There isn't much I love more than a flower crown. Nothing else can instantly make me happier and feel more magical than a crown of fresh flowers around my head. If you haven't noticed we love wearing them on special occasions like here or our at spring gathering.
I've always wanted to make my own flower crowns, especially now since they are all over the place, adorned on every cool girl's head in a magazine or blog. Despite being my ultimate summertime fantasy, every time I tried to make one, I failed. Miserably. Luckily, I have people in my life like my friend, Julia, who went to college in Vermont and minored in flower crown skills. She and her friends never needed an excuse to don a crown. She finally let me in on her secrets and it turned out to be incredibly easy and fun to make. It's actually kind of relaxing. You should know that crafts are never relaxing for me and are always stressful. Jamie is our craft expert around here, so if I am saying something is easy, you should really know how easy this must be. Now that I know how simple it is to make them, I never miss a chance to wear one and neither should you.
Here's how to create a simple flower crown. I have yet to graduate past baby's breath and small wild flowers, but once I do, we'll do another crash course on more elegant, statement flower crowns.
- The most important step is getting the right tools. You need a pair of scissors, two pieces of floral wire, floral tape and some fresh flowers. (I got my floral wire and tape from PaperSource). For awhile I was trying to make crowns without a wire base, which just makes everything more complicated. The wire is a game-changer.
- Measure your head with a ribbon or do what I do and guesstimate and continually check if the wire fits and lays on your head the way you want it to. Combine the two pieces, overlapping them to make a circle. Bend them into the shape you want and when you have adjusted the circle to the perfect size, tightly wrap the floral tape around the two pieces to create your continuous circle.
- Now that you have the base of your crown, it's time to start adding the flowers.
- Cut the flower stems closer to the heads leaving some of the stem to wrap with tape. Place a bundle of about three little flower heads together and wrap the stem with tape around the wire. The tape sticks to itself and should be pulled tightly so it doesn't show. It's best to work in bundles instead of individual flowers or you'll have use a lot more tape and it will start to look messy. Some people bundle them with tape before securing to the crown, but I do it in one fell swoop when working with small flowers.
- After your first bundle is secured, follow the angle that they are laying at and place the next bundle behind, covering the stems and tape of your first bundle.
- Continue adding and layering flowers in the same direction. You can either go fully around the head or just do one half. If you are planning to do only half, it's best to start at the point at which you want the flowers to end. If you are doing a full crown the starting point doesn't matter.
It's that simple to make your next summer outing more dreamy with a homemade flower crown.
The fun doesn't end after the evening is over though. My favorite thing to do is to hang my flower crowns on the wall and let them dry. They become a piece of art in my apartment and remind me of the fun days I had wearing them.
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)