First, I have to take a few sentences here to thank everyone who came to the Delaware Conference, and for the many helping hands that made it such a success. I am always enthralled by the energy at the National Conferences, and this one was off the charts! I don’t think I slept more than four hours the entire four days. I loved meeting so many of you, making new friends and hugging old ones. If it was your first time attending an ASCFG event, I hope you left feeling energized, educated, valued, and hungering for more! And you can in March at the Georgia Grower’s Intensive! I’ll be there. Will you?
In Georgia, we will be tackling more wedding design demos and discussions. One very important design element of wedding flowers is what I call “wearables”. This fun category includes boutonnieres, corsages, flower crowns, and more unusual pieces like flower necklaces, rings, and belts. If you are a new farmer florist, these detailed designs that require a lot of mechanics might be a bit intimidating.
But, in reality, once you have the tools and techniques, they are easy, though perhaps time-consuming.
At the Grower’s Intensive in March, I will demo some of these pieces in person, but for now, I thought a step-by-step how-to for flower crowns would be a good winter read. You can even get in a little practice with some dried flowers or evergreens while you have some down time. I will confess I rather enjoy making a crown randomly and wearing while I clean the house!
Flower crowns are a popular accessory right now for brides, bridesmaids, and flower girls. I could also see them becoming popular for proms this coming year. And it’s not hard to understand why. They can be simply sweet or dramatically romantic, depending on the blooms and other elements used. And while flower crowns take time and need to be done just before the wedding, they really are not that difficult to make.
How to Make a Fresh Flower Crown
1. Gather all your supplies on a large work surface:
• Heavy “grapevine” wire (available at most craft stores)
• Sharp scissors and wire cutters
• Floral tape
• Floral wire (22 gauge or similar)
• Floral glue (optional)
• Lots of flowers (used in this tutorial were feverfew, poppy and nigella pods, eryngium, lavender, viburnum berries, and garden roses)
• A small bottle or vase of water to hold snipped blooms while you work
2. Make a loop of grapevine wire that fits your head at the spot you want the crown to sit. Alternatively, ask your client to measure her head at the point she wants her crown to sit. Cut wire about two inches longer than the fitted loop. Fold the ends of the wire over and hook them together. If you need to adjust the size of the finished crown, just use these hooks to make it bigger or smaller.
3. Snip off the blooms you want to use so they have about a three-inch stem. Remove all foliage from the stems. Large-headed blooms (like garden roses and dahlias) will need to be wired so they don’t snap off. Thread a small piece of floral wire up the “butt” of the bloom so that it comes out the center at the top. Fold the top of the wire over so it creates a tiny hook. Gently pull the wire back down towards the stem so the hook disappears into the bloom. Use floral tape to secure the wire to the flower stem.
4. Make lots of little bundles of flowers, mixing and matching elements as you like. Wrap snugly with floral tape, leaving about a two-inch tail of tape on each bundle. Snip off any excess stem from the bottom of each bundle.
5. When you have several bundles made, begin attaching them to the grapevine wire loop. Place the first bundle so that the flowers lie just over the top of one of the hooks. Use the tail of tape to secure the flower bundle to the wire, making sure it’s snug the entire length of the stems
6. Add your next bundle, laying the flowers over the taped stems of the first bundle so that the stems no longer show. Continue adding in this fashion, layering on your bundles, working in the same direction around the loop.
7. At the “front” of your crown, you may wish to add more or bigger blooms. This is a good spot for the flouncy garden roses. If desired, you can use the floral glue to adhere extra blooms on top of your taped bundles.
8. Finish adding flowers to the crown all the way around. Leave an open space for a ribbon loop if desired. Or, alternatively, you may glue a flower into the last spot so there is no empty space.
9. Spritz with Crowning Glory or a similar product. Store in a large plastic bag in the refrigerator/cooler until delivery time.
Photography for this DIY was provided by the talented Brooke Courtney.