Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DIY Flower Crown

Hello, friends! I'm fresh off my latest (and last) wedding with the Austin studio I've worked with the past year. It's been quite an adventure, but I'm ready to pause and reflect on my next steps in my creative career. Balancing two jobs in a new city has been quite the challenge, but I'm reminded of all the beautiful things I've accomplished this year. 

Speaking of beautiful, I'm frequently left with some pretty leftovers that didn't quite make it into bride's bouquets. What's a girl to do? Well, these particular blooms were screaming for second life as a beautiful summer flower crown. I've seen these beauties quite often this summer at festivals, and figured it's time I gave one a shot (even if it was just for me). I was inspired by this pretty tutorial at Green Wedding Shoes, so this is my take on it. 

Some of the flowers and forage I used: blue thistle, spray roses, astilbe, lisianthus, blushing bride, and some greenery from my garden. You'll also need floral wire, pretty ribbon, shears and wire cutters. I also ended up using a different higher gauge wire (below) for a bit more stability. 

Cut your stems with about 2 inches (see the blue thistle).

I measured the wire to fit the crown of my head and floral taped a foot of ribbon to each end and tape the length of wire. 

From there, gather the different types of florals and greens into clusters. (These would also make fabulous boutonnieres!) 

Make about a dozen of these clusters and begin to overlap them, taping them to the wire as you go. At the end, tape in a bit of greenery in the opposite direction to finish the look.

I had to be my own model today, but it was fun to make a little something pretty just for me. I predict a lot of pretty photo shoots in my future! Thinking of teaching a class on making these, because they are so so easy and simply stunning.

 Would it be weird if I wore these everywhere? :)