, break it off and smooth the ends down.
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    Examine and decide which side will face outward.
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    Place the flower in front of it to see how it might look. We do want to take some time to position things. Flowers have faces. Every flower has a face that wants to see us and say hi. So we want to position flowers so that most of the little faces are forward. It's a fairly quick process, but we're taking a bit of extra time to show it.
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    Hold up some additional flowers to decide on a position. We might put one in behind the leaves and one in front.
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    Set the leaves aside for now.
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    Pick up the lily of the valley. They're so fragrant and lovely. We're going to wire them individually and then put them together so that they're sturdy.
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    Pick up the wire. Wire comes in different gauges. Some are thicker, some are thinner. We're using a thinner one for this purpose.
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    Cut the wire in half.
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    Bend the piece of wire in half. Starting about midway down from the top of the flower, place the loop close to the stem, at the base of the flowers there. Press the lengths of the wire in close against the stem as they reach towards the bottom.
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    Get the Floratape. Pull out a length, as before.
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    Begin taping midway up the stem, right beneath where the flowers start.
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    Thanks for watching VisiHow! If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below.
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Video: Make a Corsage Using Lily of the Valley Part 1

Wire and Tape the Stems

Welcome to VisiHow! In this tutorial, we show you how to make a corsage using lily of the valley. Thank you for joining us for part 2, where we continue to wire and tape the stems.

Steps

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    Start taping with the Floratape from the bottom of the lower-most flower and pull and twist as we move downwards. The top loop of wire should be well above where the tape starts, about midway through the flowers. We're creating a taped stem with wire running through it.
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    Break off the tape and smooth down any ends once the tape reaches the bottom of the stem.
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    Now we have what looks like a stem.
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    So far, we have one stylized leaf and one wired set of lily of the valley.
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    We could just tape them both together, put a curlicue down at the bottom with the stem, or just leave it straight, and we'd have a really nice single lily of the valley corsage. This would cost like $3 a stem, conservatively, and it's a fantastic flower. It can be found in the northeastern United States and such where the climates are a little bit cooler. It's pretty sturdy actually.
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    Trim any blooms that don't look right. We had one that was falling off.
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    Wire and tape the remaining flowers. Usually before we use the flowers, we should give them a good long fresh drink.
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    Place the flowers against the leaves. We can place one lower than the other, and we can bend them a bit because we've got them on wires. Try to handle the flowers as little as possible.
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    Wrap all the stems together with Floratape. Follow the same process as before by pulling out about a forearm's length and beginning to tape from right beneath the lowest flowers. We pull and twist as we tape downwards.
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    Thanks for watching VisiHow! If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below.
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Video: Make a Corsage Using Lily of the Valley Part 2

Put it All Together

Welcome to VisiHow! In this tutorial, we show you how to make a corsage using lily of the valley. Thanks for joining us for part three, where we make a florist's bow and assemble the corsage. Sometimes we leave the stems sticking out of the bottom beneath the tape, and maybe curl them. It's kind of a cute look. But we won't do that in this tutorial. We will put them all together as one.

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Steps

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    Be gentle while twisting and taping, because the movement whips the poor little flowers around. Sorry you guys! The earlier in the season we get lily of the valley, the better. It is fantastic, and it dries pretty well too.
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    When the taping is finished, examine the piece and make any desired adjustments. We will gently bend our two flowers apart a little and move them around a bit. We want this to match another piece we made, a little headband. We're going to put some ribbon on it.
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    Put together a bow. Start by making a little loop on a length of ribbon.
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    Twist the loop.
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    Make a second, slightly bigger loop, and twist that as well.
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    Make a third loop, the same size as the first, up behind the first loop. This is where we'll stop for now.
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    Get some wire. Bend it in half around the middle of the gathered loops, where we've been holding them with our thumb and fingers.
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    Twist the two halves of wire together. We're making a little bow on a stem.
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    Start adjusting the bow to fluff it all out.
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    Trim the ends to a nice length and shape.
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    Place the bow over the corsage to check how it looks. Keep fluffing and adjusting until it seems right.
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    After placing the bow, use the same technique to wrap all stems in Floratape, covering everything and creating one smooth stem.
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    Add the final touches. Wind the "stem" around a pencil.
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    Add a pin so the corsage can be attached to clothing.
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    Admire the finished product!
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    Thanks for watching VisiHow! If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below. In this design, we used two lily of the valley blooms, two lily of the valley leaves, Floratape and thin-gauge floral wire. For the finishing touches, we used a small white ribbon for the bow and a pin.
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Video: Make a Corsage Using Lily of the Valley Part 3

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