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Boyfriend Corsage

Boyfriend corsages or a corsage that displays a photo, are wonderful for school dances, anniversary parties or special banquets. They are an easy craft for teenagers and they make great school fundraisers. They are a wonderful keepsake and can be displayed long after the event, attached to a curtain or pillow.


Approximate Time: A few hours, including drying time.


  • computer scanner
  • copy paper
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • 1 1/2 inch wide gingham ribbon, 40 inches
  • 2 to 3 inch silk flower blossom
  • 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon, 1 yard
  • 1 inch pin back
  • printer
  • ruler
  • 1 1/4 inch flat clear floral gem
  • paint brush
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun
  • small amount of felt
  • craft glue


  1. Scan a photo you would like to use onto your computer and reduce it's dimensions to 1 inch square.
  2. Print the picture on ordinary copy paper and trim to size. Printing stores can also copy and crop pictures, just make sure you request it be done on copy paper.
  3. The center of the corsage is created with a 1 1/4 inch flat clear floral gem.
  4. Using a paint brush, apply Mod Podge to the back flat surface of the gem. Place your photo face down into the Mod Podge. Continue to adhere and seal the back of the picture with a layer of Mod Podge. Set the gem aside to dry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.
  5. Cut 10 pieces of 1 1/2 inch wide gingham ribbon, 4 inches long, in the color of your choice.
  6. Fold one ribbon in half matching the short ends. Do not crease the fold. Sew a running stitch with needle and thread along the short ends, connecting them. Do not cut or knot your thread. Repeat on the same thread with the remaining ribbons. When you come to the end of the last ribbon, take a stitch in the beginning of the first ribbon to form a ring. Pull the thread tightly to gather the short ribbon ends. Knot and cut the thread. Lay the gathered ribbon flat.
  7. Pop the head of a 2 to 3 inch silk flower off it's stem. Remove the plastic backing and the top center of the flower.
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  9. Hot glue the centers of each petal, one at a time, on top of the gathered ribbon center.
  10. Apply hot glue to the back of the dried photo gem and place it in the center of the last petal.
  11. Cut two pieces of 1/4 inch wide grosgrain ribbon, 18 inches long, in a color that matches your corsage. Match the two 18 inch lengths together and tie them into a simple bow that is 4 inches from loop end to loop end.
  12. Apply hot glue to the back of the knot on the bow and place it on the gingham ribbon underneath the petals and centered below the photo.
  13. Cut a 1 inch circle of felt and hot glue it over the gathered ribbon on the back of the corsage.
  14. Apply craft glue to the back of a 1 inch pin back. Set the pin back on the top edge of the felt circle and allow it to dry.

By Cyndee from Winfield, KS

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

That is adorable! How cool to think of something for a guy that is fashionable and not frilly. You did a bang up job of instructing, too.

Thanks for sharing!!

Poor But Proud

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September 24, 20090 found this helpful

Love this idea! I'm going to work it into a decoration for the top of a gift box. Will use a pic of the giftee.

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