Flower crowns have long been in their heyday, in fact, they have been popular for centuries. In ancient Greece, it was especially popular to wear them at special occasions to honor the gods, and in Victorian Europe, it was common to wear an orange blossom flower crown at weddings. So popular, in fact, that the phrase “to gather orange blossoms” became synonymous with “looking for a wife.”
It fell out of fashion for a while until the hippie subculture of the 1960s brought them back in style. Currently, they’re popular at everything from music festivals to weddings. While you can purchase a flower bridal crown just about anywhere, a homemade one will be budget-friendly and can be tailored to suit your tastes exactly. Fresh flowers will be fragrant and sophisticated, but if you’re looking to make something you can keep forever, faux flowers are always an option.
Making your own DIY bridal flower crown is far from difficult, but it does require a bit of supplies. The base of the crown should be floral wire. While technically you can use any kind of craft wire, floral wire is softer and green so you don’t need to cover it with floral tape. You’ll need assorted seasonal greenery (whatever kind draws your eye) to cover up the wire and keep your crown from looking sparse. Popular choices are olive leaves, eucalyptus, and baby’s breath.
You will also need a roll of floral tape to attach your blooms and greenery to the crown. Small wire cutters will be best as they will easily cut both the flower stems and the floral wire, whereas cutting wire with scissors can get a little risky. The last thing you will need for your crown is your blooms! You can use your fresh flowers from one of your Bouqs or faux flowers if you would like to reuse your crown.
Things to keep in mind when choosing your blooms are colors scheme and how big of a crown you’d like. Lily of the Valley is a classic, white flower for a traditional look, whereas a succulent flower crown is a little more free-spirited. If you would like something more sophisticated and less “boho,” try arranging your flowers around the back of the crown instead of in a full halo.
While the process itself is fairly easy, it might take you a few tries to get the exact look you have in mind. It helps to cut all of your blooms first (leave 2-3 inches of stem so that you have space to tape them on!) so that you can arrange/re-arrange them to see what you like before making anything permanent.
Without further ado, here is a step-by-step guide for making a DIY bridal flower crown:
- Take a measuring tape and measure around where you’ll place the crown on your head. If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can take the wire and wrap it around your head to see how much you’ll need. Pro tip: think about the hairstyle you will be wearing it with. Braids, french braids, and buns tend to take up more room than the average hairstyle, and it might be wise to measure your head with the hairstyle you plan on wearing.
- Once you have the correct length, wrap the wire around itself a few times so that the circle includes several lengths of wire. Secure the ends with floral tape.
- Wrap desired greenery around the base of the crown. Remember you still need room to place your blooms, so if there are some sparse spots it’s okay.
- If you have some smaller flowers (think: daisies, mini carnations ,or roses) you can create bundles by taping their stems together before attaching the bundle to the crown.
- Arrange blooms around the crown, try a few different arrangements. Once you find something you like, attach the flower to crown base with wrapping floral wire or using floral tape. Continue to layer blooms until you are satisfied or there is no more blank space.
Pro Tip: Keep your crown in the fridge until you are ready to wear it to keep it fresh!
Flower crowns are a beautiful addition to any outfit and can be a seasonal touch to any event. Making them can be a wonderful bridal activity, and wearing fresh flowers adds a fragrant layer of authenticity that reminds us of the lengthy history of the flower bridal crown.Shop All