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DIY Tutorial: Floral Crown

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Diy floral crown

‘Tis the season for floral crowns. These on-trend accessories are the perfect choice for summer, whether you’re heading to a music festival or attending a summer wedding.

Today’s DIY tutorial will help you construct and customize your very own floral crown, so you can choose whether you want to make a statement or play it subtle with these charming accessories. Read on to learn how to construct one for yourself:

What You’ll Need:

Materials DIY Floral Crown

Step One:

Step 1 DIY Floral Crown

Form the base of the floral crown by wrapping and shaping the cloth floral wire around your head where you want the crown to sit. Don’t worry if the wire is too short, that’s what step two is for!

Step Two:

Step two diy floral crown

Make a small loop with the round nose pliers at the ends of the floral crown base. Cut a long length of ribbon, and chop it in half. (The lengths really depend on how much extra distance you need on the crown base.) Double knot each ribbon to the little wire loops; for extra security, use jewelry pliers to close this loop.

To make sure the ribbon edges don’t fray, either dab a little clear nail polish on the ends or slightly burn them with a lighter.

Step Three:

Step three diy floral crown

Disassemble your flowers. Bend each flower down from its main “stem” and cut it off (easiest done with wire cutters). If you want, tear off any leaves or extra flower parts you don’t want on your final piece. I decided to keep the leaves on my azalea, but removed extras from the blossom heather.

Step Four:

Now, attach your flowers! I used four different types, prom azalea (white), blossom heather (peach), mini wisteria (blue) and pansy grass (purple). There are two basic techniques to attaching the flowers:

The first technique (shown below) is to wrap the flower stems to the crown base. Snip a length of 28 gauge wire (approximately six inches), line up the flower stem to the crown base, and wrap the wire around both the crown base and flower stem to secure. If your flower stem is sturdy and flexible enough, you can simply wrap its stem around the crown base instead.

Step 4.1 diy floral crown

The second technique is for flowers and leaves that don’t have a stem and have a hole in their center. As shown below, cut a length of 20 gauge wire (approximately three inches) and insert it into the hole in the flower/leaf. Make a loop at the end, making sure the loop is wider than the hole. The wire loop should keep the wire stem in place. Pull the wire down all the way, and wrap this portion around the crown base.

Step 4.2 diy floral crown

Pro-Tip: make sure to tuck all your wire ends on the outside of the crown base. I find that dabbing a little hot glue on the wire ends make sure the ends are blunt and won’t stab and poke your head.

Keep adding flowers to your hearts desire!

The Finished Product:

Finished product diy floral crown

With the amount of flowers I bought, I actually managed to make 7 crowns, which are pictured below. (There’s 6 different styles, and an extra crown in the picture, as that was my “practice run”.) My total cost was a little under $10.

All the DIY Floral Crowns

You can opt for a more subtle floral wreath or go bold and add tons of large flowers (see my floral crown continuum above for the variations). It’s really up to you!

How to wear your floral crown:

Wearing DIY Floral Crown

To wear, simply snuggly tie the ribbons in the back to secure. This statement-making accessory is sure to add a bohemian vibe to any look.

Feedback Please:

What do you think of this DIY project? Would you wear a floral crown? What other kind of DIY tutorials would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on August 16, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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22 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Floral Crown”

  1. 1
    August 16th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I love this! Thank you!(: I will be making mine w/ just small white flowers like babies breath so it looks delicate and goes w/ a lot! So cute!

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    August 17th, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Great job Gloria!

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    August 17th, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Cute idea….I would recommend buying really expensive fake flowers or even splurging on real ones since the obviously fake ones look a little tacky, in my opinion. Also, it’s such a statement piece would you really want to wear it over and over again? Buying – or growing your own! – real flowers look prettier and offer more variety…..just a thought!

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    August 17th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    so cool! Awesome job :)

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    August 17th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    @Rose: Thank you, I hope this tutorial helps you make your own!

    @Cristina: Thanks!

