How To: DIY an Easy Asymmetrical Flower Crown for Minimalists


Sometimes less is more

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

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So there are flower crowns. And then there are FLOWER CROWNS. The difference? About five pounds. While we love a good oversized flower crown, the truth is, most real live humans can’t pull off the kind of crazy-huge flower crowns you see all over Pinterest (I’ve been told that being able to support the weight of your head is an essential part of enjoying your day). So today we’ve partnered up with Kaci Muller of Damsel Floral in Grand Rapids, MI (you may remember her from the Bride School Workshop from last fall) to bring you a DIY asymmetrical leafy flower crown that’s a bit more suited to the minimalists (or flower girls) in the crowd. Because sometimes less is more. Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials:

Flowers Used:

  • 3–5 seeded eucalyptus
  • 3–5 stems of white wax flower
  • 3 white spray roses
  • 2 mini succulents

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Directions:

1. Start your floral crown by measuring your floral crown wire (note: this is most easily done in front of a mirror). Place a finger at your measurement spot, and trim the wire, leaving one excess inch on each end. Loop these ends together and bend inward, creating the floral crown form.

2. Finish the ends of the wire with glue to prevent fraying.

3. Next, prepare your flower stems by cleaning and trimming (your spray roses should have one-inch stems). Tightly wrap green wire around a cluster of three roses, forming a small bunch. Leave a few extra inches of wire at the end, and set the flowers aside.

4. Carefully poke green floral wire through the succulent stems (or base) and tightly wrap the wire around it. Leave a few inches at the end and set aside.

5. Now you can move onto the crown itself. Begin first by covering it in foliage. Have short stems of eucalyptus leaves and seeds ready! Secure green floral wire at one end of your floral crown form and begin wrapping the wire around the crown, adding in eucalyptus leaves and seeds as you go. Add leaves around the entire crown, but add seeds in sparingly. Once you reach the other end of the crown, trim your floral wire and tightly wrap to secure.

6. Place the crown on your head and stand in front of a mirror. Using the mirror to help you, hold up the prepared spray rose bunches to determine where you would like the asymmetrical pop of flowers to be placed on the crown. Once chosen, remove the crown and attach the roses to the crown using the excess wire on the stems.

7. Add the first succulent to the crown near the rose bunch, securing with the excess wire on your stem. Then, accent the other side of the rose bunch with a few small pieces of wax flower, again attaching with wrapped floral wire. Add a second succulent after the wax flowers. Add any additional floral wire for loose blossoms and your crown is complete! Girl, you look amazing.

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Pro tip:

Kaci picked hearty flowers and thick foliage for this tutorial, so that your flower crown can be made at least a day in advance. For extra staying power, seal the stems with floral glue or Allium. Don’t make more than two days ahead (and keep refrigerated in a Ziploc bag with a wet paper towel if you do make ahead). Petite bloom sizes work best for crowns as they do not get too heavy.

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The Info:

Photos by Katie Grace Photography | Styling by Damsel Flower Co. | Venue: The Cheney Place

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • lildutchgrrl

    I believe you meant that one can preserve cut flowers with alum (a chemical found in baking powder and other products; you can find it with spices in the baking aisle). “Allium” is the family of garlic and onions (and, apparently, the name of a company providing professional services at the link in your post). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alum

    • Eenie

      It can also be used to reduce bleeding, found in a stick form, and available at drugstores! ETA: commonly used with small nicks while shaving.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potassium_alum

      • lildutchgrrl

        Oh, hey, that must be what’s in styptic powder! Great stuff.

        • Eenie

          Yup :)

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Oh hai. That’s embarrassing. Fixed! Will likely delete this thread in a bit to avoid any confusion for future readers, but VERY much appreciate the heads up!

  • Kayjayoh

    Depending on your budget, time, aesthetics, and priorities, this is also a place where high quality silk flowers can be a blessing. The really good ones might not cost much less than real flowers, but you an make them well ahead of time. So if you want a flower crown and are nervous about last minute floral crafts in a tight schedule, that is an option.

    You follow the same basic guidelines, but with silk flowers. (Also a bit lighter.)

    Every year at WisCon, the Carl Brandon Society hosts a party that features the making of flower crowns with silk flowers, and I’ve seen some gorgeous things come out of it.

    • Sarah E

      I made my flower crown with fake flowers, and it cost total around $40, and I had way more flowers on it, including one big fat fake peony. It was really light on my head, but with my asymmetrical arrangement, is does like to bend the base wire if not supported completely on something round (that is, stored on top of a big floppy hat: yay! carried while traveling on the top of a shopping bag full of other stuff: nay.)

    • VKD_Vee

      My step-daughter wore a silk flower crown. It photographed 99% as nice as real flowers We didn’t have to worry about finding the time to make it beforehand and it will last forevvvvverrrrr…

    • Ant

      I used fabric flowers for my headpiece and of course they don’t look like real flowers. But though some people were like “noooo, you CAN’T use fake flowers” before they actually saw them, nobody noticed it the day of. When you look closely at them you can see the slightly frayed edges, but at arm’s length they do look kind of natural. I made my headpiece, boutonnieres and matching embellishments for my shoes and I was really happy with the look. And the best thing is that I can still wear them or keep them as decoration at home.

      I recommend watching out for the colours. If you don’t pick neon pink plastic gerberas, it will look just fine.

  • Eenie

    When the FLORAL CROWN tutorials came out on APW back in 2012, I just couldn’t get on board. This, however, is very lovely. You’ve turned me back to pro floral crowns – between this and the wedding featuring two grooms with floral crowns.

  • Bsquillo

    Can someone please make this for me to wear at my desk right now? Because it’s been a hell of a week in the office so far. Wearing a floral crown = instant mood boost, right?

    • lildutchgrrl

      If you make one out of silk flowers, you can keep it around for many instant mood boosts. Not that I would know or anything.

  • Susan

    This is awesome — I actually used the original APW flower crown tutorial to create a make your own flower crown station for guests before our wedding (recycling the Costco bought bulk flowers from our welcome dinner!). Everyone really embraced it and made crowns that remind me a lot of the one in this piece.
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    • VKD_Vee

      Hi, you’re an actual genius.

      • Susan

        Thanks!!! I was pretty pleased with myself when I came up with it and so glad that everyone embraced and enjoyed it. If only there were more life occasions that called for DIY flower crown stations!

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      This is basically the coolest. I want to be at your wedding.

      • Susan

        Thanks, Maddie!

    • Clare Caulfield

      Love this idea! I have a set of aunts and some close friends who will be travelling for the wedding…this could be a way to include them in something that feels like a bridal shower/female bonding type event, because they most likely wont be able to travel twice so will miss any actual ones.

      Like how you included instructions.

      Also where did you get married, that forest setting looks beyond beautiful!?

      • Susan

        Thanks! We got married in the Santa Cruz mountains at a retreat center in Ben Lomond, CA.

    • HOLDUP, are there more photos of this? This is amazing.

    • What the heck Susan, this is freaking amazing. I’m in love with ALL your photos.

  • I absolutely adore this! My biggest wedding day regret is not having a floral crown ;)

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