As small girls, maybe 4 or 5 years old, Mother made us “Easter Bunny” corsages out of carnations. I’d like to share it with you.
You will need:
Cut the carnation underwater, and place in a vase filled with floral preservative. Allow the carnation to drink water overnight.
To start the corsage, the carnation needs to be wired. Cut the carnation at the top of the stem. Cut 2 pieces of the wire about 8” long each. Place one end of the wire through the base of the carnation. Place the end of another piece of wire through the other side of the base. When you look at the bottom of the carnation, the wire should look like a cross. Fold the ends of the wires over the bottom of the carnation.
Starting at just under the petals at the top of the bloom, tape the wire using the floral wrap tape. I like using light green floral wrap on corsages because it reminds me of the stem of the flowers. Wind the tape down the wires to the end. Bend the wire just under the bloom to make the bloom face toward the front.
Create “Bunny Ears” by folding about 7” of 2 chenille stems in half. Twist the bottom of each fold about 1 inch. Place one “ear” to the left of the back of the carnation and tape to the carnation using floral wrap. Place the other “ear” to the right of the back of the carnation and tape it to the carnation using floral wrap. Cur the wire to about 1 1/2” below the bloom.
Make a small bow using the #3 ribbon with colors of your choice. I used Mint Green ribbon. Carefully using hot glue, place a small amount to the back of a “wiggly eye”. Place an eye below “ear”. Cut 3 broom bristles. Place a small dot of glue between the 2 eyes. Place 2 bristles in a diagonal cross pattern and a single bristle through the center. Make a small circle of pink chenille stem. Glue this circle to the center of the “Bunny Whiskers”. Trim the “whiskers”. Place on garment using corsage pins.