Learn How to Craft an Easy, Boho-Chic Flower Crown
Go bold with a head full of blooms.
From music festivals to weddings, flower crowns are a gorgeous floral trend we're seeing everywhere. And the best part? These boho-chic accessories are super easy to make yourself. All you need are a few basic supplies and a handful of your favorite blooms. Cameron Hardesty, director of products for the flower delivery startup, Urban Stems, shares seven easy steps to crafting a beautiful crown of posies for your next big event or night on the town.
- floral wire
- floral tape
- flowers and greenery of choice
Make Wire Crown
Bend two pieces of wire into a semicircle with a slight opening at the back. Stack the wires on top of each other and tape together at both ends.
Select a combination of feature flowers (like roses or dahlias), filler flowers (like wax flower or coffee berry) and greenery. Remove all extra foliage below the bud and cut, leaving about 2 inches of stem.
Create Small Clusters of Flowers
Assemble four to five small boutonnieres by binding a cluster of three or four flowers together at the stems with floral tape. Leave an extra length of tape to be attached to the wire.
Attach Clusters to Crown
Hold the crown with the wire ends facing you; this is the six-o'clock position. Insert the first boutonniere with one wire above and one below at the nice-o'clock position. Blooms should be facing out at a slight angle. Secure to the wire form with an extra length of floral tape.
Place the next boutonniere so that the flowers conceal the tape and stems of the first placement. Bind in place with floral tape and repeat with remaining boutonnieres until the wire form is filled to the three-o'clock position.
Add Finishing Touches
Evaluate for fullness. Add a little greenery if necessary to mask any tape. If desired, attach greenery and/or filler flowers along the remaining exposed length of wire on both sides.
Bend the wire ends back in on themselves to form two loops. Spool two separate lengths of ribbon through each loop. Use ribbon to tie a bow in the back that's adjustable for different head sizes.
Show It Off
Don your finished crown and admire your beautiful floral handiwork.
Set Up a "Flower Market"
The day before the party, head to your local flower market to pick out the best and brightest flowers the season has to offer. Be sure to get greens, fillers and flowers in an assortment of colors and sizes. Avoid yellow leaves and brown stems, and don't hesitate to ask a sales associate for help. On the day of the party, display your finds in market-style galvanized buckets, where guests can easily access the flowers they'll be using in their own arrangements.
Create a Seasonal Table
For lunch, cover the dining table in butcher paper and add a romantic runner made with floral fabric cut straight from the bolt. Place a few beautiful arrangements in the center of the table, along with small dishes full of seasonal sweets like peaches and cherries. After the meal, remove the runner to reveal a functional workspace for the "flower school" portion of the party.
Create a fresh menu full of vibrant and seasonal snacks that reflect the natural garden feel of the party. And don't be afraid to have fun with your food. These miniature shrimp salad sandwiches are topped with green onion and cut into hearts for a fun, feminine touch.
Honeycomb served with Blue Cheese, Blackberries + Pears
Key Lime Cake
Martha Washington Candy
Sweeter Than Honey
Create a simple yet impressive appetizer display by ordering a square of raw honeycomb, then arranging it on a wood cutting board with ripe pears, fresh raspberries and a strong blue cheese like Roquefort or Stilton. Set out knives so guests can help themselves by digging out pieces of fresh honey to drizzle over the cheese and fruit.
Flip the Switch
After guests have finished eating lunch, clear the table of the flowers, runner and dinnerware, and leave the butcher paper to serve as a workspace that can be thrown away for quick cleanup at the end of the party. Give each guest the tools she'll need to get started with her own arrangement: a pretty vase or pitcher, pruning shears and an apron.
Invite a florist or experienced friend over to lead the flower-arranging instruction and teach tips to the group. At this particular party, instructor Ash Bailey from The Byrd Collective shows guests which foliage works best for forming a stable base for the rest of the arrangement. Rather than prescribing a formula or "recipe," she teaches guests how to have fun with the flowers by putting together the colors and textures that capture their attention.
Fun With Flowers
After the lesson, invite guests to head to the "market" and choose the flowers they'd like to use for their own arrangements. Using their newly learned skills, everyone will have a blast creating their own beautiful arrangements. The instructor can circulate to each guest, offering assistance and guidance as they work.