How to make a flower crown
Making your own flower crowns is creative and unique activity for hen party, birthday, baby shower or any special occasions you can think of. It is the perfect choice if you are a craft-loving (crafty) person. Flowers brighten up anyone’s day. And you can have loads of fun with beautiful blooms and learn a whole new skill at floral crown making workshop. But, you might not be able to get the service due to location or time/date or you’d prefer to run a relaxing flower crown workshop in your own home. This blog will show you step-by step guide from setting up, building a flower crown from scratch to wrapping up. It is informative and educational. Hope you enjoy this article!
1. Table & Chairs
First you will need a table and chairs or stools. You can sit on the floor or on a couple of pillows for a picnic feel.
2. Little Jars
Little jars or vessels for flowers – pickle jars or mason jars at home can be used.
It’s not necessary to put on apron but I found the guests loved them so much at my workshops. They are just so cute.
Floral wires come in a variety of thicknesses – the higher the gauge number the finer the wire. The gauge ranges from 16 to 34. The most common wires for flower crowns are 22 and 24. If you plan to use big blooms, use thicker wire.
5. Floral tapes
You should pull the tape and make it stretchy. When stretched, it creates natural adhesion to itself and to flower stem. It might be tricky to handle in the first place. But you will get used to it as time goes by. Don’t be panic if you break the tape. We can start again.
6. Floral snips
Ribbon or twine to tie the floral crown on
The most important material, Flowers. First pick the colour palettes to match your party theme. Mixing flowers with colours is endless. Unfortunately, not all fresh flowers can be used to build a flower crown. Some blooms have a short lifespan. Some are soft and hollow stemmed. For instance, tulips, ranunculus, dahlias, anemones. You will also want to avoid heavy flowers that are too big as it will be uncomfortable to wear after a while. It is important to choose right blooms that last for a long time out of water.
For statement flowers, spray roses, Lisianthus, paper daisies are hardy and available all year around. Wax, statice, baby’s breath, misty and gomphrena are great choices for filler flowers. Add foliage and berries to highlight. They go the distance and look pretty as an accent.
Step by step guide
1. Make a wire band
Firstly, we need to create a band that will fit your head. Use wire gauge 18 with 18” length. Produce small loops at the ends. Wrap the floral tape well around the loops. Don’t worry if the band doesn’t fit your head initially. We will add ribbon at the loops.
2. Wire flowers
Wiring extends and strengthens flower stems and also allows you to manipulate the components. You will have more control with wiring.
There are many different ways to wire flowers. This pdf shows you an easy guide. The intention of the session is having fun. Just follow the basic steps. You will soon have your floral headpiece.
Cut the stem about 2 cm from the head. We snip off flowers to make the crown lighter. Pierce the seed room with wire 24. For bigger blooms, use 22. Bend the wire down. Stretch and wrap the floral tape over the wire. The taping helps to prevent moisture loss and also covers the wire.
Snip off the stem. Grab wire 24. It is better not to wind the wire around the stem because it has soft stem. And Tape it firmly.
3. Gather all the components
Good news is that it is not necessary to wire all the flowers. Of course, in theory, we should wire and tape every single flower. But this will take ages to finish a flower crown. From my experiences, I found the above flowers are ok without wiring. Gum leave, wax, paper daisy, bachelor, verticordia, statice, gum seed, baby’s breath (from left to right) When you cut these flowers, leave the stems a bit longer as we don’t use wire. Condition the flowers before use. Ensure the stems you are wiring is smooth and neat so it doesn’t look bulky.
Prepare enough flowers and foliage. And gather and lay out all the components in within reach. It will make the process faster and simpler. You can add more flowers if needed.
4. Add flowers to the crown
Design a floral crown is an art. And there are no rules. You can make a simple crown with one type of flower. Or you’d prefer big and lush floral crown with a mixture of different flowers.
Form into a circular shape. Start from one end with a small and light flower or foliage. I found the gum leaves are good to begin with. Take the first piece and lay on this loop to cover the mechanic. Wrap the parafilm tape firmly to secure the elements. Make sure the taping is smooth and neat!
Lay the second piece just beneath the first one. Place a few more small blooms to the band. Ensure all leaves and flowers lay in the same direction around the wire and face outward. I wouldn’t use big signature flowers from the beginning as it makes your headpiece heavier.
Continue constructing your flower crown by attaching more flowers and greenery. Don’t forget to cut the wires and stems as you go. You may want to use bigger and statement flowers on the focal point. Wear the band and check to see you are building desired look.
The rest is easy and simple. Keep repeating until you reach the end. Finish with one last piece turning it the opposite direction.
5. Wear the flower crown
Pick your favourite ribbon. Thread it through the two loops and tie into a bow. It will allow you to adjust the fit as needed. Try on the floral crown.
It is time to admire your work and take lots of selfies!
Keep it cool until use. Place it in a cool room or fridge. Or you can hang it to dry on a wall. Enjoy your beautiful masterpiece.
Please check out our flower crown workshop page for your inspiration!