Today’s floral crown tutorial is for you ladies that want to give yourself a gift for Valentine’s Day (or maybe for another girlfriend who needs some love!) If you aren’t coupled up on Valentine’s Day or just find the concept a bit blah, why not head to your local flower mart by yourself or with some friends and stock up on pretty flowers. Then, with today’s tutorial from Jess over at Taylor+Taylor, you can turn them into a gorgeous floral crown and feel pretty and strong and beautiful.
First, here’s your shopping list:
- purple hellebores
- green carnations
- dark pink astrantia
- white ranunculi
- privet berry
- willow eucalyptus
- a variety of queen anne’s lace
- dusty miller
- 4′ – 3/8″ wide ribbon
- green florist tape
- 16” gauge straight floral wire
- ribbon shears
- bonsai shears
- Take the flowers and greenery you want to use for the crown and cut all the stems 2-3” I usually estimate – there’s no need to measure exactly. If you want a cluster of 3 larger heads for a focal point on the floral crown you may need to allow extra length on one or two stems so you can position and tape them properly on the crown. I prefer to cut and prep all of the flowers I’m planning on using so I don’t have to stop halfway and loose my rhythm (this allows for a much more organic and creative flow.)
- Wire and tape the larger blooms so they are as sturdy as possible. Run the wire through the base of the flower head to the midway point and then bend the wire + clip to the right size. Wrap the stem + wire together with floral tape when finished. This makes it easier to attach them to the crown and keep them in place once they are on your head.
- Measure the circumference of your head with the ribbon. Mark where you want the flowers to stop and then add an extra 12” on either side in order to have enough ribbon at the end to tie in a bow. I prefer the flowers to stop just behind the ears but you can play with whatever you like!
- Take the measured ribbon and tape the 16” gauge floral wire to the section of the ribbon that will wrap around the head (this will start about 12” from the end of the ribbon.) If you find your ribbon slips off the wire too much, you can pre-tape the wire so there is something the ribbon can grip onto.
- Begin adding your prepared flowers! Start by taping your first flower to the taped + wired ribbon from step 4. I start with some greenery so it’s a bit softer on the ends but you can start with whatever you feel inspired by.
- As you tape the flowers on, make sure you continue to tape them securely to the taped + wired ribbon. This will ensure they are sturdy and will not shift or fall off when wearing the floral crown. You can place the flowers however you like but I like to alternate the flowers by size and variety – usually I hold the crown back every once-in-a-while and see how it’s taking shape. Smaller greenery can organically flow outward/upward but keep the larger heads moving in the same direction. If you decided earlier that you wanted to have a cluster of larger heads I would position them closer to the side of the head and avoid the top of the head since it tends to get pretty heavy and can cause the crown to slip off the head.)
- Once you reach 3-4” before the other end of the crown, flip the direction of the flowers as you tape them on. This will hide the the end and allow the floral crown to have a finished and even look on both ends.
VOILA! You’re done. Simply place it on your head, tie the ribbon and secure with bobby pins for extra support. If you aren’t ready to wear it or you want to wear it a few days in a row (because floral crowns aren’t just for Valentine’s Day), store it in an airtight container or bag in the fridge.
There you have it guys! And Jess is totally right, floral crowns aren’t just for Valentine’s Day – I could totally see this used in an elopement, for a baby shower or maternity photos, a Mother’s Day brunch (it’s just around the corner!), or any other day you or another special lady want to feel a little extra fancy. And if you love floral crowns, but DIY isn’t your thang, Jess from Taylor+Taylor is offering flower arrangements + flower crowns for those of you in the Los Angeles area on Valentine’s Day. Place your order between February 5th – February 12th and use the code LOVELY2015 and get 10% off (a special Valentine for Oh Lovely Day readers).
PS – Check out all of our past Valentine’s Day inspiration here!