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Make Phalaenopsis Orchid Corsages

September 24, 2010

If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of orchid blooms when a special occasion rolls around, why not take advantage of their stunning natural beauty and incorporate an orchid, or even a few,  into your ensemble? We’ve found a few resources that can take you through it step by step, and even a video you can watch to guide you through it.

This first article from takes you step-by-step through the creation of an orchid corsage from pink Phalaenopsis orchids. The author explains that, “in Hawaiian lore, they represent friendship.” It employs the use of a hair pin, which makes us think you could also make wear the orchids in your hair if you choose.

The next article from, written by eHow Contributor Pam Gaulin, describes a way of making the corsage from three orchids so that at the end you can choose to either pin it to your dress or affix it to a ribbon to wear as a wrist corsage. Here again, you could use either the ribbon, or a stretchy hair band to wear the corsage in your hair if you choose!

The video that we found features florist, Trish Haunton, as she demonstrates how to make a corsage using two Phalaenopsis orchids. It takes only a little more than 3-1/2 minutes, and if you have trouble understanding the accent of the narrator, it’s subtitled, as well as being presented all typed out for you below. Isn’t that nice?

We found a second link that uses the same video but adds, “The process for making corsages is the same for making boutonnieres. Corsages are usually two, three or more clusters of wedding boutonnieres with foliage, filler and luxurious ribbons.” And reminds you to refrigerate the blooms after the corsage or boutonniere has been made to keep it fresh as you await the moment of departure.