I LOVE flower crowns! There is something so fun about wearing a whole bunch of pretty flowers on your head! The down side for me is having hayfever, so this DIY is using fake flowers, which will also last much longer! Double bonus for me!
Here are the things you will need: Lots of fake/real flowers, some thin wire, florist tape and some wire cutters. (I used an old pair of scissors that I didn't mind getting blunt from cutting the wire, but wire cutters would be a lot easier!)
I purchased all of my fake flowers from the local pound store, they came in big bunches of between 8-12 flowers per £1, so it worked out as great value, as it was a hen do I made them for I wasn't sure how much they would get knocked about, but if you are making them for a wedding you might want to consider buying slightly more realistic looking ones. (Or go crazy and spray them metallic and add lots of glitter!)
I just chose a good selection of all the flowers they had as I wan't sure which ones I would prefer on my crown. If you are making a flower crown from real flowers it would be worth considering which flowers will last the longest in the heat/cold etc.
Take your flowers, real or fake, and trim them down so there is a couple of inches of stem, and peel away any leaves you don't want. Do this for all of your flowers and foliage.
Next, pair up your flowers and foliage. You will be making little bunches of flowers so it's important they look good together. I didn't want two of the same flower in the same bunch, but it's completely up to you!
Take your florist tape, and wrap it around your little bunch of flowers. The tape isn't sticky, until you stretch it slightly. This takes a little bit of practise, but once you've got it it's easy! Just keep stretching and wrapping until your bunch is secure tightly together.
Keep wrapping your little bunches up together using the florist tape until all of your bunches are made up. I left the foliage on some of my bunches, and took it off others, so it wouldn't over power the crown. (I wanted a riot of colour!)
Next, take your wire and make sure it will fit around your head. I only had shorter lengths, so I tied two pieces together to make it longer. Just make little loops and then twist the ends together.
I wrapped the loops I had made with more florist tape, as this will be sitting on your head, and I didn't want any spiky ends from the wire!
Here is the finished loop of wire, with extra lengths for the back. I didn't cut the wire to the exact length, as I knew the flowers would bulk out the width of it, they can be cut later on.
Next you need to start to tape each little bunch onto the wire. Again, simply take the florist tape and wrap it around the wire and your little bunch of flowers. The more bunches you add, the stronger the wire gets, and it's also easier to keep the flowers in place, so don't worry if your first bunch isn't the easiest to keep in place.
Keep adding the bunches, one after the other, covering the wire as you go. Remember that the outside of the crown is the most important part, the inside will be hidden by your head and the florist tape.
Ta Dah! Once you've added all the flowers you would like/can fit on, it will now look like a flower crown! Woop! I added more florist tape to both the ends of the wire to make it all green, and to strengthen it too.
You see, all the wire gets hidden by your beautiful flowers!
Remember those ends we had left over at the back of the crown? Simply loop them and then wrap the excess wire back around your crown. This adds strength and also gives you a way of adding ribbon to the back.
Cover the wire in more green florist tape, and add any ribbon of your choice! YAY! By adding the ribbon the crown will fit any size head, perfect if your making it as a present.
And here's how we used them! Loads of fun!
I would love to see your flower crowns! See your images to firstname.lastname@example.org