Ever since I read Anne of Green Gables, I have always always wanted to make my own flower crown. I even tried the easier option of weaving into a straw hat (side note: NOT the easier option). Maybe I didn’t have the right flowers or the right climate for it but for some reason, it never worked out. My DIY Flower Crown was always a DNQ: Did Not Quite…Yet another book-related dream to leave behind in my youth.
And then the universe offered up a Flower Crown Workshop!! Sign me up and take my money!! Now I know how to make a flower crown AND I can share it with you! Big thanks to Sydney Flower School and Play World Australia for the opportunity.
How to Make a Flower Crown
There are three ways to make a flower crown:
- Use floristry wire as your core structure
- Use flexible aluminum wire to create a frame
- Use a twisted vine or long stems as your foundation
Each of these methods is easy to do; the difference is on your expectations and uses for it. If you’re heading outside to enjoy the fresh new Spring wafting through your garden, then a sweet ‘n simple vine/long-stem design will suit you for the day. However, if you’re planning on using this crown for a special event, you’re going to want more structure with the aluminum frame.
I’m going to step you through the middle option: Using floristry wire as your core structure. This will hold its shape for a little longer and allow you to explore your creativity with a greater range of flowers.
What You Will Need for a DIY Flower Crown
- Binding wire (available at most local hardware or garden centres)
- Ribbon or string
- Fresh flowers (see below for our suggestions)
- Floral tape – blends in with your flowers and holds the flowers together
- Cutters – not your good fabric scissors. Something to cut the flowers and wire.
Flowers Worthy of a Crown
It’s all about the flowers!! However, your choice of flowers will set the tone for the crown you will wear. Are you looking for something full and glorious? Or a lighter, more gentle circlet? If you choose a bold signature flower, it can help to break it up with some greenery and ‘filler flowers’ to round out the look. Here are some of our favourites:
Daisy (Innocence and purity)
- Measure the wire to about twice your head’s circumference
- Create a small loop at each end
- Take three flowers with stems about 10cm/4 inches long. Braid/Plait the stems together
- Take the wire and wrap it around the flower stems, rolling it around to hold the flowers to the wire
- Continue to add new flowers to the braid/plait, and roll the wire around to secure it the flowers to the structure
- Make sure you use plenty of greenery to support the flowers and balance the weight of the crown
- Don’t worry too much about loose edges sticking out. A slightly wild look suits the flower crowns and you can always tidy up the really “sticky-out bits” with floral tape
- Once you have enough to cover your head, tape of the end of the flower braid to the wire
- Weave the ribbon through the loops at the end of the wire, and pull tight to tie at the back of your head.
- Wear your crown with pride and wild abandonment!!