These DIY flower crowns are SO PRETTY and are such a fun way to add a whimsical touch to your look. Learn how to make a flower crown by following the simple step by step photo and video tutorials below!
Use real or artificial flowers and make a bohemian headpiece to match your special event colours. These flower crowns are inexpensive, super easy to make, and they’re the perfect accessory for weddings and festivals!
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How to Make a Flower Crown
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Step 1: Find what you need
- To make this flower crown you'll need 2 kinds of wire (thin and thick), floral tape, wire cutters, and needle nose pliers.
- You'll also need to gather the flowers and greenery you'd like on your flower crown.We used faux flowers, but you can also use real flowers. For artificial flowers, pull or cut the flowers off the stem. For real flowers, cut the flowers off with 2 - 3 inches of stem remaining.
Step 2: Make the wire crown
- Loosely measure the size of your head.You need the measurement to be a bit bigger than your actual head size because the flowers add bulk to the crown, making it a bit smaller.
- Cut the 16 gauge wire about 1 inch longer than your head measurement.
- Use the pliers to create a small hook on each end of the wire.
- Bend the wire into a circle, connecting the hooks together. Use the pliers to press down on the connection, securing the wires together.
- Wrap green floral tape around the wire until it's completely covered.
- Cut about 25 lengths of the thinner wire approximately 2 inches long.(The amount needed will depend on the number of flowers and greenery you add to your crown.)
Step 3: Add greenery and flowers to the crown
- Start by adding your larger greenery to the crown.Hold a leaf against the wrapped wire. Wrap one of the small lengths of thin wire around the leaf stem. Wind the wire tightly around the stem and crown until you run out of wire.
- Repeat with 2 or 3 other large greenery pieces, being sure to space them out.
- Next add some baby's breath so that it overlaps with one of the leaves. Wind a thin piece of wire around the stem of the flower to keep it in place.
- Attach more baby's breath, spacing it evenly around the crown.
- Attach the stem of a pink rose (or another small flower of your choice) to the crown with a piece of thin wire. Our flowers had wire attached to them already, but you can also use the small wires you cut.
- Add more of the same flower type all around the crown. You can even add some in groups of two or three to make it look more natural.
- Add another flower in a complimentary colour (we chose white). Try adding the flower at a different angle from the one beside it to create a fuller crown.
- Add more white flowers around the crown. We used two different types to add some variety.
- If you have any empty spaces, go back and fill them with coloured flowers. Try to add enough flowers so that none of the wires are showing.
- Wrap wire around one end of a longer piece of greenery (we chose eucalyptus) to add more of a natural look to the crown.Add 3 to 4 more eucalyptus sprigs to the crown, spreading them out and attaching them at different angles.
- Your DIY flower crown is complete!
- Keep your hairstyle in mind when you’re making the crown. A thick braid or up-do can change how large the crown needs to be!
- If your flower crown feels loose, or like it might fall off, secure it to your hair with bobby pins.
What type of flowers did you use?
We used faux flowers from the dollar store for our flower crowns. We found the small roses in the craft section – they’re actually paper flowers with a small wire on the back.
Some of the greenery on our crowns is fabric and some of it is plastic. If you want a more authentic look to your crown, check your local craft store for more realistic looking flowers.
Can you use real flowers to make a flower crown?
Yes! You will just have to make the flower crown as close to the time of your event as possible so the flowers don’t wilt. Make sure you leave 2 to 3 inches of stem on the real flowers when you cut them for the crown.
Then store your finished crown in an air conditioned room or in the refrigerator. Mist the flowers with water to refresh them before wearing the crown.
Is it better to use real flowers or fake flowers?
We definitely prefer making our flower crowns with artificial flowers. The blooms and greenery are stronger, so you don’t have to worry about them falling apart or getting damaged as you attach them.
Plus fake flowers will never wilt or change colour. You can store your DIY flower crown in a bag or box, out of direct sunlight, and you’ll have it for years to come!
Real flowers are, of course, extremely beautiful, but they can wilt, bruise and discolour easily. Your flower crown will have to be made right before your event and stored in the proper conditions (cool and moist).
What’s the best way to attach the flowers to the crown?
We found it easier to attach the flowers to the crown with wire. The wire was thin enough that we were able to position the flowers exactly where we wanted them and at the right angle when we used wire.
However you can also attach the flowers with more floral tape. If you use floral tape, you don’t have to worry about hiding the wires because the tape helps the flowers blend right into the crown’s base. Tape is a bit bulky, so it can get difficult to get the tape between the flowers when your crown is nearly finished.
What flowers are the best for making flower crowns?
You’ll want to add several types of greenery and flowers to your flower crown. Here are some good examples you can use for your flower crown, whether you use real or faux flowers.
- Olive branch
- Lemon leaf
- Leather fern
- Italian ruscus
Small filler flowers:
- Baby’s breath
- Spray rose
- Pom flower
Larger centerpiece flowers:
- Garden rose
These flower crowns are sooooo beautiful and really easy to make! Whether you’re looking for something chic and elegant, or whimsical and fun, you can easily make a DIY flower crown to fit your event!
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