May 30, 2018

DIY Flower Crowns



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A few weeks ago right before Mother's Day, I was trying to think about what to do to celebrate with my mom. Inspired by the Love of Mothers Shoot I thought it would be special to recreate similar photos, but this time for my parents and sisters, particularly with my kids. Most of our pictures are iPhone snaps and we're looking pretty bum-y. The last time we took family photos was in 2008, so I thought Mother's Day would be a good time to have us all dress up and (finally) take some decent pictures taken. And because I loved the touch of the flower crowns from the Malibu shoot, I decided to DIY some floral crowns for me, Hannah, my mom and two sisters. This was my first time attempting the project, so it was a bit ambitious of me to try and make five crowns the day before, but with the help of my sweet hubby, we got it done. If you want to give it a go, here's my step-by-step (and maybe start out with making just one lol).

Supplies Needed

  1. Flowers (duh). So because this was my first time making not only one, but five, flower crowns, I had no idea how much I would need when it came to flowers. So I went to Trader Joe's and bought: (a) 4 dozen white roses; (b) 3 of the purple 8-stem flowers; (c) 2 of the eight-stem mini roses; and (d) 5 of the mixed greens. This ended up being MUCH more than I needed, even for 5 crowns. But I didn't mind because I figured I'd just make bouquets from whatever was left over.
  2. Floral Wire
  3. Floral Tape
  4. Scissors for floral tape and flowers
A quick note about the floral wire. If I were to do this again, I'd skip the floral wire and use this natural wrapped wire instead. It will save you a couple of the steps below.


Instructions

If you have the thicker wrapped wire, you can skip this step. If not, then take 3 of the floral wires and wrap some floral tape around them. This is to make your base thick. Otherwise, a single floral wire is too flimsy to hold the weight of the flowers. Because my wire was too short when I bent it into a circle, I had to repeat the wrapping of the 3 wires to connect two thick stems to make one really long one. Once you have that, you can measure your head to wrap the base into a circle.







Once you have your base, start with your greenery, taping it around the base with the floral tape.


Now the fun part: add your flowers! I left about 2-inches of the stem so that I could tape it to the base. Work your way around making sure all the flowers and greens are going in the same direction. 


In addition to the roses, I used the purple flowers as fillers to add throughout the crown. There's not an exact science here, just see what you think looks good. That's all there is to it! If you end up DIYing your own crowns, I'd love to see. And if you have any pointers, please share!


Here's what they looked like on us; not too bad, eh?



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