Dang, how long has it been since I posted a tutorial? Like 3 years prolly. I’m a bit rusty, but I’m ending the sabbatical with this little guy…
I’m all about those hair accessories — y’all know this. Ever since these floral crowns started getting big a few years back, I’ve been refusing to buy them in the store because of a little thing I like to call Crafter’s Pride. You know, that thing that comes on you when you see something in the store and you stand there in the aisle for 10 minutes inspecting it, taking pics on your phone and vowing to yourself to make it ‘for so much cheaper!’, but yeah it usually never happens. Well BOOYAH, it happened! Here’s my take.
Oh, you wanted to see a picture of the actual headpiece? Sorry, I decided to just show you my face. No, but seriously, if you even KNEW how many selfies I took to even get this stinkin’ thing while the kids were shrieking in the background… I just had to give up and make them lunch so they’d shut their pie holes. I mean, how daaaare they interrupt my day to ask me for FOOD of all things? What do I look like, their mom or something?
Supplies you will need:
- Floral Wire
- Assorted fake flowers (use that Michael’s coupon!)
- Floral Tape (I would highly suggest a thin ribbon of your choice)
- Your trusty glue gun
- Felt (just a small amount used for backing)
Step 1 – Assemble the base
Okay, so I didn’t exactly get a picture of this step. I know, I’m already making a sterling case for myself here!
- You’re going to take your floral wire and measure the circumference of your head. I actually measure it around mine twice because doubling it makes the crown extra sturdy. It won’t need to be exact and it’s actually better to measure it a few inches larger for twisty purposes later on.
- Cut the wire. I was a savage and bit it with my teeth, but you can use wire cutters if you’re more of a lady.
- Fold the looong wire in half so it’s back to the original measurement of your head, but is now double-stranded. Twist the ends together (you left a few inches of length for this). This is the part that you’re going to just go with until it feels sturdy and secure enough.
- Now take the floral tape or ribbon and begin wrapping it around the wire, gluing every so often to keep it in place. If there are any weird looking spots, don’t worry… we’ll cover them up with the flowers.
(I personally didn’t like using the floral tape because it’s not really sticky enough to stick to itself, and not really thick enough to use glue without burning the snot out of my hand. So ribbon would be my personal preference.)
(Okay I know this seems really complicated, but it’s really very simple! I just tried to explain it thoroughly to make up for the fact that I failed miserably on the photo portion.)
Step 2 – Add the flowers
Arrange your flowers ahead of time to get an idea of how you want the headpiece to look. You could go around the entire frame of the crown with flowers as well. I’ve done it before and it really creates quite a statement! It says, “Hi, I’m fancy. Wear me on your hippy wedding day or something.”
Hot glue them in place.
This is where the felt comes in. After I glued the flowers to the wire, I went back and glued small pieces of felt to cover the backs as well. This step is essential and will hold them in place so they’re not all flopping around, actin’ a fool.
And there you have it! 58 simple steps to create your handmade floral crown you could’ve purchased at Target in half the time!
But it’s cute tho.