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I'm Bringin' Girly Back

Nifty Corsage Bracelets!!

I read an article in the paper a few weeks ago about Summer of Dresses, a movement to celebrate femininity started by a group of women who decided to wear dresses at least once a week all summer long.  What a fabulous idea!  I guess it has really caught on world-wide thanks to Twitter and a website (summerofdresses{dot}com). Then  I saw a girl at the store the other day who, to accesorize her outfit, had wrapped a piece of narrow ribbon around her wrist several times and tied it in a bow.  Cute as can be.  Super simple.  I have thought about that several times since then.  I love really girly things like dresses. And ribbons. And flowers.  And ribbons WITH flowers . . . . I never felt more girly in all my life than when I went to prom and got to wear a pretty dress and a nifty wrist corsage.  (The wrist kinds are the best because you avoid the whole awkward pin-it-on-your-chest moment.  And you can point at things with a subtle flourish to draw attention to both your flowers AND your manicure in one fell swoop.) Why, WHY are corsages only for special occaisions?  It doesn't seem at all fair, so I decided to create a variation on a corsage that even a . . . ahem . . .  more mature, mom-like lady could pull off.

Start with a couple of silk flowers, which you will completely deconstruct.  Remove all of the plastic pieces from between the layers and discarded the largest, outer-most layers until the flower is the size you want.  You may find that when you discard a few of the layers and all the plastic "structure" your flower is too flat.  (That's why I used two flowers.)  Stack up your remaining layers and stick a cute scrapbooking brad through the hole in the center.  Don't open up the prongs of the brad yet, though.  Don't do it!

Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap loosely around your wrist about four times PLUS an extra twelve inches.  Find the center of your ribbon and poke the prongs of your brad (the one in the center of your flower) right through.  NOW you may open the prongs of your brad to hold everything in place.  You'll probably want to cut another piece of your ribbon about one inch long and hot glue (or fabric glue) it on the back of your long ribbon to cover up the brad and secure it for good. (No picture of that step.  I'm sure y'all can handle it.)

Now you've got a little lovely to sport with your Sunday best or your jeans and t-shirts.  Fun, huh?  Wanna' see what it looks like in yellow?

Wanna' see what it looks like when you wear it?

I absolutely ADORE it.  It's time ladies . . . let's bring girly back!

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  1. Oooh! That would also look super ridiculously cute tied like a headband! :-)

  2. Oooooh! Yeah . . . headband,too. It's a two-fer!

  3. This is a great idea!!! Now I know what I'm going to do with all those flowers in my craft room...thank you!!!!

  4. Great idea! I am going to pick up some clearance flowers and let my kiddos go crazy with this. THANKS!!

  5. Hi Amy! These are super cute! I think I want one for myself! Wanted to let you know I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  6. I think another nice way to attach the flower to the ribbon without using a brad would be to pick a fun colored button! You probably wouldn't even need the extra piece glued on underneath it since it wouldn't be rough(but could do it anyway for appearances' sake).


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