10.21.16

We’re calling it: the Snapchat filter-inspired costume is the new cat costume – easy, quick, unoriginal, but pretty.

The ‘Pretty’ filter also gives us an excuse to revive our love/hate relationship with flower crowns (and an ungodly amount of highlighter) and gives us a cute fall DIY to work on before the Halloween party blitz. This stunning fall project from our friends at Free People and Timberlost Designs shows us how to make a flower crown with the best of what is in bloom for fall…

How To Make A Flower Crown

Gather the Materials: Learning how to make a flower crown starts with gathering all the right tools. You will need: floral wire, clippers, ribbon (or twine), floral tape and flowers.

Pick the Flowers:When choosing what kind of flowers to use for your crown, ask yourself questions such as, what occasion is the crown for? What mood am I trying to achieve? Also, trust your instincts. If a certain bloom catches your eye, base the crown off of it. I decided to make this crown with
mostly poppies because of their bold, colorful vibrancy.

Pull It Together: There are so many different kinds of crowns. I decided to make one with the flowers only spanning the front and sides of my head. You can also choose to make one that wraps all the way around.

Step One – Start by measuring the ribbon around your head, leaving about 6 inches on either side. Next, cut a piece of floral wire that spans from temple to temple. Then, line up the ribbon and wire, securing one end by tying the wire around the ribbon. The end should match up with your temple.

Step Two – You are now ready to start adding flowers. Begin by cutting each piece of greenery or bloom, leaving about 3-4 inches of stem at the end. (You can always trim off the ends of the stems as you make your way around).

Step Three – Next, align the first flowers or greenery with the edge of the ribbon and wire. Using floral tape, securely wrap it around the stem, ribbon and wire. Also, start at the base of the stem and wrap downward to ensure they are secure. Keep adding blooms, overlapping them on to the previous one, making sure your floral tape keeps wrapping around the ribbon, wire and stems. Continue until you reach the other end of the wire.

Step Four – Once you reach the end, you can add blooms that face the opposite direction to cover any excess floral tape. Carefully do this by pointing them stems in the opposite direction, and wrapping the tape through any gaps, over and over until secure.

Show it off: Be proud of your creation and wear it all over town!


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