May 6th, 2015 jamesdouthwaite

Six Ways to Put a Spring into Prom Sales

1. Get out there and sell your­self! Proms are a rapidly expand­ing mar­ket thanks to US film and TV. Young Brits are keen to match their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts with a big­ger and bet­ter bash each year, but many stu­dents aren’t aware of how many excit­ing options are avail­able to them. So the best way to make your­self and your offer­ings known is to actu­ally go out and visit schools. Hand out fly­ers, show off exam­ples, and even hold ‘have a go’ ses­sions if schools allow it. Check out our mar­ket­ing pack for more ideas.


2. Offer some­thing for every­one. We have a mahoosive range of cor­sage bracelets in styles to suit all. Stu­dents will be clam­our­ing to bet­ter each other with cus­tom cor­sages, so let each of their per­son­al­i­ties shine through with designs for every­one from punk rock­ers to pretty pink princesses. Grab your­self a Prom Starter Pack at just £100 trade price for bracelets, acces­sories and a dis­play rack.


3. Don’t waste mar­ket­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. Renowned florist Neil Whitaker swears by prom PR tac­tics, his win­dow dis­play and social media are key. Have fun cre­at­ing a prom win­dow to pull passers-by inside, and make sure you pho­to­graph it as well as all your funky cor­sage and but­ton­hole ideas to share share share away. Most teens’ eyes are glued to a screen 247 so social media is an essen­tial route to pick­ing up prom sales.


4. Set up a pick n mix prom bar. Florists who tried this last year said it worked won­ders for cor­sage sales because eager teens loved being able to pick and choose each aspect of their cor­sage. With a box for bracelets, rib­bon, sparkly acces­sories and more you’ll cre­ate an in-store buzz and inspire those future flower buy­ers. Get your cor­sage dis­play stand here.


5. Cus­tomise cor­sages to the max. Fill your prom bar with a range of add-ons so each stu­dent can feel super spe­cial on the big day and you can add value to designs. We have a huge range of acces­sories from Bling it On Stick­ers and Cloud 9 Feather Accents to sub­tler gold Chic Leaves and green Cor­sage Leaves. You can even help young love blos­som with spe­cial his and hers cor­sage and but­ton­hole cou­ples sets.


6. Take advan­tage of your tar­get mar­ket. Young minds are eas­ily inspired and many mums and dads will be will­ing to splash out to make the first prom oh-so-special for their lit­tle dar­lings. Teens are much more likely to show off and go wild than your aver­age adult flower buyer, so really push your extrav­a­gant designs and use prom sea­son as an oppor­tu­nity to let your cre­ativ­ity run wild. You’ll find tons of inspi­ra­tion on our YouTube channel.

Arti­cle cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Purple Spotted Media.




March 6th, 2015 jamesdouthwaite

How to make an alternative Bridal Brooch Bouquet and Flower Bouquet.

This video shows how to create a gorgeous alternative to both a Bridal Brooch Bouquet or Flower Bouquet using our Superior Single Brooch Bouquet.

To make this you will need the following:

Superior Single Brooch Bouquet (SU1503)

A Roll of Organza (SO1112)

A Roll of Metallic Wire (MW1107)

8cm Rose Bunch – White (YF139W)

January 27th, 2015 jamesdouthwaite

How To Use Our Tear Drop Shaped Brooch Bouquet Kit

In this video we show you how to make a Brooch Bouquet using our Tear Drop Shaped Brooch Bouquet Kit:

To make this you will need the following:

Tear Drop Shaped Brooch Bouquet Kit (BK1512)

A Roll of Organza (SO1112)

A Roll of Metallic Wire (MW1107)


Oasis Floral Adhesive (FA1754)

January 27th, 2015 jamesdouthwaite

How To Use Our Small Round Brooch Bouquet Kit

In this video we show you how to make a Brooch Bouquet using our Small Round Brooch Bouquet Kit:

To make this you will need the following:

Small Round Brooch Bouquet Kit (BK1503)

A Roll of Organza (SO1112)

A Roll of Metallic Wire (MW1107)


Oasis Floral Adhesive (FA1754)

January 27th, 2015 jamesdouthwaite

How to use our NEW “Spot On” fixing for attaching Brooches

In this video we should you how to use our new “Spot On” fixing for attaching Brooches to our Brooch Bouquet Frames.

August 29th, 2014

5 New Wedding Designs

Weddings, especially at this time of year, can be a florist’s bread and butter. These clips demonstrate key designs; some essential for nuptials of any kind and others great for the discerning bride with an eye for style. Each one perfect as a starting point for you to let your creativity (plus the bride’s wishes) run wild.

