Spring is finally here!
The first flowers to bloom were the crocus, followed by a rush of tiny tete-a-tete yellow daffodils. The cucumber magnolia is just beginning to open with its magical yellow blooms just outside the kitchen window. What better way to celebrate than with a flower crown?!
Flower crowns are one of my favorite things to make, especially for young flowers girls. At the end of the evening, I usually see flower girls fast asleep in an auntie's lap and their moms are tearing up the dancefloor wearing the flower crown! This proves that flower crowns are for any age.
If we are having friends over for dinner, I love to make crowns for each of my girlfriends. What a treat to find a sweet flower crown at your place setting when you sit down for dinner.
I love making crowns with whatever is in the garden, no matter that season. Of course in spring/summer/fall, there are lots of showy blooms but winter crowns can be a study of evergreens, twigs and dried flowers. You are only limited by your imagination!
Below are some simple steps for you follow to create your own lovely flower crown. Enjoy!
All photos by Love Knot Photo
- Flocked Floral Wire (you can find this at your local craft store) or pipe cleaners
- Floral Tape
- Floral Wire Cutters (this is the best to cut wire - save your good scissors!)
- Feature flowers
1. Create The Base:
Take a piece of floral wire and form it into a circular shape. If you are using pipe cleaners, you may have to link two together. Rest it atop your head to see how long you need the wire to be to form a loose crown around your head. Leave a bit at each end - these will form the loops and allow you to adjust the crown.
2. Choose Florals + Greenery:
Lay out your greens and feature flowers. Here is where you can be as creative as you want. I like to cut the greens in 2 inch pieces. This makes taping them on the crown much easier. For the feature blooms, leave about 1 - 11/2 inches of stem. Sturdier stems are much more forging than delicate stems and don't require wiring. Experiment with different layouts of greens and blooms. I love full crowns with lots of feature flowers that circle the head. Others prefer a delicate grouping of greens with a few blooms on the side - again, it's totally up to you!
3. Assemble The Crown:
I like to create "packets" of greens and flowers. These little bunches make for a full crown and are easier to work with. You will be layering these bunches on top of each other as you assemble your crown. Group your first bunch about an inch from the end of the crown. Attach the stems with floral tape, wrapping firmly on the wire a few times. Remember to pull on the floral tape so it will stick to itself. Attach the next "packet" to the wire, with the full end greens/flowers covering the stems of the first "packet". Continue attaching the "packets" until you are about an inch from the other end of the wire.
As you begin to add on, take a break every once in a while and place on your head and look in the mirror. You want to make sure you don't have pieces sticking out at odd angles or large gaps. The trick is to have the flowers lay smoothly against your head.
4. Pulling It All Together:
Once you have attached all the greens & flowers, lay the crown flat and double check that everything is securely fastened to the wire. Flower crowns lead to spontaneous dancing so those flowers should be ready for some serious moves. Turn the extra wire at each end back to form a loop. This is the closure of the crown. You can tie ribbon on here if you like. I love using multi color ribbon in different widths. Link the loops together and voila - your crown is finished.
Practice makes perfect - I won't tell you how long it took me to make my first flower crown. Let's just say my speed has improved greatly over the years!
Do you have any flower crown making tips? What do you want us to make next?