When I was younger, my family went to a medieval fair. We had a fantastic time watching the bird show, eating turkey legs, and – my personal favorite – people watching.
There were a variety of vendors there as well. You could get your name written on a grain of rice, a glittery butterfly drawn on your face, or even purple streaks in your hair. While all of those looked interesting, I had my eyes focused on just one booth – the flower crowns.
I can still remember to this day searching for the perfect crown while my (poor) parents patiently waited. There must have been hundreds neatly organized in rows. My fingers needed to examine each and every one of them to make sure I picked the best.
Suddenly—there it was. A delicate, circular crown with demure blue roses sitting atop a light blue ribbon with extra ribbon dangling down.
I tried it on to be sure. It fit perfectly and tilted down the back of my head so the ribbons could dangle down my back just right. The blue made my hair look even more red, which I liked. It just felt right.
I wore it proudly that day and for many days after. I’m pretty sure it went to show-and-tell with me. And to the fair again the next year. I still have that crown. Would it fit on my head still? I hope so. It’s in a box somewhere in a spare room.
After a decade (or two, agh!), it was time for a new flower crown. When my friends and I planned our trip to the bluebonnet fields that I shared last week, I knew it was the perfect time to make one of my own!
I read a ton of tutorials when I was planning how to make my crown. A lot of them were super complicated, and ain’t nobody got time for that. So, I decided to wing it and just go with the flow.
I tested three methods. One just did not work, one worked but was way too time-consuming, and one worked and was pretty quick. Winner!
Making Your Flower Crown
Use the spool of floral wire to create your crown base. You’ll want to wrap the wire around your head loosely 3 times. You should leave enough room for a finger to fit between the wire and your head comfortably. You can either twist the ends together or create a hook on each side.
Cover the entire crown in floral tape. If you haven’t worked with floral tape before it can take some getting used to. (It only sticks to itself.) The outside will still be slightly sticky when you are through which will allow it to secure to your head better.
Cut your flowers so the stems are 2-3” long. You can always cut them shorter if needed so it’s best to keep them on the longer side.
Create your pattern with your flowers until you are happy with how it will look. I chose a mix of large and small flowers – totally a matter of personal style. If you choose bigger flowers you can use less and still get a fuller crown.
Once you have decided on your pattern, attach your flowers to the crown. I used floral wire for this. This was the hardest part for me and just takes some practice. I held the flower stem with one hand and twisted wire with the other.
Once the flower is secure you can snip the wire off but be careful, it’s sharp! Twist the wire with your pliers so the pointy end is pointing outwards; you don’t want it to stab you in the head when you wear it.
Step Six: (optional)
If you want, you can cover your crown with green floral tape to help cover any pointy wires. I didn’t, but this is a good idea if it’s for a young child.
Wear to a field of wildflowers and frolic. 🙂
When I got home from the Bluebonnets, I wanted MORE flower crowns. I didn’t want to be greedy so I decided to make one for my faux animal BFF – Glitzen the reindeer!
Now, Scott has pointed out to me that due to the horns on his head Glitzy is a stag…aka a boy. But Glitzen looks fabulous with his golden horns and his daisy crown – I love him just the way he is! 😛 Doesn’t he look nice all spruced up?
You go Glitzen. Work it! 🙂