We have created this brand new selection which shows just how easy it is to use their products as a base for your design work.

Learn how to create those all-important wrist corsages and chair-backs in minimal time and add a floral sceptre to your listings to pick up extra sales whilst exciting the flower girls. You can finally get around to having a go at a brooch bouquet, and learn the fastest method for making the hottest wedding accessory around: the floral headband.

Wedding Chair Back Design

This quick and easy chair-back design will add oomph to any ceremony setting in need of a quick pick-me-up. Choose any piece from the Corsage Creations pull-bow range as a base for your gorgeous floral designs or simply use them as stand-alone décor.

Wedding Chair Back

Belle Wedding Pull Bow

Oasis Floral Adhesive

3x Bridal Gladioli

1x Mini Fantasia Anthurium

3x Stems of Million Star Gypsophila

4x China Grass stems


Heart and Soul Sceptre

All of those pretty-as-a-princess flower girls will jump at the chance to clutch their own magical sceptre whilst walking down the aisle. Let them shine as the second-to-centre of attention by creating a sceptre to remember.

Heart & Soul Sceptre


Heart & Soul Sceptre

Heartbeat Chain

Flutters Feathers

Metallic Wire

Oasis Floral Adhesive

3x White Muscari Stems

4x Pink Spray Roses, Kalanchoe Florets

2x Mini Cymbidium Orchids

Roll of Organza


The Brooch Bouquet

Brooch bouquets are an enchanting alternative to the cut flower head-to-head wedding bouquet. Perfect for those having their second wedding or quirky brides keen to go against the grain. We don’t foresee this trend dying down any time soon, so if you haven’t had a play with an armature yet… why not?! It’s your blank slate, an essential piece of equipment for forward-thinking creativity, and no one said you can’t include fresh flowers as well!



The Brooch Bouquet


50 Brooch Pins (used here: Centre of Attention, Beaming Pearl, Pearl Sunrise, Sparkling Heirloom, Treasure Chest, Dragonfly Pin, Truffle and Cupcake)

1x Amazing Bouquet Armature

Amazing Wraps

Metallic Wire

Roll of Organza


The Floral Headband

Headdresses, hairclips, headbands, fascinators, dainty accessories… anything floral and attached to the head is a winner in our book. We love that the floral headdress trend has snowballed so much. Regularly pictured in bridal magazines and wedding blogs they’re a brilliant way to add a little extra to that wedding sale, plus they’re so much fun to design and make!


The Floral Headband


Kyra Headband

Metallic Wire

Amazing Wraps River of Diamonds

Button Ivy Leaves

Foam Handle

Oasis Floral Adhesive

2x Daisy Chrysanthemums

2x Pieces of Sempervivum

2x Hydrangea Buds

2x Pieces of China Grass


The Wrist Corsage

Wrist corsages are a basic essential on a wedding order. We’re sure you all know how to make them in a whizz, but how creative are yours? The Corsage Creations range of wristlets make the corsage-making process so much more fun. Simply pick the perfect style, each one specially designed so that you can customise it far more than you could with basic wires and ribbon.


The Wrist Corsage


Looking Glass Corsage Bracelet

Kara’s Kisses

Rhinestone Quintets

Cloud 9 Feather Accent

2x Phaleanopsis Orchids

August 20th, 2014 jamesdouthwaite

How to create a gorgeous Flowergirl design

In this short video we will show you how to make a gorgeous design perfect for a flowergirl using our Heart and Soul Wand:

To make this design you will need:

Heart & Soul Scepter (HS1403)

Heartbeat Chain (HB1407s)

Flutters feathers (FL1212)

Metallic Wire (MW1307)

Oasis Floral Adhesive (FA1754)

3 x White Muscari Stems

4 x Pink Spray Roses

1 x Kalanchoe Floret

2 x Mini Cymbidium Orchids,

1 x Roll of Organza

July 31st, 2014 jamesdouthwaite

Create a Gorgeous Flower Girl Design for a Wedding

In this video we will show you how to create a gorgeous Flower Girl Basket Design using our Jasmine Flower Girl Basket and Letter Pins in under 2 minutes:

To make this design you will need:

Jasmine Flower Girl Basket (JF1112)

Monogram Letters P (BJ2403P)

Monogram Letters & (BJ2403&)

Monogram Letters S (BJ2403S)

Roll of Cellophane

15x Tulips

Block of Oasis Foam

Roll of Organza

July 18th, 2014 jamesdouthwaite

How to make a Wedding Posy

In this video we will show you how to create a gorgeous Wedding Posy using our Lace Frill and Brooch Pins. This Wedding Posy would be the perfect accompaniment to a Bride’s Brooch Bouquet.

