Gluing flowers into a bracelet, ribbon, or other flower form makes fast, easy work of prom, wedding, or decorative designs. Using floral adhesive known as ‘cold glue’ is more time efficient than wiring and taping individual flower blooms. Using these quick design tips makes gluing an easy technique.
- Upon opening a tube of floral adhesive (cold glue) dab Vaseline, lotion, or other oil-based product onto the tube cap and nozzle, or spray the two with Pam. This will help prevent the glue from building up on the nozzle or hardening in the cap.
- Rub some of the oil-based product on your hands to help prevent the glue from sticking and make clean up easier, once you have finished.
- Save a few caps from emptied glue tubes, as the small black caps are easily lost on a busy design table. If you don’t have a backup, insert a corsage pin into the nozzle to seal it.
- Place a small dab of glue on a square of plastic to dip you flower stems into.
- Use only a small amount of glue at a time as it dries out very quickly. As you replenish, add in the same spot to hydrate the previous glue residue.
- Stand the tube of glue upright in a container to prevent it from leaking out as it often does when lying down.
- Be sure the flowers are at room temperature when gluing. Cold, damp flowers will not allow glue to dry and set firmly.
- Dip the flower stem into the glue and hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue becomes tacky enough to hold it in place.
- Glue bonds to glue, so in addition to adding glue on the flower stem, you can also place glue on the surface where the flower sit, for extra security.
- Allow the glue to dry before placing a fresh flower design in the cooler. If the glue is still hydrated, it cannot dehydrate in that moist environment and will not dry out to set properly.
- Clean the nozzle before putting the cap on to prevent it from sticking before the next use.
Use floral adhesive to glue fresh flowers onto a corsage, boutonniere, headpiece, armband form such as a bracelet, foliage, ribbon or any other creative floral design base you create for a party, prom, or wedding event. It’s a great way to have fun creating floral accessories that can be worn for special occasions.
Sharon McGukin AIFD, AAF, PFCI (Mc Goo kin) is a nationally known Floral Expert who shares design tips, trends, and techniques with audiences.
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