DIY flower crown
posted: June 13, 2014
Victoria Moffat is one talented chick. A former lululemon team member working at our GEC in Australia, Vic has been smashing goals—including kicking off a new career as a lawyer. She can do more than just dish out legal advice, though. In her spare time, Victoria can turn a bunch of flowers into a rockin’ flower crown. (Did somebody say festival hair? Say Wanderlust, what?) Over to Victoria to show you how.
I am not a trained florist. Before lululemon, I worked with some amazingly talented professionals and picked up a few tricks, and have managed to teach myself how to make crowns and headpieces through plenty of practice, trial and error (and thanks to beautiful friends willing to test them out). So, you can definitely give this a crack with no previous experience.
1. Choose your blooms. You want long-lasting flowers with one or two strong blooms per stem (so that they don’t break when you bend them). You can use many different varieties but I usually stick to just one or two, otherwise it gets tricky when you start to place the flowers evenly. Roses are great for beginners because they have a nice big head and a strong stem. For the video, above, we used lisianthus, which worked a treat. You’ll also need some greenery; ivy or anything with a smaller leaf works best.
2. Prepare the flowers. Pick off individual blooms from the larger stems and strip off the greenery (this may or may not be necessary depending on the sort of flower you’ve chosen). Next, get some thin floristry wire (you can pick this up at any florist) and individually wire each of the blooms. Stick one end into the very base of the bloom and twist around the stem (being careful not to snap it). Leave about 10cm of excess wire at the end of the stem. You’ll also need to wire the greenery by snipping off workable lengths then wrapping wire all the way around the stem (again leaving some excess).
3. Create a base for the crown. Use standard thick floristry wire (again, available from any florist). Make sure you measure the wearer’s head according to where they want to wear it. It can be worn like a headband across the top of the head, or more like a crown going all the way around. Wire the greenery stems on to the base, and secure with the floristry tape (also called parafilm). The key here is to strengthen the crown by wrapping extra wire and tape around any weaker points in the crown where two stems meet.
4. Attach the blooms. Working your way around the base, use the wire attached to each bloom to wrap it around and in between the greenery leaves, and every two or three blooms secure the stems with the tape. Make sure the blooms are evenly placed amongst the greenery, and play around with different placements. I like to get the wearer to test the crown a few times during this process to make sure it’s on the right track and that there’s no wire digging in anywhere.
5. Secure any excess wire with tape and trim back the greenery. The result you’re looking for here is a neat and round crown. (You can of course leave it looking a bit more chaotic if that’s the look you’re going for.)
6. Present the wearer with their crown. Prepare for oohs and aaahs of appreciation from onlookers (who hang their heads in shame at their store bought faux floral crowns).
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