One of my prom dresses was purple and glittery and had a hoop skirt. I bought at Redballs on Melrose, and I wore it with a lavender wig. Clearly, a normal corsage would NOT do this fabulous outfit true justice, so I decided to make my own! I took apart an old corsage from the previous year’s dance and glued purple and black tulle onto it, and added some jacks and a doll head. Since then, I have made corsages for practically every occasion. Now I shall show you how to make your own corsage for prom (and every major and minor event of your life forever after).

First, think about what kind of theme and colors you want on your corsage. Are you wearing a turquoise dress? Perhaps you’d like a sea-themed corsage with gold octopi on it! Or maybe you want to create a mini altar to your love of the stars and planets! So many possibilities!

What you will need:

  • Corsage bases—these can be found in the wedding section of most craft stores.
  • A hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Tulle and/or ribbon
  • Fake flowers—I got all of mine at Dollar Tree!
  • Accoutrements. These will be the SOUL of your corsage as well as little extras to add. This can include candy, buttons, rhinestones, pearls, toys, seashells, cute ’n’ cuddly creatures (fake is probably best), a picture of Dolly Parton…really ANYTHING your heart desires!

How to make it:

1. Cut off the white tulle that is already on the corsage, if you feel so inclined.

2. Fold some of your tulle in half and wrap it around the bottom of your corsage. Look nice, yas? Now glue the tulle onto the corsage with the glue gun. WARNING: don’t burn yourself! Since tulle is basically as thin as air, you have to be super careful not to get the hot glue on your fingers. I burned myself about five times, but hopefully all of you are much more graceful with your crafting than I.

3. Now gather all of your necessary accoutrements together. My theme for this corsage was NATURE, so I’m using faux leaves, butterflies and yellow and green flowers. Other ways you can work a nature-themed corsage are nests with li’l fake robin’s eggs, put a bird on it, OR…a tiny fawn sitting in a field of daisies! Aww reminds me of Rupert (RIP!).

4. Get to snippin’. I got this wire cutter from the dollar store to cut off the metal stems of my leaves and butterflies. ’Tis an awesome tool.

5. Arrange the leaves on the corsage and glue them down.

6. Time to glue the butterflies! I named mine Ice-T and Coco.

7. And now add some flowers!

8. Don’t forget to spice up the actual bracelet!

This one is my pink candy corsage. I put a secret lip gloss in the middle in case you needed to freshen up your smoocher in the middle of dancing to Dum Dum Girls or the Ramones (is that kind of prom music possible, or will we be dancing to LMFAO and Rihanna exclusively??).

Ta-da! Hope this inspires you to make your own!