Our series “Get Crafty” gives you the inspiration for creating inventive DIY projects during the holidays and year-round. Floral designer and lifestyle expert Julie Mulligan has a whole host of ideas for DIY prom flowers that will help you turn heads all night long.

Prom season is here, and with it comes the excitement of getting all dressed up and celebrating one of the biggest nights in a young person’s life. With the magnitude of the event, this is not the time to “go small.” Rather, you should be pulling out all the stops. Everything from the dress or tux to shoes, hair, and make-up has to be just right and planned out in advance.

And what about the flowers? Exchanging corsages and boutonnieres has always been a cherished prom tradition, but that doesn’t mean you need to go with the same old, same old.

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Take the opportunity to make a statement with your flowers. With a little inspiration and a creative floral designer, your floral accent can be the perfect finishing touch of your prom attire. It might be hard to find a dress and/or color that no one else at prom will be wearing, but some fresh flower fashions like these will make you this year’s trend-setter extraordinaire!

Forget wristlets and pin-on corsages with ribbons and bows, and think of your flowers as a true accessory or unique piece of jewelry. Many famous women, from Frida Kahlo to Billie Holiday, have used flowers to set themselves apart from the crowd.

DIY prom flower ideas

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How about draping yourself in roses?

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Or going all Coachella and wearing your flowers in your hair?

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Don’t want to go quite that dramatic? Wearing your flowers as a headband will be comfortable on the dance floor all night long.

We’ve provided step-by-step instructions for these one-of-a-kind prom flower fashions.

Here are a few more show-stopping floral necklaces and some coordinating earrings, with links to their how-tos as well.

All these are easier to make than they look, so find one you like and give it a try. If you’re not the crafty type but see something you love, bring a picture of it to your local florist. I’m sure they will be more than happy to do the work for you and help make your prom night dreams come true!

Here are a few more inspirational ideas and interesting ways to express your true self and style with prom flowers.

Whatever you wear, and however you choose to style it, just be sure to have the time of your life at prom!


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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