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How to Make a DIY Fresh Flower Crown

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From weddings to music festivals, flower crowns are everywhere these days. They’re the ultimate spring accessory and make even the rainiest of days that much brighter. Best of all, they’re totally easy to make yourself.

I do have to admit that before this project, I’d never actually made a flower crown before. But with plenty of them floating around on Tumblr and Pinterest, I’d gotten enough of an idea to be able to craft this one from scratch. So I know you can do it too!

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Here are the items you’ll need to make your own flower crown:

  • 4–5 different fresh flowers, greens, etc.
  • Heavy gauge floral wire
  • Green floral tape
  • Scissors or wire cutters

1. Stop by a local market to find some in-season blooms. Luckily, the Birchbox office is close to the Flower District in Manhattan, so I trekked over to West 28th street (between 6th and 7th avenue) and grabbed a variety of wholesale bunches. It’s great to have extras in case you make a mistake or to make a bouquet following your DIY.

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2. In terms of which flowers to choose, it’s totally up to you! However, it is important to consider how colors, shapes, and scents will work together. Personally, I picked four fairly light colors that I knew would look nice against my red hair. (If you’re not sure which blooms are best together, ask the florist for recommendations!)

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3. It’s time to make the base of the crown. Create a circle from the floral wire that fits comfortably on your head—not too loose or too tight. I fashioned mine to sit at about a 45 degree angle so I didn’t cover up my bangs. Next, add another layer of wire for extra stability and cover completely with the floral tape in a spiral motion (think wrapping a ribbon around a pencil). This will prevent any accidental hair snags on the wire and give the base a slight “vine” feel.

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4. Next, clip your flowers and greens down to 3-4 inches and arrange around the crown base. This gives you a chance to see how you’d like the final crown to look and easily swap out different blossoms. I arranged mine with a very obvious “front” although you may prefer to make a seamless wreath that can be worn any direction.

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5. Once you’ve settled on a design, group the flowers into mini “bouquets” to make attachment to the base a little simplerImportant: Be sure that when you wrap them with tape, you use the last bit of the tape for a final loop around the crown base—this helps secure the blooms to crown itself. I made the mistake of not doing this the first time and ended up with a slightly bulky crown. 

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6. Add in layers. Start with the largest bouquets and flowers on the bottom, until you’ve completely covered the crown base. 

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7. And you’re done! Feel free to stick in a few extra flowers here and there to cover up any empty or tape-filled spots.

Ta-da! Totally easy and super cute DIY floral crown.

—Bre

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