Leaf and floral crowns have been hitting the internet as one of the hottest trends for weddings and styled shoots, and why not. They are fun, feminine and completely customisable to the person’s style and colour palette, what’s not to love!
They can be used for a wedding, birthday party or just a fun thing to do with your children which you could then turn into a little photo shoot to boost.
*I will add that if you are going to do this for your own wedding, do several trial runs with different flowers until you find the style/outcome you are happy with*
Before I try to do a full blown floral one, (which I will do) I thought I’d have a go with the basics and raid the back garden for leaves.
Supplies you will need:
Thick floral wire
Thin floral wire
Selection of leaves
*I was going to use daisy’s but I will show you why I didn’t further in the tutorial.
Get your thick floral wire which usually come in strands and start by twisting the ends of two to join and measure on your head in a circular shape, if you need three then add another one. The circle doesn’t need to be perfect, unless you have a perfect shaped head, then YAY.
Using your pliers flatten down the ends of the wire and cover the joins and the whole of the circle in floral tape; this will make it nice and even. Plus it adds a bit of texture for when joining your leaves onto it.
Start placing your leaves and using your thin floral wire secure on to the circular hoop, you might need our pliers at this point to flatten the wire down so there are no sharp bits.
I knew from the start I wanted my leaves to be on the front half only so I started placing my greens from the sides (near where my ears would be) and pointed the leaf branches inwards to the front from both sides to create fullness and height.
I added floral tape over the wire and leaf stems to make sure it was extra secure, I didn’t do this to every leaf stem, just the first few that were attached. The more stems you have sitting on top of each other the more difficult it is. When you get to this point, the wire will suffice as you will have plenty of anchor points.
Don't worry about it looking messy, it will, get over it. I am a perfectionist and love to have things just so, but I actually coped pretty well with it looking a bit haphazard from the back.
*you can see now why I didn’t add daisy’s, I don’t know what magical power florists or people with flower power do, but mine just wilted and gave up.
Keep on adding and keep trying the crown on too as this helps to determine where you will want to place the next one.
Once you are happy, I would suggest making sure that if you are doing a half crown like me, floral tape the ends where it will sit near your ears so you don’t have any exposed wires, as this will just get caught in your hair, plus it makes it all pretty from the sides.
Also don’t worry if some of the wire is on show, you can see from this photo above that my wire was on show, but that’s the beauty of something handmade right?
I was super happy with the results and I applied all of the above to a crown I made for a shoot I did with my niece!
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Happy crown making!