After teaching a holiday corsage class over the weekend I turned the leftover parts into pretty gift toppers. These toppers are much cheaper to make than buying fancy bows or gift bags and make even brown paper packages look festive. Thrift stores have lots of holiday greenery and ribbon in stock now, perfect for this project. The technique is the same for a corsage or a gift topper so consider gluing on a pin back or ties so your granny or pet can wear these on Christmas morning :)
Supplies: 1. Greenery pick (from a thrift store garland). 2. Something sparkly (the copper and silver balls are from a deconstructed candle wreath). 3. Flower or berries (thrift store poinsettia picks). 4. Two bows, made from 5' of satin ribbon. Loop the ribbon three times on each side and secure by twist-tying it in the middle with half of a pipe cleaner. 5. One regular length pipe cleaner to wrap around all the stems to secure them together; see below.
To make a topper from the supplies shown, sandwich the greenery between the green ribbon and the sparkly balls with the poinsettia flowers positioned in front. Tuck the gold ribbon bow up against the flowers. Wrap the long pipe cleaner around the stems, starting close to the top and winding down to the bottom.
If you have sharp wires sticking out below the end of your wrapped pipe cleaner, cut them off with a wire cutter. Press the pipe cleaner ends flat along the stems with a pliers so they won't poke holes in your giftwrap. Your topper is ready to use!