Welcome to another show of Russ on Flowers. I'm your host, Russ. We're back at JJC with Professor T, our new addition. Today we're going to be talking about corsage work and boutonniere work. This is a common question we get from customers so we decided to post a video about it.

How to Make a Corsage

Video Transcription

Russ Phillip: Welcome to another show of Russ on Flowers. I'm your host, Russ. We're back at JJC with Professor T, our new addition. Today we're going to be talking about corsage work and boutonniere work.

Professor T: This is a real simple one, Russ. What we did is we took three coordinating mini-carnations that matched our little corsage. I have a small, kind of a medium, kind of a large, and I'm going to do the same thing. Start with my small, stair step the next one over, and then my third one will be placed at that binding point that we were talking about earlier. It's kind of a 3-step...

Russ Phillip: Tiered.

Professor T: ...little tiered, little design here. While I'm hanging on to it I'm going to add a couple of pieces of Italian ruscus to the base. That's a nasty piece. Okay. You want perfect on it because they're viewed up close. You want to make sure you're always using perfect foliage, perfect flowers, nothing with bruises. We'll tape this on real quick. A little bit of baby's breath down at the bottom. See, some people when they make these, they make a mistake. They put big...

Russ Phillip: Globs, yeah.

Professor T: ...globs of baby's breath and it looks terrible on there.

Russ Phillip: Yeah.

Professor T: Big globs of it. It's an accent flower. It's in the group of flowers known as accent flowers. Little. Small, tiny little sprigs. Little.

Russ Phillip: Little, tiny, right on. You don't have to wire the Italian ruscus.

Professor T: I never wire the foliage. I never wire baby's breath or any accent materials...

Russ Phillip: Right.

Professor T: ...that go in there. We're going to do the same treatment.

Russ Phillip: Extremely time consuming.

Professor T: Take off the stem, the extra little stem. You know, it has to match, coordinate, so we're going to add some bling. At this time, I'm going to leave the wire on and I'm just going to add a couple of these cute little rhinestones. We have rhinestones.

Russ Phillip: We glued the other ones. We don't need to glue these, right?

Professor T: No. We're just going to wire them.

Russ Phillip: Not when you're doing boot work. Just wire it in.

Professor T: Wire them in.

Russ Phillip: Tape them.

Professor T: Tape it.

Russ Phillip: Binding point.

Professor T: We need our artificial foliage and then we're going to finish off. We're going to backdrop this with our silk ivy leaves. On the tiny boutonnieres I use three, again, around that binding point.

Russ Phillip: What are some other leaves you can put on there? You love the silk leaves.

Professor T: I love the silk leaves. I love them as a finishing.

Russ Phillip: Because they're easy to work with?

Professor T: Yeah, and they hide my mechanics, and they also prevent the foliage or the flowers from staining anybody's clothing, which they could get angry if you mess up their dance outfit. I'm going to cut this off. Whenever I cut off a stem, I want to make sure I re-tape over that cut end so that it's, again, not snagging anybody's outfit.

Russ Phillip: You're no slob, right.

Professor T: Very simple to make, quick to make, and appropriate for weddings or for dances or if you do it yourselfer are relatively easy to put together.

Russ Phillip: Some great work done. Now we're moving on to the favorite part of our show, flowers that look like people. I'm going to hand this off to you, Professor T.

Professor T: Beautiful, absolutely beautiful, yellow pansy looking flower.

Russ Phillip: Cheese.

Professor T: The lovely moustache...

Russ Phillip: Pansy. Cheese. You know I had to do it to you, brother.

We're moving on to our Q and A. In France, what flower is associated with death? Debra from Oregon.

Professor T: No idea.

Russ Phillip: Chrysanthemums.

Professor T: That's good.

Russ Phillip: Right. Russ, how to preserve a corsage? It's Thomas in Minnesota. Long term preserve or short term preserve? Short term, it's refrigeration, right. I mean keeping it refrigerated. If they're talking about preserve, preserve...

Professor T: Yeah, right. Preserve, preserve is freeze dried, and not a lot of people own freeze dry machines. They would have to take this corsage apart. These flowers can be freeze dried, saved forever, and they would look identical. The problem is by the end of the night, they are so well worn and wilted.

Russ Phillip: Right.

Professor T: I don't know if that's always the best choice. You can take it apart. You can let it air dry. But, not all flowers hold their color, not all flowers dry well.

Russ Phillip: Right.

Professor T: Really, just buy a new one next time, buy a new one.

Russ Phillip: Russ, what does a purple rose symbolize? Jennifer from Colorado.

Professor T: I have no idea.

Russ Phillip: Enchantment. We get a lot of questions like that all the time, what different flowers mean, colors mean. It's crazy. Russ, what is the official state flower of Kentucky? Susan in Texas. Again, it's goldenrod. That's kind of typical of some of the emails that we get.

Professor T: Interesting.

Russ Phillip: To summarize our show, corsages, boutonniere work. We did a lot of stuff with mini-carnations, daisies, some bling, bling. We got some million star gyp.

Stay tuned for other episodes and other shows coming with Professor T. We're going to be out here more often. Thanks for coming to the show. We'll see you next time.

Professor T: Thanks.