50s Red Velvet Dress + How to Make a Vintage Christmas Corsage

50s red velvet dress and Christmas corsage

My latest obsession is vintage Christmas corsages. I remember my Mom, grandmothers and aunts always wore them during the holiday season.  Here are some examples of authentic vintage ones. Aren’t they cute and festive?

Vintage Christmas corsages

So for this year’s Christmas craft project I decided to make my own kitschy Christmas corsage inspired by the ones from the past.  I thought it would be the perfect thing to pin onto my 1950s red velveteen party dress that I plan on wearing to Christmas Eve dinner. Fingers crossed the weather stays cool enough down here in Florida for velvet!

50s red velvet dress and Christmas corsage

These corsages are really quick and easy to put together and would make great hostess gifts. Just visit your nearest craft store for the components.

Christmas corsage tutorial

Here’s a list of what you need-

Floral tape
Various floral stems and sprays
Corsage pins
Pipe cleaners
Miniature plastic candy canes and other ornaments (I found tiny presents and wreaths)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire cutter

Christmas corsage how to

Arrange your floral sprigs the way you like, then wrap stems with floral tape to hold them all together. Trim with wire cutters if necessary.

Christmas corsage tutorial

Wrap pipe cleaner around bottom half of candy cane. Save for later.

Corsage ribbon bow

Loop a length of ribbon back and forth so it looks like this when you’re done.

How to make a Christmas corsage pin

Hold candy cane/pipe cleaner against back of corsage, with the candy cane peeking out.

Then hold looped ribbon across back of corsage and twist the pipe cleaner so it anchors the ribbon and wraps the rest of the stem.

Christmas corsage pin tutorial

Hot glue your little decorations of choice and, voila, you’ve got a vintage inspired Christmas corsage.

Attach with corsage pin.

Takes about 15 minutes.

1950s red velveteen dress50s red velvet dress

Outfit consists of red cotton velveteen princess style 50s dress, goldtone mesh Whiting and Davis purse, metallic gold 60s stilletos,  vintage red bead necklace and green beaded clip on earrings.

Are you dressing up for the holidays?

Till next time…..






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By | 2017-12-22T10:10:57-04:00 December 17th, 2017|Crafts/DIY, Fashion, My Vintage Style|12 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell January 3, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Thank you so much, Shelbee. Appreciate the kind words. Happy New Year!

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    Shelbee on the Edge December 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Theresa, how brilliant are these corsages! The perfect accessory for your gorgeous velvet dress. The gold accents are so great, too. You are absolutely stunning, my friend! Thanks so much for joining my Link Up On the Edge.


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 27, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thank you Jess. Velvet is a favorite of mine and just thrilled there’s so much more out there to chose from this past couple of seasons. Here’s to a velvet filled New Year 🙂


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    Jessica A Jannenga December 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I love this Theresa! How inventive and creative. beautiful corsage. I never thought of it. How lovely with this beautiful velvet dress, I love the red on you! I love velvet any time of year but especially the holidays. I hope you had a wonderful time!
    thanks for linking! Happy Holidays!
    jess xx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Many thanks, Katherine. It’s been fun making them and brings back such fond family holiday memories.

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    Kathrine Eldridge December 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I am dying over this gorgeous dress! So classic and chic. Thanks for sharing how to make a beautiful corsage. What a nice touch!


  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 18, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Thanks Vix. I’m not into Christmas much myself, as far as the overly commercial way it has become. But I like the time spent with good friends too, and having an excuse to dress up!

  8. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Yes, I’ve got a petti underneath. I do love vintage velveteen. It’s so nice and soft. And I can’t wait to make more of these little corsages. They’re so much fun!

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Thank you Patti 🙂

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    Vix December 18, 2017 at 4:40 am

    You look absolutely wonderful, that dress is a cracker!
    I’m not into Xmas at all but like the fact that my normal friends with jobs have time off work and we can go out.

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    Suzanne December 17, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I dying over your dress! You must be wearing a petticoat with it are you? You look fantastic!

    Your corsage turned out so dang cute! I love it!


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    Patti December 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Just beautiful, Theresa! Love, love the red velveteen dress paired with gold. Thanks for linking up, xo


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