Create a flower crown for you or your pup to celebrate birthdays, weddings
or for any special occasion. You’ll find helpful tips and techniques,
along with floral longevity tips.
Happy Monday! It’s the third Monday of the month which means
I’m joining my blogging friends for some
flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.
You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
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For this week’s addition of Monday Morning Blooms, I had hopes to do a table outdoors,
but couldn’t muster the energy or enthusiasm with the heat index at 105!
Making a flower crown has been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while now so I decided give it a try.
Sophie and Lola volunteered to be models. . . posing = treats. 🐾🐾
I found the inspiration and technique to make flower crowns in a favorite book. . .
If you’re looking for a book on floral design, this one will NOT disappoint!
It’s full of beautiful floral inspiration with techniques
and tips to create everything from hand-tied bouquets and
centerpieces, to wrist corsages, flower crowns and wreaths.
To make a flower crown, start with a piece of paper-covered floral wire or the wire of your choice.
Determine the crown’s conference by wrapping wire around your head (or your dog’s head 🐾 ;)
placing it where you want it to rest, allowing for an extra 2 inches on either side
for fastening it together. Make a loop on one end and keep the other end straight.
I used 2 pieces of wire twisted together to get the right circumference.
To create my flower crowns, I used daisies, mums, alstroemeria and charmelia from the
grocery store, along with some garden foliage and Vitex seed pods (Chaste Tree)
for a little texture and interest. Condition your flowers and foliage first,
cutting the stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake.
After giving them a fresh cut, place them in room temperature water mixed with flower food
to help them hydrate for several hours before assembling your crown.
For each crown, assemble 12 to 15 bundles of 3 – 5 stems, using a mixture of
flowers and foliage. Wrap each bundle of stems together
with floral stem wrap / tape, gently stretching the tape as you work.
Floral stem wrap is a strong stretchable tape that is self-sealing.
Wrap the tape at a slight angle as you go to minimize bulk, stretching as you go,
so it becomes sticky and adheres to itself.
To assemble your crown, take a bundle and lay it along the wire at the looped end and
wrap floral tape around the bundle and the wire a few more times to secure.
Add remaining bundles facing them in the same direction and overlapping them so
each bundle hides the previous bundle’s stem ends until the wire is covered.
I added some individual flowers from a stem of Campanula, (Peach-leaf Bellflower)
with a piece of thin gauge florist wire, and running it though the base of the bloom.
Place the crown on your head (or pup’s head!) securing the ends by feeding the straight
end of the wire through the loop and twisting to secure it.
Add ribbon streamers to the back of the crown if desired.
For best results and longevity of your flower crown, use flowers and foliage
that will hold up out of water, such as thistle, statice, lilies, mums,
carnations, lisianthus, or standard and spray roses.
Most greenery and flowers last longer if the stem is a little older or woodier.
To help prolong the life of your crown, store your flower crown wrapped in plastic
in the produce crisper drawer of your refrigerator to help keep your flowers fresh,
keeping your flowers away from fruits and veggies in the fridge
which may emit ethylene gas and shorten the life of your flowers.
I highly recommend using a moisture-sealing spray like Crowning Glory than can
extend the life of your flowers and foliage of your flower crown or bouquet!
Sophie and Lola says it’s exhausting work, posing and modeling. 🐾🐾
Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse