Flower crowns are trending for weddings and bridal showers. While it may look daunting, making your own crown is simple and requires very few materials.
What you will need:
-assorted greenery (seeded eucaplyptus, olive leaves, dusty miller)
-filler flowers (limonium, babies breath, million star gypsophila)
-main flowers (roses, ranunculus, gerber daisies)
-green pipe cleaners
-green floral tape
Start by looking through all your products. I like to clip 5 inch pieces of olive leaves and set aside the pieces that aren't browning and curve a little bit.
Next build the base of your crown. Grab the pipe cleaner and tie together three pieces end to end, twisting about two inches together from each. You may then place around your head and twist the two ends together to keep a placeholder. If you are making the crown for someone else, using your own head as a base will help create the shape of the crown. You can also use round objects such as a lampshade to create the rounded look.
Start grabbing single pieces of olive leaves and use the floral tape to secure the leaves onto the pipe cleaner in two places. If you haven't used floral tape before, the tape will become adhesive once it is stretched. Pull the edge of the tape and then begin to wrap the tape and leaves around the pipe cleaner. Try to tape in places where a leaf will cover so it is less likely to see the mechanics.
Continue this around the base of the crown. Make sure as you add the leaves they are pointing in the same direction. Once you feel you have enough coverage, you may add any other greenery that you want to incorporate into the crown using the same method.
Now it's time to add the roses. You may attach roses by the stem, or if you want a very tight look you may cut the rose. The rose is easier to attach when it still has part of the stem, but I will show both parts so you may choose which you like best:
If you are attaching by the stem, strip the rose of it's leaves and pluck away the guard petals. Guard petals protect the flower while it is being transported, but should be removed before being added in their final arrangement. There will typically be 2-3 guard petals per rose. Strip the rose of it's leaves and snip the rose with 2 inches of stem remaining.
Angle the rose where you want it to lay on the crown and attach the stem to the pipe cleaner by laying the stem over the pipe cleaner and attaching with the floral tape.
If you want the rose to sit closer to the crown, you may cut the rose off of the stem. Mind you, this will significantly shorten the life of the flower and should only be done if the crown is being worn within a few hours of designing. Hold the rose firmly at the base of the petals and snip the rose 2 centimeters from the base of the stem. Continue to hold firmly as you apply floral adhesive to the cut portion of the rose. After 20 seconds, place the rose on the exact place on the crown you'd like it to sit. Keep in mind it will adhere better if the rose is touching leaves and will bond to the crown quicker.
Continue to add roses or spray roses along the crown in a pattern that appeals to you. Add filler flowers and additional greenery as needed. Filler flowers, because of their small stem, usually adhere better with floral adhesive rather than floral tape.
Let the crown sit and allow a few minutes for the glue to dry. Take this time to look at the crown from all angles and assure that your mechanics (ie floral tape, glue, stems) do not show from any angle.
Store the crown in a cool dark place until it is ready to use.
You are now ready for your wedding, photo shoot, frolicking in the woods, whatever pleases you!
Below are a few variations of flower crowns you can make:
You are now ready for your wedding, photoshoot, frolicking in the woods, whatever pleases you!