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Floral Fashion: Hellebores in Your Hair

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Good evening, flower friends, and a very happy Friday to you all!

In honor of Carnaval, which is taking place around these parts this weekend, I thought that it would be fun to play a little dress up. Just because we won’t be celebrating this year doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy playing around with costumes and putting on a little show! The influx of newly purchased hellebores plants in combination with some trimmings left over from another project I’ve been working on made the perfect mix of ingredients for putting together a fashionable, haute-couture headpiece beautiful enough to rival the front pages of Vogue… well, alright, maybe not quite that hip and fancy, but a girl’s gotta dream, right? :)

For this project, any old fabric will do really, although antique lace would make for the most elegant look. Totally lacking in the antique trimmings department, I actually used a scrap of Alvine Spets curtain fabric from Ikea. The only other key ingredients for this project are some short-stemmed flowers (hellebores is a wonderful option during the late months of winter), a decent length of ribbon, and a needle and thread.

Start by giving your flowers a nice soak. Since they’ll be out of water and in your hair, it’s important for them to get a good drink. Just so you know, if you do choose to use hellebores, try to choose buds that have begun to develop seed pods… and even then, they will probably just barely last throughout the day. Small roses, scabiosa, anemone, and tulips are more hardy alternatives.

Use the needle and thread to attach an equal length of ribbon to both ends of your piece of lace.

Place the flower heads across the lace in a manner which pleases you most before beginning to sew them in place, one by one. I found that just a few stitches were sufficient to secure each flower to the fabric.

By the time you’ve attached all of the flowers, you should have a dense mat of petals making up one heck of a hellebores headpiece.

The fun thing about this project is that it can be worn in multiple ways! Tie it around your neck like a choker, wear it as a headband, use it as a floral sash… the decision is all yours.

I’m partial to wearing flowers in my hair, so I bet you can guess what my personal preference is… but all ways of wearing flowers are fun! ┬áIf any of you are getting married anytime soon or if you just want an easy excuse to be a floral fashionista, maybe you’ll consider giving this project a try.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. so beautiful Emily!
    I wish I had had something similar for my wedding.
    Have a great day
    Elodie

    March 1, 2014
    • Emily #

      Thanks so much, Elodie! Haha, I was thinking the same thing. I just stuck a few flowers in my hair in honor of my special day. Nothing nearly as special as this… but oh well. Maybe next time ;) xx

      March 1, 2014
  2. Such a very lovely idea….I’ve already imagined the perfect gown to go with it! Wonder if my husband will mind me getting married again?! ;)

    March 2, 2014
    • Emily #

      Hehe! As long as he’s the one waiting at the end of the aisle, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind one bit, Elizabeth ;) xx

      March 2, 2014

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