Saturday, 25 July 2015

How To Make A Fresh Flower Crown




Above Photos, Photography by Tom Maya




This week I was kindly invited by Eventbrite to go join them and florist Rose and Wolf at their Early Risers Floral Crown Class. When I say early, I mean early. The class started at 8am (I'm usually wrestling with my hair at home at 8am) but I felt extremely excited and energised. It was a nice change to my morning routine. I felt like I achieved a lot as I made my crown, sneakily popped in to Topshop on Oxford Street and had the entire shop to myself at 9am AND I still managed to be early for work. Success.

I've always loved flower crowns, but there's something special about fresh flower ones. They're so elegant and surprisingly easier than I thought. All it takes is a few items and a little creativity.

In order to keep your crowns the freshest as can be simply keep them in deep water for about 24 hours before you go to arrange them. It helps if you choose flowers with strong woody stems such as roses and carnations. Generally these are more robust and will last longer out of water.
 Get Creative add foliage and bright colours, creating different textures really make your crowns stand out. Finally, Keep it cool, mist it with water and place in the fridge until you are going to wear it.

You will need:
Stem tape
Wire
Flowers
Scissors

1. Cut a length of wire long enough to go round your head with a few inches of excess at the back for securing later.

2. Take the stem tape and wrap tightly round the length of the aluminium wire to cover it completely from one end to the other.

3. Choose 5 or 6 blooms to start with and cut the stems off leaving about an inch.

4. Measure roughly where you want your flower crown to start by placing the wire around your head and taking note of where you want the line of flowers to begin from.

5. Using the stem tape, take your first flower and lay it flat along the wire. Secure the stem to the wire by tightly wrapping the stem tape around both the stem and wire.

6. Take your second flower and repeat the process, ensuring the flowers are all facing the same way, working from left to right.

7. Pack the flowers together as tightly as possible. This will ensure they stay fresh for longer. Continue the process, adding flowers until you are happy with your design.

8. To wear to flower crown fasten on tightly by wrapping the wire around your head and twisting to excess ends together at the back of your head. Cut any excess wire off.

There you go. It's as easy as that.

Have you ever tried making your own floral crowns? I'd love to see them, so make sure you tag me @teralatilan.

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