With Glastonbury Festival just a couple of weeks away and countless other UK festivals not far behind, it’s time to start preparing. One festival essential for me is a floral hair garland or crown. It’s fun and frivolous (perfect for a festival) but is one of those accessories I never feel quite right wearing at other times of the year.
I’ve wanted to try making my own for years so at the weekend I finally got my supplies and began crafting. If you want to make your own, here’s my floral crown DIY.
I found a selection of artificial flowers in local pound shops, so these places are well worth looking in, to save a few pennies!
1) Take the wire and make a hoop around your head. Don’t make the hoop too tight otherwise when you add flowers and tape to it, the extra bulk will make it smaller. Leave 2-3cm of excess wire so that you can wrap the ends around one another to form a hoop. This will be the base of your crown.
2) Wrap a layer of florist tape around the wire. This conceals the base, helps add a little structure and covers the wrapped ends – stopping the crown getting caught in your hair or scratching your scalp.
3) Pull the flowers off their stems. With larger flowers, such as roses, you can wrap the stems around the hoop and mould to fit around your head. For smaller flowers, cut 10cm lengths of wire and use your pliers to bend one end of the wire in on itself. Thread this through the hole in the centre of the flower and this will stop the flower from falling off the crown.
4) Now for the fun but – arranging your flowers onto the base. If you want to, you could sketch out your ideas on paper first, but I prefer to just pick a selection of flowers in varying sizes and colours. To secure the flowers in place, simply take the garden wire that you threaded through and wrap it tightly around the base.