DIY Garden Corsage Ideas For Proms, Weddings, Dinners, And Parties

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A DIY garden corsage is, in my opinion, the best way to create a memorable and unique floral accessory.

The corsage will typically worn on your wrist, dress, or suit jacket lapel and it’s important to choose flowers and materials that complement the colors and styles of your outfit.

Whether you need to make a corsage for a prom, wedding, homecoming dance, charity event, graduation ceremony, or anything else, here are some ideas!

Make You Own Garden Corsage

Here are some ideas for a corsage made with materials from your own garden…

Fresh flowers:

Use a mix of seasonal flowers and greenery, such as roses, daisies, and baby’s breath, to create a beautiful corsage.

Other flowers that are perfect for a corsage:

  • Carnations – are usually cheap and the blooms last well
  • Orchids – a more exotic, less common option
  • Peonies – are great for spring and summer corsages
  • Lilies – another stunning bloom that works in corsages

Also consider Chrysanthemums, Larkspur, Stephanotis, Gardenias, Freesia, Hyacinths, Sunflowers, Pansies, Marigolds, Daisies, Gerberas, Calla Lilies, Gladioli, or Hydrangeas.

Many flowers work well, it just depends on what’s blooming in your garden.

Some flowers should be avoided as they are prone to drooping. Examples are daffodils and tulips. And while lilies look fantastic, their smell may be overpowering for some people.

And other flowers just don’t work because of their shape and size. Rodgersia flowers, for example, probably aren’t best suited for this type of thing.


Foliage is another important ingredient in garden corsages.

  • Ferns: add a delicate, soft texture to corsages and come in a range of shapes and sizes.
  • Ivy: is a versatile and hardy foliage that can be trained to grow into different shapes, making it a popular choice for corsages.
  • Eucalyptus: adds a touch of greenery to corsages and has a fresh, clean scent.
  • Rosemary: is an aromatic herb that adds both fragrance and texture to corsages.
  • Baby’s breath:  is a popular filler flower that can also be used as foliage in corsages.
  • Lavender: adds both fragrance and color to corsages, and its soft purple blooms complement many other flowers.
  • Honeysuckle: adds a touch of sweetness to corsages and comes in a range of colors, from pale yellow to deep orange.

Incorporate fresh herbs like rosemary, lavender, or mint into your corsage for a unique touch.

This type of foliage both looks and smells great.


Use small succulent plants to create a long-lasting, low-maintenance corsage that can be enjoyed for weeks or months.

It’s likely you’ll even be able to plant the succulent after the event and it will happily (and usually, easily) continue growing.

Beads, wire, and ribbon:

Use beads and wire to create a corsage that incorporates flowers and decorative elements.

Tie a ribbon or piece of twine around the stems of your flowers to create a simple and elegant corsage.

Unusual elements like this will help your corsage to stand out from the crowd.

Butterfly or insect:

Add a butterfly or other insect to the center of your corsage for a whimsical touch.

I wouldn’t advocate going and killing the said insect, but if you find a nicely preserved example, make use of it. For example, we sometimes find beautiful dragonfly bodies on the windowsill in our home.

Garden Corsage Examples And Tutorials


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Here is a great example of a DIY prom corsage. I love the coniferous tree leaves!

The account shared:

Stumbled upon a post from a teacher who was hosting prom for her students who couldn’t attend for various reasons.

She decided to surprise them with a “prom”in class. Had so much fun making boutonnières and corsages I eagerly volunteered to donate these.


This is an excellent tutorial on how to make your own boutonniere and corsage.

Follow the step by step instructions and you can’t go wrong.

You don’t need to worry too much about what to wear to a college formal when you have a corsage like this!

The account shared:

There’s always a “first” for everything right? 😉

First attempt in making these fresh flower corsages for a special birthday woman and a special young lady for her senior prom with matching boutonnière for her date 💙💜


This is another good tutorial on how to make a corsage from the garden for Mother’s Day, prom, or weddings.


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These corsages don’t have to take forever to make either.

@mylittlecottagehome said:

Last minute DIY corsage & boutonnière for my son and his date for homecoming.

Though I think she has some experience!

Find out how this account made her own wedding corsages.

There’s something so much more special about DIY!


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And lastly, this fantastic corsage made with fresh flowers from the garden!

The account shared:

Pretty proud of the corsage I made for Teagan! She’s heading to her first Daddy-Daughter dance tonight!!

And it’s good to see some ribbon in there as well.

DIY Corsages

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Making your own corsages can be as easy or as difficult as you make it.

Some people find it very straightforward and simple, while others may find it more challenging, especially if they are new to flower arranging or lack the tools and materials required.

The success may depend on experience, available tools and materials, time, the difficulty of the design, and the overall effort that it put in. However, when following good tutorials I think anyone can some up with something very special.

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