Move over veils, hats and fascinators and make way for uber-cute, boho-inspired dried flower crowns!
We are obsessed with this latest trend. Flower crowns are fast becoming the hot new wedding day look and are increasingly popular for engagement parties and festivals. Not that floral adornments have ever been out of fashion. Just look at these runway looks spanning the last couple of decades!
Who needs a special occasion for a beautiful flower chain, though? Make every day your happy day with our fun and easy DIY flower crowns! We’ll talk you through the process, step by step.
Remember the daisy chains of childhood summers? They were a bit fiddly to make, and we had to adopt a quite regal, rigid walk to keep them in place and in one piece. However, there will be no such worries with these pretty, hand-crafted hair adornments. We’ll show you how to easily make a flower crown with a few essentials and a sprinkle of our favourite florals to complete the look.
How to make a flower crown in four simple steps
We’ve created this brief tutorial for you - from sprigs and wire to beautiful adornment in just over a minute. Or you can follow our step-by-step guide. Enjoy!
Step 1: Gather your materials
First things first!
Before you let your creative juices flow, gather all materials you need for your crown. Then, lay them out on a flat surface, away from any draft.
You will need:
- Craft wire. The most common shades a green, silver or white.
- Floral tape. We’ve used white tape because we’ve opted for white florals. But of course, these tapes come in a lovely palette of colours which lets you completely change the look and feel of a crown.
- Scissors. No specific scissors are needed here as long they are sharp and give your ribbon and stems a clean cut.
- Ribbon. Again, we’ve opted for a white ribbon to complement our look, but there’s no stopping you from mixing and matching colours, materials, sizes or patterns.
- Flowers. We’ve gone for a dainty, clean white look with sprigs of baby’s breath and hydrangea. But many dried florals and foliage will work really well in a flower crown. Just go with your favourites. We’ll get to that later.
Step 2: Don’t get your wires crossed
- Take your wire, cut it to size, and then twist your floral tape carefully around it.
- Once that is done, tape a piece of ribbon on one end of the wire.
Tip: How long wire and ribbon need to be depends on where you want your crown to sit and how much of it you want to cover in foliage. In our tutorial, we’ve opted to add florals to well over ¾ of the crown itself, almost meeting at the back.
Step 3: Add the flower power!
This is the fun part!
Choose your florals and foliage. Cut them to size and tape each sprig or bud carefully to your wire. Of course, the smaller the flowers, the longer it will take you. But trust us, it’ll be worth it!
Try and keep all foliage roughly facing the same way so that they will not be squashed under the wire once you wear the crown.
Do this until you almost reach the end of the wire.
Tip: You can easily layout your design on the table first to get a feel for the look and swap foliage around if need be.
Step 4: The finishing touches
Once you’ve taped your chosen florals to your wire and have almost reached its end, all that is left to do is tape another piece of ribbon to it. Having the ribbon at each end to tie it together allows you to adjust the crown to different hairstyles. Also, it’ll make sure the crown will sit snuggly on your head.
Tip: Make sure especially the craft wire ends are well taped over to avoid any sharp edges and ends
All that’s left to do now is to put on a dress and your dancing shoes and join the party!
Which flowers work well for flower crowns?
Dried flower crowns
Well, we wouldn’t be Flowers Across Australia if we didn’t get the most excited about dried buds and foliage for your DIY flower crown!
There are good reasons for that, though! A dried flower and leaves will not wilt or ever look limp, and you’ll be able to show off your hair adornment for some time. Dried florals are generally lighter-weight than their fresh counterparts and come in a lovely variety of natural hues and shades. Check out our FAA dried flower bar for inspiration. We can recommend our hydrangeas, baby's breath, mountain daisies, preserved Ruscus, and even gum leaves for dried flower crowns.
Tip: Choose blooms and foliage that is relatively sturdy but won’t easily break. For flowers, go for a bloom you can easily break down into smaller pieces - such as the hydrangeas shown in our tutorial.
Fresh flower crowns
There’s a case to be made for fresh flowers, though. Or, for mixing dried and fresh blooms! For example, if you love the look and scent of lavender, it is better to use fresh lavender for your flower crown; dried lavender might lose its little pods. You may also think twice about using dried flowers only for a windy seaside setting.
And, of course, mixing fresh and dried will give you pops of vibrant colours, paired with the gentler hues of dried flowers AND longevity!
If you are looking to craft your very own crown from fresh flowers and foliage, you’ll want to look for a combination of larger, focal and filler blooms to pair with your greenery. The larger flowers, such as ranunculus or rosebuds, can be the star of the show, whilst foliage and filler flowers such as baby’s breath will - yes, you guessed it - fill out and round up the look and feel of your crown.
Popular fresh flowers and greenery are roses, orchids, Sedum, Queen Ann’s Lace, Eucalyptus and Ivy. But that’s not to say Lily of the Valey, Stock or ferns should be forgotten.
It comes down to what look you are going for and the occasion. Is it Splendor in the Grass, a summer picnic in the park or a walk down the aisle?
It’s also good to know what blooms are in season. It means they’re readily available and budget-friendly! Look for flowers that will keep fresh for some time and will not wilt and fall off in the summer heat.
- Why not gather your hair with flowers, grouping the flowers to one side? Use larger focal flowers such as orchids, peonies, or Ranunculus to create a ‘centrepiece’ and pair them with a few sprigs of greenery such as ivy.
- If you decide to use fresh flowers for your crown, spritz it with a bit of water and keep it in the fridge until you use it. It’ll keep longer!
- Nothing says summer like the light fragrance of fresh lavender. So why not pair it with a few small sprigs of eucalyptus, rosemary or even mint to carry these scents with you?
- There’s also symbolism and meaning in flowers. Especially for special celebrations like wedding days or engagements, it’s a nice touch to make your flowers meaningful, to send a personal message.
Are you more of a visual learner? Check out our video tutorial you can follow:
Are you feeling like a princess yet?
You should! Flower crowns can be real show stoppers, the finishing touch to that look, a personal note, that sprinkle of boho flair; they can be that little statement piece that is uniquely and undeniably you! Flowers have their own language.
For the more advanced florists, check out these trendsetting floral pieces. Lots of ideas and tips all around.
Make today the day to be a princess! No particular reason or occasion needed!
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