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Published on: 19 May 2017 by morgs23

How to Make a Flower Crown for Festival Season

What's your favourite UK festival? Are you all about the huge crowds and headline acts of Glastonbury? Perhaps you prefer the muddy rock'n'roll of Reading & Leeds, or the literary side of Latitude? Maybe you prefer a more niche festival like ArcTanGent or 2000 Trees? Whatever your favourite sort of muddy field is, festival season is the perfect time to indulge your inner hippy with a flower crown.

Who can resist a floral garland to bedeck their tresses? Worn by frolicking nymphs in classical paintings and free loving, festival-going hippies in the 1960s, there's something ridiculously freeing, feminine and fun about flower crowns.

After being re-popularised in the early 2010s amongst the festival crowd, these pretty pieces of headwear aren't going anywhere. After all, festival fashion is all about fun and self expression. If you want to be a mermaid – dive right in. If you want to dress like a unicorn – trot right along! And if you want to dress like the floral princess of your favourite festival, this is the perfect opportunity.

But why buy the same accessory that every other festival-goer has on their head? Why not save some money and make your very own, unique creation to complete your festival look? Here's a quick and easy guide to making your very own flower crown.

You will need...

  • Florist's wire

  • Florist's tape

  • Wire cutters

  • Fake foliage

  • Fake flowers

How to make a flower crown

1. Make the base

Wrap floral wire around your head at its widest part so that it sits comfortably in place where you're like your flower crown to rest. Then use the wire cutters to snip off a length of wire with a little overlap you can use to twist the circle closed. Secure the circle with florist's tape by wrapping it around the closed loop several times.

2. Start with foliage

Choose your favourite strands of fake foliage (fake lengths of ivy work well for this) and wrap it around your wire circle, securing the strand with florist's tape as you go. For a subtler, more delicate flower crown, use just one strand. To make your crown bulkier and more verdant, layer it up!

3. Add fake flowers

Now it's time to add your beautiful blooms! Choosing single stem fake flowers will take more time, but will allow you to add the precise flowers you want, exactly where you'd like them. Using a strand or garland of fake flowers like this from Shelf Edge will allow you to create a crown more quickly with more bulk. If you're using single flowers, choose faux blooms with a stem at least 3 inches long which you can weave into your crown and secure with tape. For garlands or strands, wrap around your crown just as you did with your foliage.

Et voilà! A blooming lovely flower crown. Have fun at your festival!

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