While planning a recent bohemian-style photo shoot, I had a desperate urge to learn how to make a floral crown. My new antidepressants must be kicking in!
Luckily, Jennie Keogh from Merci Bouquet in Camden offered to teach me how to make a simple crown from flowers. Jennie creates beautiful, vintage inspired flowers for weddings and other occasions.
There are many different ways to make a floral crown, this method Jennie assures me, is the simplest and most suitable for beginners.
You will need:
- dodda vine (available from florists or the side of the road)
- flowers such as Erica, Aster and sweet pea (from your garden or the side of the road)
- paper-covered wire (available from craft stores)
1. To make the base, twist the dodda vine into a ring. Make the ring a little smaller than your head as the dodda vine tends to stretch as you work with it.
2. Cut some small pieces of paper-covered wire 8cm (3″) long
3. Weave the stems of the Erica flowers into the dodda vine. Secure with paper-covered wire, twisted around the dodda vine.
4. Trim the stems of the Aster flowers then tuck them into the dodda vine. Secure with paper-covered wire.
5. Repeat with the Sweet Pea flowers.
6. Trim the ends of the dodda vine so you don’t poke people in the eye.
- If you need your crown to last more than a few hours then don’t use Sweet Pea, choose a flower which will last longer without water, such as a native
- If your crown is for a bride, it is a good idea to make a practise crown first
- If you are making the crown the day before the wedding and the weather is hot, wrap your crown in tissue paper then store in a cardboard box inside your fridge
Special thanks to Elizabeth from Kelvin Homestead in Bringelly, on the outskirts of Sydney, for the stunning historic venue for our photo shoot. For wedding inquiries, Elizabeth can be contacted on 0451 044 491.
Also, a big thank-you to Jennifer Cattle for her fabulous bridal coiffeur skills. Jennifer can do sexy boho hair. When I try to do sexy boho hair it instead looks like crazy cat lady hair.
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