How to Make a Flower Crown

Flower crowns are nostalgic and hold connotations of childhood days in the park, collecting up little flowers and looping them together. They’re a wistful link to hot summer days of the past when a daisy chain, balanced akimbo on your head, would complete your outfit in the playground.

Even though I'm a giant fan of bridal bouquets, wearing flowers in your hair means they’re secured in your hair all day long. You don’t have to worry about leaving a flower crown on the top table as you run to the dance floor at a wedding. They get a lot of air time on your big day because they'll be in every photo with you.

They’re also a brilliant way to link your theme to you for your day, especially if you’re going to be wearing white or another neutral colour. To make sure your autumnal theme, summer blush pink look or colour pop theme is all around and on you on your big day, it’s a great idea to add colour to your outfit with a flower crown.

Flower crowns add a relaxed and bohemian look to your wedding day. They are the type of accessory that lends itself to being more on the chilled side of weddings. Nobody really puts on a flower crown and feels stuffy and formal. All your guests will be looking forward to a chilled out wedding that sums the both of you up.

A homemade flower crown is a beautiful and impressive accessory to adorn at a festival, wedding or party. I’ve written a step by step guide to help you make a flower crown of your own. The flowers won’t be drinking water once you’ve created the crown so make your headpiece on the day you need it or the night before for optimum freshness. P.s. be careful with scissors x.

You will need:

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Thick green floristry wire

Thin silver floristry wire

Green floristry stem tape

Scissors

Ribbon

Flowers and Leaves – selection of different sizes and colours. I’ve used pink sweet william, pink spray roses, dusky blue eryngium thistle, yellow santini, eucalyptus and rosemary.

1 – Cut an inch from the flower stems and place them in water so they get a good drink before you start working with them.

2 – Measure the circumference of your head where you would like the flower crown to sit.

3 - Twist 2 green wires together to make one longer wire and then twist and connect both ends of the wire together to make a hoop that measures the circumference of your head. Cover the wire in green floristry stem tape so it’s smooth and won’t catch in your hair.

4 - Cut your flowers down so each stem is roughly 2 cm long.Use the thin silver floristry wire to wire your flowers.

5 - For softer stems push the wire up through the stem and then tape in place (image above, left). For more firm stems bend the wire in half and hook it over one of the prongs of the thistle or a lower offshoot, then make sure both wires point downwards and firmly twist one of the wires round itself and the stem (image above, right). This second method works with rosemary too.

6 - Cut your leaves down so the stems are a couple of cm long and thread the wire across the the back of the leaf. Fold the two sides of wire down, twist one wire around the stem and the other end of the wire.

7 - Using florist tape, tape all the individual stems you’re going to use.

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8 - Lay out the order you’d like your flowers to be arranged in around your crown.

9 - Pick up your hoop and stem tape. One by one, tape your individually wired flower and leaf stems onto your hoop in the order they’ve been laid out in. Pull firmly on the tape to activate the stickiness and to make sure the tape stays very tight against the stems and the hoop. Make sure all the flowers and leaves are facing outwards. Keep checking your crown in the mirror to make sure your design is looking the way you want it to.

10 - Once the last stem has been taped on, tie your ribbon to the back of the design.

Now, wear your crown with pride!

Want to learn how to make a flower crown with me? I run flower crown workshops for groups in Sussex. I provide fresh flowers in bright and pastel colours so everyone ends up making something completely different. In the workshop I'll show you all how to wire and tape flowers onto a hoop which you can wear for the rest of the day and into the night. I'll visit you where you're staying and then clear up all the flower bits and bobs afterwards. Visit my contact page here and send me a message if you’d like to book, I’d love to hear from you.

Want to learn how to make your cut flowers last longer?

There’s a blog post for you right here.