With school back in session, everyone seems to be back to the grind. However, it’s not all doom and gloom this month! I’ve been noticing the preparation for homecoming festivities at the local high schools and universities around here. Homecoming means football, friends, family, and dancing. It’s a time to celebrate a new year and recognize years past. Something we can all get behind, am I right?!
Inspired by the traditional homecoming dances, we wanted to create a beautiful paper flower corsage you could don at a homecoming dance, and even a wedding or other special occasion. Not just any corsage though. This one is entirely handmade out of paper with lovely personalized details to ensure that you can keep it for years to come. We’ve teamed up with Brother to add a personalized ribbon using their P-Touch Embellish ribbon and tape printer. You can display your name, school, graduation date, or whatever catches your fancy on the ribbon! Tucked into the paper flower corsage, this makes a beautiful, customized accessory, and an even lovelier keepsake.
Make sure to check out the full tutorial!
We wanted to keep our corsage really lush and beautiful despite being made from paper. Crepe papers in rich colors are the perfect medium for creating life-like blooms, and pair wonderfully with her embroidered Homecoming dress. We printed Carli’s graduation date, her high school initials, and her name on the blush pink satin ribbon to complete the corsage. Paired with her dreamy ensemble, she’ll be the bell of the ball!
With the P-touch Embellish, you can easily print custom messages directly onto a beautiful satin ribbon. This is great for simple crafts like goodie bags and party favors as well as more elevated projects like this corsage. It takes any homemade project to the next level with a personalized touch. There are 5 satin ribbons to choose from as well as 9 patterned tapes, giving you all the options you need. We’re a stickler about fonts, but luckily there are 14 fonts to choose between, and one is bound to fit well with every project! In addition, there are over 90 borders, over 400 symbols, and 25 patterns to add a personal, decorative touch. We love the variety this product offers. The sky’s the limit on what you can come up with!
Most everything you need is available at Michaels.com or Brothermall.com and the P-Touch Embellish is available for only $59.99. Steal!
Paper Flower Corsage
- Crepe Paper in red, gradated blue, yellow, and green
- Floral wire
- Craft glue
- Hot glue gun
- Green Floral tape
- P-touch Embellish machine
- P-touch Embellish ribbons in red and pink
- templates for flowers (both PDF and SVG for craft cutting machines)
- Cut out 5 poppy petals from red crepe paper. Fold, crumple, and twist each petal. Set aside.
- To make the center, crumple up a small ball of green crepe paper and glue on top of a 5-inch piece of floral wire. Paint a few intersecting lines on top.
- Cut a 1.5-inch by 8-inch piece of yellow crepe. Fringe one long edge of the crepe paper. Curl the fringed edge inward slightly.
- Wrap fringed crepe paper around the base of the green center and glue in place with hot glue.
- Take each petal and glue around the flower center.
- Cut a 1-inch by 8-inch piece of blue crepe paper. Fold the paper over itself so you have 6 layers of crepe paper. Place the template on top of the folded paper, lining up the grain, and cut out. This will produce 6 petal halves, 3 petals, and one flower.
- Glue two petal halves together with grains protruding out from the center. Repeat for all petals.
- Ruffle the edges of the petals by gently pulling the grain apart on the top edge.
- Wrap a .5-inch square piece of crepe paper around the top of a 3-inch piece of floral wire.
- Glue 3 petals around the piece of wire to create one bloom. Repeat for the desired amount of blooms
- Cut a piece of 1.5-inch by 6-inch crepe paper. Fold the paper over itself so you have 4 layers. Place temple on top of the folded paper, lining up the grain, and cut out. This will produce 4 leave halves and 2 leaves.
- Glue two leave halves together with grains protruding out from the center. Repeat for all leaves.
- Hot glue a 3 to 4-inch piece of wire onto the back of the leave. Bend wire to give the leaf some shape.
Arrange poppy, bougainvillea, and leaves into a small bundle and wrap wires together with floral tape. Tie off with a personalized P-touch Embellish ribbon, and dance the night away!
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Photography by Clara Jones | Crafting by Rebecca Hansen