Ah, the flower crown: Still the official unofficial headwear of choice at Coachella (which kicks off this weekend) and music festivals in general everywhere. We tapped Erin Benzakein, a leader in the farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of Floret Flower Farms, to share a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a flower crown of your very own from her book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. Because if flowers make us happy, flower crowns make us REALLY happy—Coachella or not.
SPRING FLOWER CROWN
What you need:
- 2 feet (60 cm) paper-covered wire
- A roll of floral tape
- Ten 6-inch (15 cm) pieces of floral or paddle wire
- 6to8feet (1.8 to 2.4 m) of decorative ribbon
- 2 stems of viburnum, with 8 to 10 blossoms removed
- 12 stems of muscari
- 9 to 10 stems of ranunculus
- 1 stem of Canterbury bells (Campanula medium), 8 blossoms removed
- 8 to 10 small stems of larkspur
What to do:
1. Determine the crown’s diameter by wrapping the paper covered wire around your head where you want it to sit. Leave a few extra inches/centimeters on either end for fastening together later. Make a loop on one end and leave the other straight. (After fitting the crown to your head, straighten it out before adding materials.)
2. For large, heavy blooms like ranunculus that need extra support, wire the stems individually for added stability before securing them to the bundles. Make a hairpin with floral wire and slip it gently down through the center of the flower head. Then tape the wire and stem together.
3. Put together mini bouquets of roughly 4 to 6 stems each, using a mixture of the listed greens and blooms. I generally use 8 to 10 mini bouquets for an average-sized crown. For a delicate crown, make the bundles petite; for a fuller finished piece, make the bundles bigger. Cut the stem ends so that 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) of stem are remaining.
4. Wrap each mini bouquet’s stems together with floral tape, starting at the base and going around each mini bouquet until the stems are fully covered. Floral tape gets sticky when gently stretched, so be sure to pull on it slightly as you work, and it will adhere to itself.
5. To build the crown, take one of the mini bouquets and lay it along the paper-covered wire. Wrap floral tape around the mini bouquet and the wire a few times until it’s thoroughly attached.
6. Add the remaining mini bouquets, facing them in the same direction as the first and placing them so that each hides the previous mini bouquet’s stem ends, until the paper-covered wire base is covered.
7. After all of the flowers are attached, tie a few pieces of ribbon on either side of the clasp in the back.
8. Place the crown on your head and secure the two ends together by looping the straight end of the wire through the loop on the other side and twisting to secure it.
If you won’t be wearing the crown right away, store it in the produce area of your refrigerator for up to
two days to keep it fresh.
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