I finally found the wedding venue of my dreams … outdoors, in a garden, beneath budding magnolia trees. (I know, I’m a total hippy.) To embrace the garden theme, I am asking my bridesmaids through homemade flower crowns.
Seven headpieces later, and nightly dreams of flowers, I became an expert crown maker (add that to my list of special skills!). But all the while, I couldn’t help but think how adorable they would look on little ladies. The crown would make for a sweet gift for a birthday, reward for good behavior, or just because. (Note: if it’s a surprise, you’ll need to have an excuse for measuring her head.) Whether your mini-me is into fairies, is a total flower child, or just plain loves all things pretty, she is sure to shoot you a big smile!
In just three steps, you will be on your way to one colorful accessory to add to her spring wardrobe. Warning: she may never let it go.
- crown base (flexible vine of small flowers or flower wire)
- flowers (I used 20 deep pink and 9 blush blooms)
- 3/8″ satin ribbon
- floral tape and/or wire
- wire cutter
Step 1: Measure the circumference of her head with a tape measure or the flower base. Using a wire cutter, cut base to a little larger than that size. Bend base to form an oval shape and tape ends together with floral tape. (If you use vines and they aren’t long enough, tape two together.)
Tape Technique: If this is your first time using floral tape, don’t worry … yours didn’t dry out! You must stretch each piece before applying, which will give the tape its stickiness. I recommend cutting a 3-inch piece, stretching it, then keeping it taut while wrapping 4-5 times around.
Step 2: Determine the number of flowers and pattern you would like to use. Using a wire cutter, cut out your blooms leaving about 2-3 inches of stem. Arrange them in front of the crown to get a feel for the design. Then cut a 3-inch piece of floral tape and, using the technique mentioned above, secure your first bloom (you can also use floral wire). Make sure you are placing tape on base of bloom so it doesn’t pop off, and press down on tape so it’s extra secure. Cut excess stems not covered by tape. Continue adding flowers, until just past the ears.
Note: for best results, start from the center and arrange each flower facing the middle (shown below).
Step 3: Cut roughly 2 feet of ribbon and tie a tight, large bow.