Profitable Orchid Corsage

orchid corsage with succulentsDesigning corsages can be a pain in the butt.  They take time, intricate (especially difficult with stubbing Italian fingers) so I like the construction to be easy peasy, with cost efficient techniques to make some quality $.  If you want to create corsages and make a hefty profit, read away.  Or give that profit to your wholesalers….it’s your choice.

I see so many pictures with all this expensive bling attached that just take the prices way up there, with the designer’s cost following as well.  So why not keep things simple, organic and affordable?  You can always add some cheap stones and colored wire from your local craft store if need be.  But my take is use what you can cut from your yard to give that great value.

These orchids are from a $7.99 plant I got at Trader Joe’s.  Pretty cool I could design two corsages from 1 Phalaenopsis plant!  The base of the corsage is foliage from my privet hedge, stapled together then connected to a regular ‘ol elastic wrist band, the prongs bent around the greenery.  Very secure, so no worries.  I cut the orchid bloom off the plant stem close to the head of the orchid, then dabbed Oasis Glue on the bottom of each bloom making sure the stem opening is sealed so the bloom lasts much longer.   Give it a about 15 seconds to cure, then gently set the orchid in place.  Easy, right?  Then do the same for the other two blooms.  Just be careful to handle the blooms with loving care so there’s no bruising.oasis floral glue

Have your other foliage ready.  For this baby I used dusty miller,  a few succulents I had growing around, and a couple of blade grass leaves from my plants.  Add your glue to the leaf, tuck it in, give it a mo then on to the next.  Then swirl a bit of the grass for that dimension our eyes love to see.  If you want, swirl some thin colored wire for a bit of bling.  Or the craft store stones that come on sheets, adding them onto the foliage for a touch of elegance.

This corsage is secure, lightweight, and snug on the wrist.  I cringe when I see prom goers with these huge roses from the grocery store corsages that look like they’re gonna take over the kids arm! Keep them simple with enough creativity that they’ll add to the style of the client and their outfit.  You can keep your pricing reasonable with the right profit to keep you going and them coming back for more.

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Joe Guggia AIFD

Passionate about floral and décor with my site goal being to share flower arranging tips and information I've learned during my career. Being in the industry for over 45 years, I've been a plant grower and manager, ran my own retail shop for 32 years, appointed to the design team of CSFA (California State Floral Association) for two years, have been a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers for 20 years. I'm currently on the board for the AIFD Social Media team sharing floral art information on various social media platforms. My motto is "educate, motivate, and create" which I hope to instill and share with you for many years. Be well my friend, and go create!

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