Easy Floral Crown

Since our floral crowns turned out to be central to our BlogHer experience, we figured we should share how to make them. Our original crowns were part of a brand display by @gardenmedia (which made me wonder why more brands don’t offer craft activities for marketing purposes). They looked like this.

How to make a floral crown.

Sara isn’t rolling her eyes at Marcella’s gerbera daisy headband. I believe she is in mid-snark on the brand across the aisle.

We pretty much kept them on for the rest of the event, which is how we discovered that wearing a ridiculous floral crown is a fantastic way to break down social barriers and strike up conversations with strangers. It’s like the crown has already silently broken the ice, transgressing normal social barriers just by existing on top of your head, so it’s really easy for someone to decide “Hey, that crazy woman with flowers on her head is harmless and fun, I should probably say hi.”

How to make a floral crown.

Caution: this probably works less well at Internet security conferences than it does at blogging conferences. However, even if you don’t have a crown-appropriate conference to attend, this is still a fantastic craft to make at a party. There’s nothing remotely precise about making a floral crown, so it’s entirely compatible with cocktails. (Pro tip: never mix scrapbooking and drinking.) And what party wouldn’t be improved by putting flowers on your head?

How to make a floral crown.

Materials

  • Lots of fake flowers (buy them on clearance!)
  • Floral tape
  • Paper-wrapped stem wire
  • Floral wire (optional)
  • Wire cutters or scissors

How to make a floral crown.

Step 1:
Making the crown base is the only step that requires anything even approaching precision, and even that is so simple I had my five-year-old help me demonstrate. Just take two lengths of stem wire and twist the ends around to make one long piece.

How to make a floral crown.

Step 2:
Form a circle with the wire and measure it on your head. Chances are, you’ll have way more stem wire than you need, so just trim off the excess and then twist the ends together. You can always change the fit later—just make sure you leave one of the seams flower-free so you can adjust it.

How to make a floral crown.

Step 3:
To prepare the flowers, trim the stems down to about three inches. This will give you enough length to easily attach the flower to the base of the crown.

How to make a floral crown.

Step 4:
Once all the flowers are cut down, you’re ready to start arranging. For a reasonably full crown you’ll need around 10 flowers, and of course that number could go way up for bigger crowns. This is why you really want to find the flowers on clearance if you’re setting this up as a party activity.

How to make a floral crown.

Step 5:
To attach the flowers, you can use floral wire plus floral tape, or take the lazy route like I did and just use the floral tape. I suspect securing the flowers with wire makes for a more durable crown, but I thought a few wraps with the floral tape was plenty sturdy.

How to make a floral crown.

Step 6:
Keep adding flowers and wrapping with floral tape to secure. After each flower is securely wrapped, you can bend the stem up a bit so it’s not facing too far off to the side. Add as many as you like until your crown is perfectly and delightfully ridiculous.

And that’s it! Here’s the one I made.

How to make a floral crown.

And this is the crown my five-year-old made.

How to make a floral crown.

And this is him posing for a selfie with me.

How to make a floral crown.

And this is him realizing that I had just take about 7 pictures after I had promised him that he could have a turn after I took just one more picture.

How to make a floral crown.

I’m not going to lie, I kind of miss walking around wearing a crown all day. Not to the point where I’d break it out for a trip to Trader Joe’s, but I’m definitely holding onto mine in hopes of the right occasion coming along soon.