What’s the idea?
Learn how to make a beautiful flower crown to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
What’s the story?
What’s not to love about flower crowns?
They are whimsical, fun, pretty and feminine.
To many of us, they also signify freedom, peace and our connection to nature.
Flower crowns, or wreaths as they were originally called, date back to ancient Rome and Greece.
They were worn on special occasions to honour the gods and were later awarded to war heroes.
Flower crowns have evolved through the ages from a mark of honour in the Olympics to being worn at pagan ceremonies and even as an adornment at Victorian weddings.
Nowadays, flower crowns make a wonderful accessory all year round.
Have fun with the endless variety of seasonal flowers.
A bold and bright flower crown can be made with large vibrant flowers, or a soft and delicate one using smaller subtle flowers.
I remember making flower crowns for a friend’s bridal shower; it was great fun to get creative with the different flowers and designs.
Needless to say, the celebration was wonderfully colourful and made for great photographs.
People should do this because…?
The Summer Solstice is just around the corner on 20 June.
Celebrate midsummer by showing off your very own flower crown creation.
It’s an affordable and fun activity that the whole family can do together.
Plus it’s a valuable new skill to add to your creative repertoire.
Flower crowns have become increasingly popular for weddings, festivals, garden parties and even picnics.
Now you can learn the skills to make your very own unique headpiece.
Once you’ve finished wearing it on your head, your flower crown can be turned into a lovely door wreath or eye-catching table centrepiece.
How do you do it?
You’ll need to have a few things handy. Check the list below for stuff you might need.
When it comes to flowers you’ll need statement flowers and filler flowers, plus some greenery to hide the base of your crown.
Statement flowers include roses, daisies and dahlias.
For filler flowers, you can use baby’s breath, poms and snapdragons.
You can use the flowers in your garden, shop-bought flowers, or even fake flowers.
You can get inspiration and even buy flower plants online from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibitors.
Stuff you may need
- Wire (for the base)
- Craft wire (to affix the flower bunches)
- Floral tape
Once you have everything you need, follow these steps to make your flower crown:
Step 1: Create the crown frame
Wrap the wire around your head to find your desired size.
Leave a finger width of wiggle room.
Cut the excess wire and secure the ends with floral tape.
Step 2: Cover the frame with greenery
Wrap the greenery around the wire frame and affix with the floral tape.
Step 3: Create mini-flower bunches to affix to your crown
Collect the stems of three flowers together and wrap with floral tape to create a mini bunch.
Combine statement flowers with filler flowers and make up to 8 bunches.
Step 4: Attach the flower bunches to the crown
Fasten the wrapped stems of your flower bunches to the crown using craft wire and covering with floral tape.
Layering flowers over the stems will create a full and seamless look.
Make sure the flowers are facing the same direction.
You can vary the design and keep statement flowers to one side of your crown.
Fill any gaps with filler flowers or greenery.
To keep your new flower crown fresh, store it in the fridge and when it comes time to wear it, spray it with some water to refresh the flowers.