Bridal Shower Floral Crown D.I.Y
Happy Friday Loves! The Caterham Co. studio is dancing in watercolour florals, flowers, and bridal showers this month, so I thought I'd share an easy floral crown D.I.Y that would be just perfect for a spring or summer bridal shower or kitchen tea.
I've been absolutely in love with the floral crown trend for a while now — I was so excited to make my own. (and yes, after making it, I did wear my floral crown around the studio for the rest of the day 😉 )
The beauty of this d.i.y is that it doesn't require too many (or very expensive) materials to make. With springtime blooming in our garden, I used a selection of flowers + foliage that I found, but you could always pop into your local florist's shop if you don't have nature's bounty on your doorstep.
- Floral tape
- Florist's wire
- Foliage sprigs
- Selection of flowers
- paper flowers
- pair of scissors
- pair of pliers (if necessary)
- a mirror
I started off by preparing all my little sprigs. What I'm looking to do here, is make sure that I have a selection of sprigs about 5-8cm long with a good bit of foliage about 3 quarters of the way down the sprig and the bottom quarter free of all leaves. For my foliage, I'm using some ornamental pomegranate sprigs— they're hardy, yet easy to work with, and are a beautiful deep green which will be perfect for the floral crown.
I'm doing the same with the flowers that I've chosen; taking my time to choose buds and flowers that will work in proportion with each other and the foliage. I'm using a mixture of gorgeously vibrant ornamental pomegranate blossoms and mixing them with softer blush paper flowers that I made for a project earlier this year. (Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial on how to make these pretty buds!)
Once I've got all my foliage + flowers ready, I start with the frame of the crown. You could use a thicker gauge wire, but if, like me, you have the thinner ones on hand, you could use them as well! To start off, I'm twisting two wires together to make them sturdier. I then do this again until I have four strands of the doubled-up wire.
Next up, I'll twist two of these doubled-up wires together and then do the same with the other two. Are you still with me? Basically, I'll end up with two lengths of wire that are made up of four of the individual wire strands.
Now that I have my sturdier floral wire strands, I can join them together to create my frame. To connect them, I first bend about 3cm of the wire backwards to form a hook on the end of each of the wires.
I then hook them together and twist them to complete. This will now give me one long piece of sturdy wire that will fit around my head.
Now I need to know how big to make the frame; so I'll fit the wire around my head, bending it lightly and find the most comfortable size and placement. I then bend the overhanging bits of wire backwards to form hooks as I did earlier. I'm not going to join them together just yet though. It will be much easier to attach the sprigs + flowers to the frame if the circle is not closed.
The final step to preparing the frame will be to cover the bare wire with floral tape.
Now that I have my frame made, I can move on the to the fun part; decorating!
I begin by selecting a sprig of foliage and place it on the one end of the frame so that part of it will hang over the hook slightly. This overhang will then hide the hook once the crown is finished. I already have several strips of floral tape cut to size (about 5cm), so I'll take a piece, and stretching the tape as I wrap it around the sprig and wire, tape the sprig down. I'm taping the part of the sprig that has not got any leaves on it. One thing to note is, throughout the whole crown, I'm always going to place the sprigs and flowers facing the same direction. This creates a uniform look and makes it much easier to work with.
This is where the mirror comes in. As I make my way around the crown, slowly adding bits of foliage, I'm constantly fitting the crown to my head, making sure of the placement and measuring it out. When I reach the area near my ear (about a quarter of the way in), I can now start adding the flowers.
I start with smaller flowers, making my way around, gradually adding in bigger flowers and interspersing them with foliage. When I get to the apex of the crown (around the middle of my forehead), then I do the opposite and gradually choose smaller flowers until I get to my other ear.
Once I get 3 quarters of the way around, I'm now done with the flower part of the crown and carry on the rest of the way until the end of the wire where the hook is.
And we're about done! The final step would be to hook the end hooks together, twist them once, and then twist the rest back around the frame blending them into the foliage.
And voila! A pretty floral crown for a spring bridal shower (or for dancing around the studio...).