If you want to DIY a flower crown, also called a floral wreath, it’s best to use flowers that dry well or flora that lasts a long time outside of water. Although florists often incorporate flowers that aren’t on this list, sticking to the following will make sure that your crown looks good throughout your event and beyond.
Some flowers and plants that are great for making your own flower crown include:
Florists use a ride range of flora in their crowns, but without a working knowledge of how to care for certain types of flowers, it can be challenging to create a flower crown that holds up for the duration of your event, especially if you’re making it ahead of time.
Other Materials Needed to Make a Flower Crown
· Floral wire (I prefer 24 gauge)
· Pliers (Jewelry pliers work best because they’re smaller than regular pliers)
· Paper wrapped floral wire
· Optional: Floral Tape
The Easiest Way to DIY a Floral Wreath/ Flower Crown
1. Wrap the paper wrapped wire around your head where you’d like the crown to sit.
2. Add 1-2 more inches to this length, so that you can close the flower crown later.
3. Form a loop at the end of this total length.
4. Without moving the part you wrapped around your head, create little sine waves over and under the length of the wire with the rest of the paper wrapped wire. You are creating little spaces to stick your flowers in for easy arranging.
When you’ve reached the end of the length that wrapped around your head, twist the two ends together so that they become one thick piece. Need more details, maybe some pictures? Here’s a step by step explanation with visuals.
5. If you have a branch of greenery to include, you can stick it through the loops you created in step four. If it’s too short to span the entire length with green leaves, add another where the first one left off.
6. Cut your flora into 2” pieces, approximately.
7. Create little, quick “bouquets” with these 2” pieces by securing them with floral tape or your 24-gauge floral wire. Note: If you’re using floral tape for the first time, it’s helpful to know that floral tape is activated by pulling it taut. It isn’t sticky otherwise!
8. Stick these mini bouquets into the loops you created in step four, rearranging them until you have a look you like.
9. Secure the mini bouquets and greenery branch by binding them to the base you created in step four using your 24 gauge floral wire. It’s important to use the pliers to tuck the ends of your floral wire around the base so your design doesn’t come loose.
Which flowers are long lasting but will not dry well?
· Most succulents
Which flowers would work best in my flower crown for a baby shower?
If you’re making the crown for a friend as a gift to wear during her baby shower, you might want to include congratulatory flower messages using the language of flowers. The language of flowers was a popular way of communicating via flora in the Victorian Era. Think of like it like nature’s emojis: many emojis have secret meanings, and so do many flowers.
A great DIY flower crown to make to congratulate a friend on the day of her baby shower might include:
Baby’s Breath (Happiness, Everlasting Love, Festivity) + Misty (Everlasting Beauty) + Succulents (Enduring and Timeless Love) + Chrysanthemums (Friendship) + Orchids (Many Progeny)
(The flora’s language of flowers meanings are included in parenthesis).
If it’s YOUR baby shower and you’re making your own crown, you might want to include wishes for your unborn baby and save it for him/her by using only flora that will dry well and therefore has the potential to last forever.
A great DIY flower crown to wear on your baby shower that holds wishes for your unborn child would look like:
Baby’s Breath (Happiness, Everlasting Love) + Larkspur (Fun, Open heart) + Lavender (Success) + Pink Rosebud (Grace) + Statice (Joy) + Craspedia (Good Health, You light up my world)
Which flowers would work best in flower crowns for bridesmaids at a bachelorette?
Red Spray Roses (Congratulations) + Baby’s Breath (Festivity) + Larkspur (Fun) + Rose (Beauty) + Lavender (Happiness) + Chrysanthemum (Sense of Adventure) + Pussy Willow (Friendship) + Pink Peppercorn (The Spice of Life)
Tell Me More About How to Use the Language of Flowers
The meanings I’ve listed above in parenthesis are not the only meanings available for each flower. Most flora have three or more meanings to choose from!
You can find all the meanings for most flowers on the most comprehensive language of flowers database in existence at bloomequation.com/flowers. You can search by flower name, by a meaning you’d like to find a flower for, or by theme (birthday, anniversary, etc.).
The language of flowers, also known as floriography, peaked in popularity in the United States during the mid to late 1700s. Back then, floriography was included in education and most people had a language of flowers dictionary at home.
People would give each other bouquets as secret messages to decode! They would wear flowers on their wrists and lapels to send a message. People even wore crowns with particular flowers to cure headaches or to bring them a desired lover (like a love potion worn on the head).
But how do you use it to send a message today, when most people have never even heard of the language of flowers?
I suggest including a card with a simple message like this:
“This is more than just a crown. It’s a secret message written for you in the language of flowers.”
And then include an equation of flowers with their meanings in parenthesis, like I did for the baby shower examples above.
When making a flower crown yourself, it’s important to use flowers that will last. A crown can last because it will dry well (similarly, you can start with dried flowers) or because the flowers you’ve chosen do well without water for a longer time than most flowers. Carnations, for instance, will look the same as they do inside of water outside of water for three days or more. Craspedia looks like a little yellow globe—FOREVER.
Once you know which flowers will work for your crown, it’s a good idea to add a little something extra by incorporating floriography. Most of the flowers listed above have multiple meanings in the language of flowers. You can incorporate meanings that you want to manifest in your own life or, if you’re gifting the floral wreath, you can choose meanings that hold a special message for your recipient, then include the meanings on an accompanying card.