Fit for a Queen: Making a Floral Crown
Hi there friends, and happy Earth Day!
The inspiration for today’s project comes directly from nature itself. Surrounded by spring blossoms, this flower-filled accessory is fit for the most wonderful queen of all… Mother Earth. I wonder if any of you could have already guessed what project I was working on with my foraged woodland wonders. As the title says, it’s a rustic and romantic flower headpiece. You already know my love affair with flowers, and you probably already know about my obsession with using fragrant flowers as an accessory. My mom actually started the trend, decorating my non-existent hair with small daisies. When I’d go out with friends as a teenager, I’d quickly pick a sprig of jasmine to stick behind my ear. I absolutely had to have a sprinkling of flowers in my hair during our wedding. What I have never tried, up until now, was a living, breathing flower wreath. I’ve seen the trend floating around the internet, and I know it might already be a little overdone… but, to me, a head-full of flowers never gets old!
With the foraged windflowers, blossoming wild cherry branches, twigs of white sloe flowers, and willow branches close at hand, I set about building the structure for the crown. To do this you’ll need some green floral tape, medium gauge wire (the color doesn’t matter since you’ll be wrapping it with the green tape) and ribbon. Measure a piece of wire that comfortably fits around your head before making your cut. Starting at one end of the cut wire, simply wrap the floral tape around, and around, and around… and around… until you reach the other end. To secure the tape in place, pierce it with the wire and then wrap around the end one more time.
Next, bend each end back toward the middle. This will create little “loops” through which you will string your ribbon of choice.
Tada! Your structure is complete. Now it’s time for the fun part… adding all of the flowery bits! I started with my “base” plant, the willow branches full of tiny fresh leaves. This base layer will create a sturdier frame while helping to hide the green wire. If you don’t have any willow branches, feel free to get creative. What about snipping some pieces of your favorite vine (jasmine, honeysuckle, etc.) or maybe some silvery-green olive branches?
Again, working from both ends, add one branch at a time and secure at the end with your green floral tape. If the branch is a bit longer, you can secure it at multiple points along the wire. Repeat this process until your branches meet in the middle and your crown is completely covered.
Break out the branches! It’s time to bring on the blossoms. Since their wood was easily pliable and petite, I added the sloe flowers first. Similar to the willow branches, I secured both ends of each twig with floral tape. For a more care-free and rustic look, let the wispy branches stick out at odd angles. If in the end you’re not happy with them, you can always snip them off.
Next I chose to stick short branches of cherry blossoms into the crown. The larger flowers on the cherry branches helped to fill in any gaps and add another level of dimension. As a final flowery touch, I added small groupings of windflowers. I found that it worked best to secure about five flowers together with floral tape before sticking them in-between the branches of the crown. You can use a wide range of accent flowers for this step… daffodils, tulips, dramatic peonies, roses, daisies, etc. Actually, I wouldn’t suggest adding windflowers. By the time we’d taken some fun photos, the flowers had already begun to droop. Oops.
Step back and admire your floral creation. If you’re happy with the aesthetics of your crown of flowers, you’re done! All you have to do is add the ribbon of your choice.
Going with the cream and blush theme, I chose a soft peach ribbon for my crown. Of course, I just had to try it on for size!
It fit like a glove! I snapped a few more pictures before crowning myself queen for a day and heading out for a mini-photoshoot under the setting sun.
It was a bit windy, but the flowers held up a-okay. I think Mother Earth would be quite pleased to adorn herself with this crown full of sweet spring flowers, don’t you? :)
If I could turn back time, I would most definitely have jumped on the floral crown bandwagon and worn one of these romantic headpieces on my big day. You can adjust the foliage and flowers to fit any wedding theme, really. From woodland to prairie… wild to understated. Simply start with the wire structure, and follow your own inspiration! :)
Have a wonderful Earth Day everyone, and I’ll see you tomorrow!