    @Lauren: I wouldn’t buy expensive fake flowers since who knows how long this fad will last? For short-lived trends, I never want my wallet to suffer. I like fake flowers because they’re easier to work with (plus, allergies to real flowers…) and because you *can* wear it over and over again-best wear the trend to the fullest of it’s potential! Also, remember that the crown I showed is the statement one, but there are also really beautiful subtle ones that can be worn everyday. The only time I think your idea would work is possibly a wedding, where everything about it is really short-lived.

    @Victoria: Thank you :D

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    August 18th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    A great tutorial. Keep seeing people asking how to make them and now I’ll know where to point them too :) Love the idea of using fresh flowers, but you really have to choose the flowers you use carefully – so many wilt super FAST without water or you’ll have to figure out how to work a water tube into the design which might be a little hard depending on the size of the flowers you are using.

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    August 18th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    @Lori

    Thanks for your comment, it made me smile :D

    And the water tube is a fantastic idea for fresh flowers (thanks for the tip!) I personally use fake flowers because 1) my manly craft hands would crush all the flowers in the process and 2) I’m allergic to all wildlife, so my hands would probably break out in hives. Though the overall creative process would follow the same techniques as this tutorial, I like my emphasis my articles be on the techniques, not the materials (materials can easily be swapped out and changed, techniques, not so much).

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    August 18th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Could you do a post showing how to style them? I have one, but I’m never quite sure how to wear it without looking like a hippie or like I’m in a wedding.

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    August 18th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    @Alyssa

    Unfortunately, I’m only in charge of the DIY column. However, there was this post from the GlitterGuide on how to style a floral crown in one of our Haute Links posts (Week of 8/8/13) http://theglitterguide.com/2013/08/05/5-ways-to-style-flower-crowns/

    But I can give you a few tips. If you don’t want to go hippie-esque/runaway wedding go-er, I like to style crowns with classic preppy pieces that are either in a pastel color or mixed with pastel pieces. Or you can DIY a crown that has fewer/smaller flowers so as to not be as hippie-style. You can always email us with your style question, and we might answer it in a full-length post!

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    August 28th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I have seriously been loving all the flowers crown lately! 5 & 6, with the smaller flowers were my favorite. I like the ribbon in the back! I’ve never seen them made that way before. Not to mention it’s cheap! Great idea.

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    September 22nd, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    @Leah: Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m quite fond of 5 & 6 as well, they’re the most “wearable” (ie people won’t stare at you like why is there a garden growing from your head). Cheap and unique is what I strive for (because I’m a starving artist) :D

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    September 30th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Love this! Great job! Did you get all the supplies from Micheals?! If not, then where from?

  13. 13
    September 30th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    @Jamilya

    Hello there! Thank you for your lovely comment, I’ve linked most of the materials within the post, I bought most of items from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

  14. 14
    October 4th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    This is awesome thank you!

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    October 15th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Awesome tutorial, I was able to make my crown of roses for my Halloween costume in less than an hour following these instructions!

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    October 15th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    @Kae: Thank you for your lovely comment :3

    @Brittany: I’m glad this helped! Thank you for the comment :D

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    January 11th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    This is very helpful. We are really in money crisis because our costumes cost a lot. We can make many flower crowns as much as we want now without being too expensive

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    January 19th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I’m really wanting to make these but I live on the UK and I’m really struggling with finding fake small flowers, anyone know any good sites to find some on?
    I want some small ish dainty ones^.^ thanks!

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    February 15th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    @Skye: I’m glad I could be of help! I just visited the Dollar Store and I noticed that they also carry tons of fake flowers, which helps save even more money!!

    @Gee: Hmm, I rely on local craft stores, but have you tried eBay? You can get anything on eBay.

  20. 20
    February 19th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    @Gee Wilkinsons has some pretty decent fake flowers if you’re still looking

  21. 21
    March 19th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    omg this is so helpful thanks so much. im always going to be coming here for tips and diy’s

  22. 22
    March 19th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    @kailah: I’m so glad to hear that! Much love ~G

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