flower crowns– make your own

It’s no secret I love flower crowns. OK, I  may be kind of slightly obsessed. But they are so beautiful and so simple, I thought I’d offer a quick tutorial.

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With an investment of less than $5, you can make a dozen crowns and once you learn, you’ll want to make them at camp, use them for weddings, May Day, birthdays, photos, Easter, Thanksgiving dinner or just for fun.

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Gather your supplies: floral tape– about $1, and paper wrapped floral wire– $3, (you can find these at any craft store– they even carry them at my grocery store in the floral department), scissors and flowers (I bought one of the $3.99 bouquets at Trader Joe’s). In the spring and summer, you don’t need to buy flowers.

And even in winter– the outdoors is full of treasures.

Next, measure out a piece of wrapped wire. Flower crowns come in two distinct styles: a halo, where it rests on top of the head, or a headband, where you tuck the wire under your hair. Headbands don’t require as many flowers and are easier to keep in, but some occasions call for a full crown. Happily, both measurements are about the same, so you can change your mind halfway through. Err on the side of too large rather than too small– you can always put a small twist in the wire later to make it smaller.

Twist the ends together

and wrap with floral tape.

Now you’ll want to behead all the flowers. You know how little kids like to cut blooms on 2″ stems? It’s perfectly acceptable here.

A beautiful mess.

Next, cut several strips of floral tape. You’ll be glad later when you’re fumbling to hold stems in place.

I usually start with the largest blooms. Just gather two or three in a little corsage and wrap the floral tape around the stems. Don’t worry about getting it right– it’s always right. Use your innate creativity and just add one bloom after another.

You might want to try it on once or twice during the process just to see if you like it.

Keep layering until you feel like you’re done. I should have taken more photos, but this crown was honestly less than 3 minutes from start to finish and I kind of forgot to stop.

But you should definitely stop to admire it when you’re done.

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We made these at camp last summer and I loved the way everyone created their own style. Like I said, there’s no right or wrong way to make a flower crown.

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And it’s especially fun to make a huge obnoxious sunflower crown for your leader.

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That’s me in the sunglasses. And my darling 20 year old camp assistant.

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Flower crowns don’t last long, but they’re sure to make you smile.



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