There are some beautiful flowers and foliage that come into season in the winter. Evergreens such as juniper and cypress have a wonderful woody scent and hold up really well in crowns. So at this season’s holiday parties, why not get into the spirit with a fragrant and festive floral crown?
What you’ll need:
Choose seasonal flowers and foliage that say winter, so select a mix that are appropriate to the season: Juniper and Cypress are softer and easier to work with than other pines and still have that great wintery scent. For the floral elements try to choose hardier flowers that are in season (i.e. step away from the daisies ladies!) However also choose something that keeps the spirit season in mind. Here I chose paperwhites. Although a bit more delicate, the scent of paperwhites always reminds me of the holidays. Red ranunculus add a bit of color and hold up really well in a headpiece.
To make your crown:
1. Measure out the twine wire and cut a piece about the circumference of your head. Take the ends of the wire and bend it over to create a small loop, winding the wire around itself to secure the loop.
2. Begin building your crown at one end by wrapping the greenery or flowers to the twine wire with the bindwire or floral tape. Continue to build the crown from the one end by layering the flowers and greenery over one another or gather small bunches of the flowers and securing them to your base with the wire.
3. Be sure to check yourself out in the mirror as you go so you know what the crown will look like when it’s being worn.
4. Once you’ve filled in all the flowers with the wire, feel free to fill in any gaps or add some extra oomph by cutting extra blooms and glueing them with floral adhesive to your crown. If there is any wire showing, glue some blooms over to hide it. The floral adhesive, albeit a bit messy, can be your best friend – if there’s anything the wire won’t hold, just glue it down.
5. To finish, take the ribbon you’ve chosen and tie it to the looped ends of the crown. You’ll use the ribbon to tie the crown to your head. Be sure to cut the ribbon on the longer side so that you have the length to tie it into a pretty bow at the back of your head.
xxTaylor, Fox Fodder Farm