To make this design you will need:

1 x Lace Frill – White (LF2012)

3 x Sparkling Heirloom Brooch Pins – Silver (SH1403)

1 x Centre of Attention Brooch Pin – Silver (CR1403)

Oasis Floral Adhesive (FA1754)

2 x Stems of Spray Roses

1 x Roll of Organza


July 17th, 2014 jamesdouthwaite

Designs To Make You Stand Out

Accessories can make or break an outfit, so who’s to say that floral designs are any different?

Wedding trends chop and change constantly; brides will no longer settle for the same old roundy-moundy when there are so many millions of unusual and innovative ideas out there.

One way to make sure your work stands out is to accessorise; Vogue tells us a statement necklace will jazz up an outfit and take you from day to night even if teamed with the blandest of clothes… so surely a vintage pearl pin or dazzling diamante pick could give even the plainest of filler flowers enough life to become the belle of the ball.

With an ounce of style, a pinch of bling, and a sprinkle of sparkle, Corsage Creations show us how it’s done…

This versatile design can be made as a groom or prom-goer’s buttonhole or as a handbag corsage. The Monstera Leaf attachment promises a firm hold so that it can be marketed to suit all kinds of customers.



Monstera Leaf Buttonhole Holder with magnets
Bling it on stickers
Oasis Floral Adhesive
• Spray roses
• Kalanchoe florets
• Bear grass stems

Use the adhesive to stick bear grass strips onto a Monstera Leaf Buttonhole Holder. Glue spray roses at opposite ends of the Monstera Leaf, then glue the Kalanchoe florets into the centre of the design. Finally, stick the self-adhesive Bling it on stickers onto the bear grass.

This Jasmine Flower Girl Basket is sweet and sparkly enough to be adored by little ones, and complete with a bunch of fresh blooms it’s pretty enough for any bride’s aisle.


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Jasmine Flower Girl Basket
Monogram letters
• Roll of cellophane
• 15x tulips
• Block of floral foam
• Roll of organza

First, line the Jasmine basket with cellophane and place the pre-soaked and trimmed block of foam inside. Then add the tulips, starting from the centre and working outwards. Fill in any gaps between the tulips by pushing in pieces of organza. Once all the gaps are filled, add the monogram letters to finish off the design.

We’re not sure that lace will ever go out of fashion, so keep up with the trends by incorporating it into your floristry. This lace frill can be used to add a vintage touch to posies of all styles and sizes.

Recipe#3   –   WEDDING POSY


Lace frill
3x Sparkling Heirloom brooch pins
1x Centre of Attention brooch pin
Oasis Floral Adhesive
• 2x stems of spray roses
• Roll of organza

Fold the lace edge back on itself and glue, using the Oasis Floral Adhesive, to the plastic base of the frill, ensuring the plastic is fully covered. Insert the first stem of roses into the frill, then add the second stem, and continue working outwards until you’re happy with the shape of the posy. Next, assemble the brooch pins and insert them into the design. Wrap the organza around the rose stems so they are fully covered and then glue to secure.

The Lotus Wand by Corsage Creations makes the perfect alternative to a bouquet for younger ‘maids – and brides are sure to be showered with affection after offering little ones the chance to be a flower fairy for the day.

Recipe #4   –   A WONDERLAND WAND


Lotus Wand – Silver
Wired Dazzle Line – Silver
Kara’s Kisses – Delightful
• Assorted flowers
Oasis Floral Adhesive

Pre-soak hydrangea florets and dip them in a puddle of glue before padding them into the base of the wand. Cut the rest of the flowers short at the stem, dip them into the glue puddle and insert them into hydrangea. Next, insert Kara’s Kisses into the rose heads. Finally, take the Dazzle Line, attach it to the end of the wand and bind it around the edge to suit the design.

Everyone loves an orchid, especially one which can be worn on the wrist complete with feathers and sparkles – this elegant corsage design is one of our all time favourites.



• 2x Cymbidium Orchids
• 1x White Cloud 9 Feather Accent
• 3x Silver Kara’s Kisses
• 1x Hailie wrist corsage bracelet
Oasis Floral Adhesive

Squeeze yourself a puddle of glue onto a tray, ceramic tile, or something similar to keep your work surface from getting messy and sticky. Take the Cloud 9 and dip the base into the glue, hold it for a couple of seconds to allow it to become tacky, then attach it to the plastic attachment of the bracelet. Stick the flowers to the Cloud 9 accent using the same method, ensuring you cut the stems as close to the head as possible, and cover the whole surface of the cut stem end to preserve moisture. Insert Kara’s Kisses and other add-ons to taste.