How-To's

How to Make a Flower Crown

September 8, 2017

Floral crowns seem to be blossoming everywhere you turn these days… and with good reason!  They’re delightfully charming, they’re romantic, and they can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a birthday celebration to a music festival. They’re also surprisingly easy to make. There are just a few basic steps to creating your own amazing flower crown!

Two Flower Crowns- Completed

I’m going to show you how to “wire and tape” using a single floral variety (in this case white waxflower) that can be worn on its own.

Flower Crown on Girl

And how easy it is to take it up a notch simply by gluing in your choice of additional flora (and even “fauna”)! You can also do a combination of wiring and gluing. Wire the larger flowers and glue the smaller ones. So let’s get started!

Suggested Flowers:

You can pretty much use whatever flowers/foliage you desire. And you can also make the crown as ornate or as simple as you prefer. I like to use flowers that air dry nicely and that are not too heavy or delicate. I also like to have a mix of sizes and shapes. This image shows a nice basic assortment to use as a guideline.

Flower Crown Ingredients

Tools:

The tools required are also pretty basic: clippers; wires; floral tape; and adhesive. My wire of choice for the base is called binding wire. It is a 26-gauge paper-covered wire that’s both strong and malleable.

DIY Flower Crown Tools

Step by Step:

Begin by preparing all of your flowers and foliage. Cut all the stems very short—about 1.5″—and strip any foliage from the end of the stems.

Prepare Flowers & Foliage

You will be gathering a few of the small sprigs of waxflower that you have just prepared by cutting them from the larger multi-lateral stem and stripping off any remaining foliage, then wrapping them with the floral stem wrap. I find it easier to pre-cut small pieces of the floral wrap (about 2″ long) from the roll before starting the wrapping process.

Cut Floral Wrap

Using floral stem wrap can take a little getting used to, in part because it does not feel sticky to the touch. It is a self-sealing material that sticks to itself as well as the flower stems.

Floral Wrap

Hold the top of the wrap with one thumb while twisting, wrapping, and moving down the stems with the other hand.

How to Use Floral Wrap

The key is to wrap it as tightly as possible.

Wrapping floral wrap around flowers

When you get to the end, just pinch off any remaining tape.

Prepared Flowers

You’re now ready to create your crown. If you know specifically who you’re making the crown for, measure around their head and add an additional 6 inches. This will be the length you should cut the wire to. Generally speaking, 20-22″ for the floral will create a crown that fits most people. Leaving 3″ of wire at each end allows you to adjust to a perfect fit when you are done.

 

Hold your first flower cluster against the wire, 3″ from the end.

Measure Flower Stems

Securely bind the cluster to the wire using the stem wrap, pulling it tight as you wrap it around the wire.

Bind Cluster to Wire

Add the next cluster, slowly overlapping the previous one.

Add Second Cluster of Flowers

Continue until you have reached your desired length.

Continue Adding Clusters

At this point, you can simply tie off the two ends of the wire to create a finished wreath.

Tie Off End of Wreath

Tie Wreath Into Circle

Or you can add ribbon to each end. The two pieces of ribbon can then be tied in a bow when placed on the head. Not only does it look pretty, but it allows more flexibility for fitting and placing the crown where you want it. Some people like to wear the crown low on the forehead, while others like it more on the back of the head.

Add ribbon to end of crown

Before I show you how easy it is to make this wreath even more spectacular by simply gluing additional flowers onto this already beautiful base, let me show you how to wire a larger flower, such as a rose.

Cut the stem of the rose to 1-2″.

Cut a 4″ piece of 18-22 gauge wire.How to Wire a Rose Step 1

Thread the wire through the rose base and fold each side down and twist.Put wire through rose stem

Fold each side down to be parallel to the stem.How to wire a rose step 2

Attach each rose to the base of the crown the same way that you attached the clusters of waxflower.

 

After attaching a few clusters of waxflowers, place a wired rose bud, slightly overlapping the last cluster.

Attach rose to flower crown

Secure by wrapping the floral tape around the stem and the base wire.

Wrap floral tape around stem

Wrap around all of the wired stem.

Wrap floral tape around all of the wire stem

Continue this pattern of waxflower and roses.

Continue adding wax flowers

Roses and Wax flowers on crown

Gluing flowers to the crown:

Cut the pieces of accent flowers very short.

Cut accent flowers short

Dip the very end of each flower into the hot wax.

Dip stems into hot wax

Insert between the waxflower and the roses.

Insert between waxflowers and roses

Continue with all of the accent flowers until you’re happy with the way your crown looks!

Continue with accent flowers

Dipping flower into waxAdding accent flowers

Flower crown with accents

There will probably be a few fine strands of glue left on your crown. These will magically disappear if you go over the crown with a hair dryer set on low.

Use a hairdryer to get rid of hot glue strings

 

 

Another tip to prolong the life of your floral crown is to spray the finished product with Crowning Glory. This isn’t necessary, but it can help.

Help preserve the flower crown with crowning glory

 

A light mist is all you need. You can also refrigerate the finished crown until you are ready to wear it.Spray crown with crowning glory flower preserver

Here’s another way to creatively finish the crown. Twist and secure the end of each side and attach a decorative hair accessory, like this beautiful starfish clip.

Flower crown with starfish

Now that you know the basic techniques, let your inner flower child bloom and make your own one-of-a-kind floral crown!