A few weeks ago I got to do something I’ve been wanting to learn how to do for a long time….make flower crowns! In this Instagram/Pinterest world we live in I’ve seen so many little girls wearing flower crowns, and I’m always drawn to these photographs. There is just something to sweet about a little girl with a flowers encircling her head! With three girls of my own, I knew I wanted to learn how to make them myself.
Enter Marianne Bates from Posey Pop. Turns out she lives down the street from me! Funny story…I was on a walk one day with my kiddos and I passed an open garage….music playing, lots of buckets, flowers…I could tell something good was happening in there. I return home and I’m scrolling through Instagram stories. I click on one of my favorites, Posey Pop, and watch her stories….playing the same music I just passed in the garage. Buckets, flowers. Um, what!!!?? I realized in that moment she lived down the street! So of course I did what any normal person does, sent her a DM IMMEDIATELY. I’m sure she thought I was a total stalker, but you know what? That’s okay. Because now I call her my friend and we get to do amazing things like create flower crowns together. See? The universe just WORKS sometimes.
Now onto the fun part! Here’s our step to step process for making flower crowns.
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED
Crown Base – we used Oasis Rustic Wire. You can also twist together two pipe cleaners and cover them with floral tape.
Floral Tape (the stretchy kind)
FLOWERS and GREENS
You’ll want to choose flowers that can last outside of water. It doesn’t matter how gorgeous it looks if it’s wilted by the time you need it! Luckily there are a ton of flowers that work great. Not sure what’s hearty and what’s not? Take a bloom or section of foliage and leave them on the counter overnight. If it still looks decent the next morning, you’re good to go! Smaller scale flowers tend to work best, you’ll have more control and they tend to lay better on the head.
When you bring your flowers home, be sure they stay well hydrated so that your crown will last. Give them a fresh, angled cut, and stick them in fresh water. Let them drink for several hours or overnight and they’ll be in good shape for your crown!
Flowers we used: Spray Roses, Lisianthus, Scabiosa, Rice Flower
Flowers we didn’t use but that also work well: Ranuculus, Wax Flower and small wired succulents
Greens we used: Eucalyptus (seeded and gummi variety), Nigella Pods
Greens we didn’t use but that also work well: Myrtle, Rukus and Olive.
Measure your head (or the person the crown is for) by wrapping the rustic wire around the part of your head where you want the crown to sit. Cut the rustic wire, leaving an extra couple of inches on each end. The crown tends to ‘shrink’ as you build it and you’ll want enough extra room to twist it onto your head. You can always cut the excess as needed.
Wrap the green wire several times around one spot near the end of the rustic wire, about one ince in or further in if you don’t want a full crown. Once your wire is secured to the crown, don’t cut it….leaving the wire on the bolt makes wrapping the greens and flowers easier.
Wire your heavier blooms, or anything you want to face out. You don’t have to do this step, but with flowers like roses and ranuculus, wiring them will make them secure and will allow you to position them in a pretty way by bending the flower heads into position. Here’s how you do this:
Cut the flower off at the base of the stem. Cut a piece of straight wire about 5 inches and make it into a U shape. Poke both points into the center of the flower so that they come out the bottom to make a wire stem. Take a piece of floral tape about 5 inches and stretch it while you twist it down the wire stem. It’s not sticky, but it sticks to itself. Trim the excess. Do this with several flowers.
Cut your greens into workable sections, approximate 3-4 inches. When in doubt, go longer – you can always cut but you can’t make it longer!
Using the floral tape, bunch a flower with a few sections or pieces of greens. You’ll want greens in between each flower to keep things from looking crowded. This is key! Make several bunches of flowers and greens.
Build! This is the fun part! Start by wiring in a piece of green into the secure wire at the end. Try to avoid smashing to leaves with the wire. This takes some over and under finessing. Wrap the wire around it a couple times toward you. You aren’t going to switch directions, so be sure the wire stays in one direction….moving away from the original attachment point.
Get creative! Layer the greens and flower sections however you choose. I always add greens and tidbits in along the way. You can keep in symmetrical or have a focal point where there are more flowers. There are really no rules! Just keep adding and wiring until you get to the place you want to stop, or at least an inch from the end of the crown base. Wrap your wire around the same end point several times and then cut it from the spool. Now you can try on your crown and see if any adjustments need to be made!
To store your crown…first using a spray bottle give it a nice spritz of water. Then with the wire crown base untwisted, spiral your crown a bit so it will fit inside a Ziploc baggie. Seal it up and stick it in the fridge! It should look great for a day or two…maybe more!
These flower crowns were so fun to make, and I hope you give them a try! What I love most about this tutorial is that it really teaches the basics that can be applied to any type of flower, color scheme and season. And be sure to stay tuned…tomorrow I’ll be sharing some sweet photos of Charlotte and me wearing the crowns!
A HUGE thank you to Marianne at Posey Pop….this was such a fun collaboration and I hope to do more in the future!
Photography by Vanessa Lentine