How to Make a Flower Crown
Are you struggling with your flower crown that every bride seems to want? Well, I'm here to help! My love of flower crowns began in 2nd grade on the playground. I had no interest in kickball, so I sat down in the grassy area and made clover crowns. It just felt right, and I go back to that moment often when I start to wonder why I’m doing what I’m doing. Making a flower crown isn’t difficult once you master the mechanics needed for a seamless product. I promise! I often have other florists ask me to make flower crowns to complete their orders because they don’t feel they are capable. Is that you? Take a peek at this tutorial and add gorgeous flower crowns to your repertoire!
Step 1: Gather Materials
- Raffia wrapped wire
- Floral tape
- Wire cutters (No lie, those are cuticle cutters cause my cutters didn’t suit my vibe)
- Measuring tape
- Flowers - best flowers for crowns…rosemary, lavender, berries, spray roses, small poms, strawflower, wax flower, eucalyptus, tiny chrysanthemum blooms, craspedia (billy balls), and anything that holds up out of water.
Step 2: Measure
After you have measured, add 3 inches to that length and cut raffia covered wire (later I will show you how to make them adjustable if you don’t have measurements).
Step 3: Wrap
At one end of the wire start wrapping it with the floral tape. On this crown, I used both the green tape and the brown tape to display each option.
As you are wrapping, keep in mind that we have 1 1/2" per end to form a loop.
Now move to the other end of the wire. You have two options on the second end:
- You can do the same thing as the first end and connect with a ribbon
- You can wrap the end but not tape it down as a loop, you leave it loose, resembling a hook.
Many brides prefer the loop on one end and hook on the other so they can still adjust it but don’t have to have ribbon to close it. And of course, if you feel entirely confident in the size of client’s head, you can bring the two ends together without loops or hooks and just tape together. Sometimes wedding hairstyles need flexibility with flower crowns. Especially in the South. You know we love big hair!!!
At this point, your loops should be taped, so you are ready to start adding flowers. Go ahead and clip appropriately sized blooms and have them available. Begin adding flowers just south of the loop with bloom facing the loop.
Repeat this mantra: Bloom over stem. In other words, the second bloom covers the stem of the first. Just keep repeating this process. Also, as you are placing the flowers keep in mind that you are trying to hide the mechanics. Alternate placing blooms on top of the wire, on the side, and on the bottom. Continue working your way around the crown.
When you get to the end, get as close as you can to the hook of the loop so some of your last additions will disguise the ending mechanics.
I used two different color floral tapes so you could see the difference.
Depending on how you chose to connect your ends, either simply hook the loose end into the loop or choose a ribbon to thread through both loops which will give you a lot of room to adjust size.
After finishing, if you feel that there is an empty spot, don’t try to tape the flower or greenery there. It will only make a more significant gap. Use floral glue to add in.
Tips for making a Flower Crown
- If you are unsure of whether or not a flower or greenery will last in a flower crown, test it out before using it for an event.
- Be sure to pay attention to the process of staggering the flowers to cover your mechanics.
- Use double-sided ribbon (velvet/satin/silk) instead of a single-sided ribbon.
- Clarify whether your client prefers a ribbon or a complete closure.
- Prepare your flowers before adding them so you can get into a rhythm.
- If you're new to making flower crowns, be patient and practice, practice, practice!