DIY: flower crown using real flowers

sometimes you need to let your inner hippie shine through. in the case of the DIY flower crown, this rings true -- loud and clear. making this piece, i had more fun that i could have imagined. it was relaxing and i felt like i had no bounds on my creativity. so when your're making yours, let me offer this one tidbit. go nuts! there are no real rules as to what you can or cannot do. pick your favorite flowers and enjoy! 

here's what you'll need: 

  • a couple of bunches of your favorite flowers. [i chose two small bundles of carnations and a green leafy type bundle. $15
  • bendable artificial wood bundle [at any hobby store in the floral department]. $4.99
  • floral wire [at any hobby store in the floral department]. $1.99
  • floral tape [at any hobby store in the floral department]. $2.99
  • scissors.
the makings of something incredibly awesome. and just a note, my house smelled amazing during this process.

the makings of something incredibly awesome. and just a note, my house smelled amazing during this process.

step 1. measure the artificial wood wire around your head and cut it. i wrapped mine twice just so it was sturdy enough.   once it's cut according to your measure, twist the end around itself so you don't get poked in the head by the wire. 

step 1. measure the artificial wood wire around your head and cut it. i wrapped mine twice just so it was sturdy enough. 

once it's cut according to your measure, twist the end around itself so you don't get poked in the head by the wire. 

bunch together a couple of flowers. i used at least 3 in each little bunch. trim and tape. 

bunch together a couple of flowers. i used at least 3 in each little bunch. trim and tape. 

another view of what the first bunch looked like. 

another view of what the first bunch looked like. 

once your bunch is taped, trim it. you want a little bit of length to firmly attach to the crown, but not so much that it becomes a nuisance later on. you're going to need at least 8 of these bunches depending on how full you want your crown to be. 

once your bunch is taped, trim it. you want a little bit of length to firmly attach to the crown, but not so much that it becomes a nuisance later on. you're going to need at least 8 of these bunches depending on how full you want your crown to be. 

here's one of the bunches i plan on attaching last. i've made the stem longer to give it length. i still want the flowers to reach the top of the crown from the back.  make 2 like this so you can put one on each side. these will be attached at the end.

here's one of the bunches i plan on attaching last. i've made the stem longer to give it length. i still want the flowers to reach the top of the crown from the back.

make 2 like this so you can put one on each side. these will be attached at the end.

align the bunches with your pre-measured crown from earlier. i moved the bunches around a few times until i liked where they were. this part is fun to play with a little bit to see how different it looks iust by moving your flowers around.  important: start in the middle and work your way out. you're going to apply with the wire in this way as well. the 2 bunches in the middle will be facing each other and work outward from there. 

align the bunches with your pre-measured crown from earlier. i moved the bunches around a few times until i liked where they were. this part is fun to play with a little bit to see how different it looks iust by moving your flowers around.

important: start in the middle and work your way out. you're going to apply with the wire in this way as well. the 2 bunches in the middle will be facing each other and work outward from there. 

cut your floral wire about 3-4 inches and wrap around your flower bunch and your crown to attach. make sure this wire is as tight as you can get it [without breaking your flower bunch].

cut your floral wire about 3-4 inches and wrap around your flower bunch and your crown to attach. make sure this wire is as tight as you can get it [without breaking your flower bunch].

add the next layer on top of your previous bunch, and attach with wire.

add the next layer on top of your previous bunch, and attach with wire.

once you've attached all of your bunches, add in the longer ones. one on each side. and you're done!  your crown looks great!! 

once you've attached all of your bunches, add in the longer ones. one on each side. and you're done!

your crown looks great!! 

i used what was leftover and made a quick bouquet as well. 

i used what was leftover and made a quick bouquet as well. 

finished product in action! 

finished product in action! 

Brandi Howell1 Comment