With the arrival of spring and flowers on the brain I found myself with the sudden irrational urge to make a flower crown. And with some new cute stuffed animals in our home from the Pillowfort collection it only seemed right to create some mini flower crowns so they could join in the fun too.
While walking through Michael’s I found such an incredible selection of silk flowers that I couldn’t help but bring home a bunch. Peonies, hydrangea, roses and daisies in whites, pastels and a pop of color here and there filled my basket. In fact when I shared them on Instagram a lot of people were convinced they were real.
Frannie the Flamingo obviously needed a flower crown. Obviously. As it turns out, flower crown making is really quite simple and requires only a few supplies. Because as most of you know, I love being creative and making pretty things but I refuse to share projects that are complicated and have a million components. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Especially nobody with kids running around.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Silk flowers
- Floral tape
- Wire – I like this kind because it’s covered and feels comfortable on the head.
- Wire cutters
- Scissors – these are my favorite!
These mini flower crowns are simple enough that kids can make them with a little help. You’ll probably want to take on the wire cutting part and give a couple of pointers on using the floral tape. Quite frankly I found making these to be so therapeutic that even Milton the giant stuffed animal beaver got his own which is totally Coachella ready.
First, figure out how big your need your crown to be. For our flamingo I went with a small 2-3″ diameter. Kayla and Milton’s crowns are obviously much larger. Clip a piece of wire and adjust it to the right size for the head you’re crowning. Be sure to leave a little bit of an allowance for the fact that you’ll be wrapping the wire with flowers and tape so it will thicken up and you don’t want it to be too tight.
Once you’ve settled on a size, use floral tape to connect the ends of the wire and wrap them to cover them so there are no sharp edges and you’re left with a nice circle. You need to really press the floral tape with your fingers to make it stick. It works very well so long as you take care to press it down.
If you’ve never worked with floral tape before, Be careful not to pull the tape too hard when you are wrapping though. It’s not as strong when being pulled as other kinds of tape but when pressed down it’s much stronger than you would think.
Now you’re ready for some flowers. Keep in mind that smaller heads need smaller flowers. I used some hydrangeas and small 1-1.5″ blooms for the miniature version. For the larger versions I used larger flowers. Once you get going, this goes quite quickly.
It only took about 5 minutes for me to make the mini flower crowns. The big ones can take quite a bit longer depending on how full you make them and how far around the wire you choose to go.
As soon as Kayla saw the mini flower crowns she was begging me to make more for all of her stuffed animals. One roll of wire and a few bunches of flowers will go far. I can see scattering a bunch of blooms across a table and having Kayla’s friends make them as a crafty party favor.