This is for my fellow flower children...a little tutorial for making those flower crowns that we can't get enough of. Ladies have been donning these lovely Spring head blossoms for centuries. Why not get in on the fun? Check out their place in history here. I remember when my parents opened their flower shop in the late 80's and my mom made me my first one with pink roses. I felt so pretty wearing that with my dance tutu. They seem to have come back in a big way in the last few years, (Coachella, anyone?) and now that I have a baby girl of my own I have an excuse to make these all the time. Once you make one, you'll probably come up with plenty of reasons to wear them on a regular basis.
They are simple to make and only require a few materials. You will need:
-Flowers. Here I have wax flower, to keep it full. And anemones to accent and add some bright color. You can use baby's breath, ivy leaves, daisies, small roses, dahlias, anything really. Just keep in mind the weight you want sitting on your head. These were perfectly light to sit on my 3 month old's head.
-Floral Wire. Like this.
-Floral tape. Like this.
-Floral cutters. Strong enough to cut wire and hearty wood stems.
Start by doing a rough measurement of the person's head with the wire. Then start wrapping the tape around the wire. Floral tape has kind of a tacky feel and a ton of stretch to it. Pull the tape as you're twisting it around. You can always do a couple practice wires too. This step is the foundation for many floral construction projects, like boutonnieres and corsages. (Hello wedding DIY) Once you get the feel for the tape you should have a long, thicker piece of wire that is completely covered in the tape. You can also use it to join extra wire lengths together.
Once wrapped, you can begin another layer of tape, adding in flowers and leaves as you go. You can make it as full as you want. Customize it with flowers all the way around, or a few accents on one side, like I've done here. You can also do a half crown. Continue all the way around until you've reached the desired look. That's it! Just continue wrapping and twist the two ends together to secure it. You can also use a hot glue gun to fill in any gaps.
This kind of came together spontaneously on my Mom's recent visit. May return with better step by step photos. But you probably won't need them. It's easy. Get to making!