Are Corsages Real Flowers or Fake?

by Alex Kountry
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We take a look at the history of corsages and how they’ve evolved over time. Are they still made with real flowers, or have they gone the way of artificial blooms?

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A corsage /ˈkɔːrsɪdʒ/ is a small bouquet of flowers worn by women as a personal accessory or as a decoration during formal occasions such as proms or weddings. It is typically given to the date by the woman’s date. The word “corsage” is derived from the French word “corse” which means “bodice”, as in a woman’s bodice, or “stays”, in reference to the stiffening of the laces used to fasten a corset.

Corsages are made using real or artificial flowers, greenery, and other materials such as feathers, rhinestones, and jewelry. They are affixed to clothing using pins, tape, or magnets. Corsages are generally worn on the left side of the body near the heart.

What is a Corsage?

A corsage is a small bouquet of flowers worn by a woman on her wrist or pinned to her dress. It is typically given to her by her date or escort. The man usually wears a matching boutonniere. Corsages can be made from real or fake flowers.

The History of Corsages

Corsages are small bunches of flowers, usually worn by women on their clothes. The word “corsage” comes from the French word “corse,” meaning “body.” Corsages have been worn since ancient times, but they became especially popular in the Victorian era.

Victorian corsages were often very large and elaborate, made with real or fake flowers and lots of decorations. They were usually worn on the left side of the body, near the heart. In the Victorian era, it was thought that wearing a corsage would make a woman more attractive to men.

Today, corsages are often given to young women to wear to proms or other formal dances. They are usually made with real flowers, but can also be made with fabric flowers or other materials. Corsages can be worn on the left or right side of the body, depending on personal preference.

The Types of Corsages

Corsages come in two basic varieties: Fresh flower corsages and silk flower corsages. Knowing the difference between the two can help you make the best choice for your needs.

Fresh flower corsages are, as their name implies, made with real flowers. This means that they will need to be put together relatively close to when they will be worn, as flowers have a shorter shelf life than silk flowers do. However, many people believe that fresh flower corsages have a more natural look and feel than their silk counterparts do.

Silk flower corsages are made with, you guessed it, silk flowers. These flowers are often painstakingly crafted to look like real blooms, and they can come in an almost endless variety of colors and styles. Silk flower corsages have the advantage of being able to be put together well in advance of when they will be worn, as silk flowers will not wilt like real ones will.

How to Make a Corsage

Corsages are traditionally made with real flowers, but you can also use fake flowers. If you use real flowers, make sure to choose ones that will last for a long time without wilting. You can also add some baby’s breath or greenery to the corsage for extra fullness. If you use fake flowers, you can get creative and use any type of flower you want.

The Materials Needed

To make a corsage, you will need the following materials:
-1/4 yard of 3/8 inch wide elastic
-A selection of fresh flowers in your choice of colors
-A small boutonniere for the man
-A piece of floral tape
-Wire cutters

1. Begin by cutting the elastic to fit snugly around your wrist. Make sure to leave enough elastic so that you can tie a knot to secure it.
2. Next, use the wire cutters to cut the stems of your chosen flowers so that they are about two inches long. You should have between six and eight flowers.
3. Take one flower and thread it through the elastic, so that the stem is poking out on the other side. Continue adding flowers in this way until all of your stems are hidden by blooms.
4. Once all of the flowers are in place, use the floral tape to secure the stems together at the base.
5. Finally, add the boutonniere to one side of the corsage using more floral tape. Make sure that the boutonniere is facing downwards, so that it doesn’t get crushed when worn.

The Steps to Making a Corsage

Corsages are small bouquets of flowers, usually one or two blooms, that are worn on the body. They can be made from fresh or artificial flowers, and are often given as gifts for special occasions like proms or homecomings. Corsages can be worn on the wrist, pinned to the clothing, or held in the hand.

Making a corsage is a simple process that just requires a few supplies and some time. Follow these steps to create your own corsage:

1. Choose your flowers: Fresh flowers will need to be cut and arranged ahead of time, while artificial flowers can be used right out of the package. Select blooms that coordinate well with each other in both color and style.

2. Make a size template: Cut a piece of paper or cardstock into a circle that is about 3-4 inches in diameter. This will be used to help determine the size of your corsage.

3. Cut floral tape: Floral tape is a type of tape that is specifically designed for use with fresh flowers. It is available in rolls at most craft stores. Cut a length of tape that is about 18 inches long.

4. Assemble the blooms: Begin by placing the larger blooms on the template. Arrange them in whatever pattern you like, making sure that they are evenly distributed around the circle. Once you are happy with the arrangement, use the floral tape to secure them in place. Continue adding smaller blooms and leaves until the corsage is full and you are happy with its appearance

Corsage Etiquette

A corsage is a small bouquet of flowers, usually worn by women on their clothes. They are often given to women by their friends or family members as a sign of affection. Corsages can be made from real or artificial flowers. The most common type of corsage is the wrist corsage, which is worn on the wrist.

Wearing a Corsage

Most people think of corsages as being made with real flowers, but they can actually be made with either fresh or silk flowers. If you are attend a more formal event, like a wedding, it is customary to wear a corsage on your left side near your shoulder. If you are going to prom or another semi-formal dance, you can wear your corsage on your right side. Keep in mind that if you are buying a fresh flower corsage, it will need to be kept cool until you are ready to put it on. Once you have it on, try not to let it get too warm or too cold, as this can cause the flowers to wilt prematurely.

Giving a Corsage

Giving a corsage may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually pretty simple once you know the basics. Here are a few things to keep in mind when giving a corsage:

-First, make sure you know what kind of flowers the person you’re giving the corsage to likes. This will help you choose the right type of flowers for the corsage.
-If you’re not sure what kind of flowers the person likes, you can always ask their friends or family members for help.
-Once you’ve chosen the type of flowers for the corsage, it’s time to choose how you want to arrange them. There are many different ways to arrange flowers, so take some time to look at different possibilities before deciding on a final design.
-Once you’ve decided on a design, it’s time to put the corsage together. If you’re not sure how to do this, there are many instructional videos and tutorials available online.
-Finally, once the corsage is assembled, it’s time to deliver it to the lucky recipient!


When it comes to corsages, there is no definitive answer as to whether they are real or fake flowers. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and what you feel comfortable with. If you are allergic to certain flowers, then it might be best to opt for a fake corsage. Otherwise, either option should work just fine.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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