How to Make a Corsage

For prom and for every major and minor event of your life forever after.

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!


  • Sarah May 4th, 2012 7:10 PM

    couldn’t have been more perfect timing! my prom is tomorrow and while i’m not attending i’m making corsages for some of my friends.

  • Toria Crux May 4th, 2012 7:14 PM

    GYAAAAAAAAAAA So awesome!!!!!!

  • SparklyVulcan May 4th, 2012 7:20 PM

    I’d love to do this, but it might hurt my boyfriend’s feelings if he decided to get me one and I already made one. :( Sniffle.

  • KinuKinu May 4th, 2012 7:36 PM

    SO AWESOME……I’m making a bunch of these!I want the pink candy corsage!!!!!
    It’s so perfect…….♥_________♥

  • ivoire May 4th, 2012 7:38 PM

    This is bloody amazing! And so is your tat! !

  • Yellie May 4th, 2012 7:55 PM

    I gotta make me a corsage! I’ll be the only person wearing one, but it will also be the only AWESOME one.

  • Ellie May 4th, 2012 8:00 PM

    SO CUTE!!! I love this! It reminds me of collages and pixie dust and Dairy Queen.

  • Adrienne May 4th, 2012 8:04 PM

    I love this so so so much even though I’m not going to prom haha.

  • Celiabow May 4th, 2012 8:13 PM

    These are so amazing!!! I don’t have prom for another three years but I’m going to make them anyway

  • Abby May 4th, 2012 9:15 PM

    Damn, I wish I had seen this before my prom…

  • Pikajew May 4th, 2012 9:19 PM

    Is that a little green Nessy I spy in the first picture? I need it.

  • TessAnnesley May 4th, 2012 9:52 PM

    OMGOMGOMG Rookie reads my mind. These corsages and also the Crown of Love crows that you guys made are basically a cross between these headdresses I made for a film I made for my 16th birthday!

    LOVE you Rookie! Great minds think alike! (lol no you’re great I’m not haha)

    • Anaheed May 4th, 2012 10:54 PM

      Those are beauuuuutiful.

      • TessAnnesley May 5th, 2012 1:17 AM

        Thank you so much! God they took forever to make…

  • Caden May 4th, 2012 10:45 PM

    Oh those plastic ice creams are TOO CUTE!

    Caden x

  • myy May 4th, 2012 10:57 PM

    Gahhh this is AMAZING! I wish I had a prom to go to, but, alas, I am no longer in high school (which I’m not too bummed about actually. It’s just that I won’t really be going to a prom anytime soon :( )

  • mayaautumn May 5th, 2012 2:05 AM

    omg they look a-mazingggg! definitely making one this bank holiday weekend:)

  • Susann May 5th, 2012 3:48 AM

    Amazing ideas and fabulous results!

  • lavendersparrow May 5th, 2012 4:38 PM

    These corsages are amazing! I will definitely make one for myself for prom! A good theme for a corsage would be “secret garden”. You could glue a cool key on it and add some flowers!

  • moonflower May 5th, 2012 5:13 PM

    Oh my gosh! These are too awesome, I love the idea of having a different theme for each one. I can’t wait to get my gluegun! Also these would make sweeeeeet gifts

  • ireepie May 5th, 2012 8:35 PM

    I’m guessing this applies to grade 8 dances as well, correct? I want me and my friends to have awesome corsages while everyone else fusses over being a 13 year old in such a tough relationship… haha!

  • nutellacube May 6th, 2012 4:17 AM

    I… want that second last one…

    - someone who didn’t wear a corsage to prom (like 5 years ago)

  • bohobambi May 6th, 2012 3:40 PM

    I wish they played the Ramones at my prom.

  • SweetThangVintage May 6th, 2012 7:42 PM

    Aww man, a few weeks late! I’ll just have to make one for other events!

  • Panda18 June 26th, 2012 9:23 PM

    Thank you SOOO much for this tutorial! I was in total panic mode because prom is tomorrow and my boyfriend randomly added purple to our matching colour scheme so i decided that a corsage would be good enough to add the same colour to my look. Thank you sooooo much for this, it was so helpful, i had no idea what to do before i found this!