As you already know, I love all things Renaissance. Here is my favorite way to make an easy DIY flower crown for your next day at the Faire.
How to Make a Flower Crown
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I have been dreaming about flowers lately. There’s something about spring that makes me want to surround myself with flowers even more than I usually do. I just can’t get enough! Recently, I attended a party at the SNAP Conference where we made floral crowns from faux flowers. They were nice, but I couldn’t help but wish my crown was made of real flowers.
Because I couldn’t stop thinking about flower crowns, I decided to do a bit of research. Did you know that Queen Victoria was responsible for bringing this fashion to Europe? She wore her first flower crown made of orange blossom during her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840!
As a result of all my research, I decided to give the live flower crown a try. I found these flowers at the market, they weren’t all that expensive, about $15.00. I even had a few extra to put in a vase as table decor. My flower crown was a complete success and I wanted to share it with you!
- floral wire
- floral tape
- wire cutters
- pruning sheers
- 1 bouquet Baby’s Breath or other small flowers
- 1 mixed flower bouquet with Daisies and Chrysanthemums
- 1/8″ craft ribbon in various colors (white, blue, pink, purple, magenta, green)
- measuring tape
First, you will need to 20 pieces of wire about 6″ long . You will also need 9 pieces of 3″ wire. I attached my measuring tape to the table with Scotch tape to make it easy to cut the wire while measuring.
Next, I measured the circumference of my head, mine was 21″.
Starting with the small baby’s breath branches, I wired several of them together with the 6″ wire pieces. I trimmed the ends of the flowers to about 8″ in length. When they were firmly attached to eachother, I grabbed another spray of them and wired them to the first stems, making a chain.
I continued this same process until my chain measured 23″. This was slightly longer than my head circumference, but I wanted to have enough room to attached the chain together at the end. (Notice how the flowers are all facing one direction, it is best to keep the back side flat so it will fit against your head.)
The next step was to trim the mums to a 2″ stem. Using a 3″ piece of wire, I poked it up through the middle of the flower, hooking it slightly at the end with the needle nose end of the wire cutters. PULL the hook gently back through the center of the flower until it’s secure, it will disappear in the center of the flower.
Add your flowers to the baby’s breath chain, wiring them to the base at even intervals.
Create the wreath shape by overlapping the first strand of baby’s breath with the opposite ends of the chain then secure the wreath using the floral wire. Cover the ends of the wire with floral tape to avoid having wire poking into your head all day. Remember to leave a small space between the flowers to add your ribbon! The ribbon will add a nice Renaissance touch to your crown.
Finally, cut 3 pieces of each different colored ribbon (18 pieces total) at 24″ long. Putting them all in a pile, I attached them to the flowers by making a loop halfway up the ribbon length, then pulling the ends back through the loop, leaving the cut ends free.
The completed flower crown reminds me of the flower wreaths that they sell at the Renaissance Faire each summer. I think I will be making another one for my yearly trip to the Faire!
A crown like this one would look be beautiful for a bridal crown, flower girls, or even special occasions like a birthday party or baby shower. I’ve recently seen many girls having DIY flower crown stations at their events as a fun activity. The possibilities are truly endless!
If you’re looking for more Renaissance DIY projects, check out my other costume posts!
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