I'm a big believer in flowers for all seasons, as you may have already gathered from my baby's breath braid post. I think it's totally reasonable to look like a pretty forest nymph who lives with a family of deer deep in the woods all year round. Forest nymphs don't move inside when the weather gets cold do they? Obviously not.
They do, however, have to adapt to the changing seasons and lack of bright-coloured spring foliage to work with as hair accessories.
When I spotted these fake roses at the dollar store, I almost couldn't believe it. Usually the dollar store's faux flowers are hyper-trashy, but these were velvety soft, creamy white, and topped off with just a touch of glitter on each flower. I promptly bought a handful of them, knowing at some point soon I'd probably need them for something (which I do every time I visit the dollar store).
As I walked out of the store, silently congratulating myself on my excellent find, it hit me: I'd use them to make a winter flower crown.
I really adore flower crowns. From the moment I saw a photo of Lana Del Rey all big hair, big lips and big flowers, I was hooked. There's something so whimsical and dramatic about having a chunky bouquet perched atop your head. Though on one occasion I had a man tell me to enjoy my wedding night and then yell at me about divorce rates as a direct result of my pretty pastel crown, I still feel extra magical when I wear one.
I knew the white flowers I'd found would be the perfect glam winter accessory, but there was just one problem: I had absolutely no idea how to make a flower crown.
Luckily, I experimented a bit and found a super simple method that will work for any level of craft skill. Seriously, you'll be cranking out hundreds of these in no time. Gift them to friends, don your creation next time you feel extra woodsy, or make a couple and do both.
All you need is:
•Fake flowers with long bendable wire stems
•Ribbon of any sort
•A glue gun
•A pair of sharp scissors
•Glitter nail polish, sequins, glitter glue, etc. (optional)
•A certain amount of whimsy
Take two flowers from your stack and hook them together using the wiry stems. Twist the flower heads together so that the stems are sticking out in a horizontal line from the opposite flower.
Grab more flowers, and wind the wire stems around the already existent wires of the main two flowers. Every time the flower is secure and in position, pull the stem to one side, so there will be a small bundle of stems on each end of the headband when you’re done.
Try to wind as tight as you can so the flowers don’t shift too much. Continue adding flowers until the headband is as full as you’d like. Try on the headband periodically to make sure the flowers are sitting the way you’d like them to, and that you haven’t added too many flowers.
When you add the final flower on each end, wind the stem like a corkscrew around the bundle of other stems. This part of the headband will go around the back of your head and help hold it in place.
Heat up your glue gun. Take out your ribbon and measure out enough to go around your entire head, plus the height of the flowers. I used about a meter, but I had to trim quite a bit at the end. If you’re in doubt, cut more ribbon than you think you need, just to be safe.
Apply a small dab of glue onto the end of the stems on one side and fold the ribbon over it. You want to leave enough ribbon hanging from the end to be able to tie a bow and secure the headband on your head, so measure it out first (I left about six inches of ribbon hanging).
Once one end of the ribbon is glued into place, start winding the ribbon around the bundle of stems to cover them. This will protect your head from getting poked, your hair from getting tangled, and just make the headband a lot prettier in general.
When you get to the flowers, weave the ribbon through each flower, covering all of the wire in between.
When you get to the opposite end of the headband, glue the ribbon into place like you did on the first side, then measure the ribbon out to the opposite end and cut off any excess. Make sure it secures at the back of your head, or you’ll have to cut a new piece of ribbon and start wrapping from scratch.
This is an optional step, as technically the crown is wearable and ready to go when you finish step 8. Since this is a winter crown, however, I thought it needed a little extra sparkle magic.
I used Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish in Diamond Jubilee (also from the dollar store) to add a bit of extra winter frost to some of my flower’s petals. You could also sew or glue on sequins and beads, or use plain old glitter glue to get the job done.
Find a forest sprinkled with freshly fallen snow and lie in a glittery meadow listening to the birds chirp. If this is unattainable, simply light up a tree-scented candle of any sort and play this. Either way, you are now a maiden of the wood.