flowercrowning // DIY

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last year, i moved to california to begin a new adventure. the experience was short-lived, but full of amazing experiences, friends, emotions, and lessons i'll never forget. before i moved, my lovely friend ariana agreed to make the roadtrip down I-5 with me in my little jetta. the only rule we had for our trip was we had to wear flower crowns the entire drive, never taking them off. and let me just mention, we created the hashtag "#flowercrowning" on instagram, and there are now 69 posts... claim to fame.
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we constructed some simple flower crowns out of cheap, faux flowers, floral wire and floral tape. a year later, i'm showing you how we did it, all while making really weird faces and laughing a lot! [okay, maybe i was the only one making weird faces ;)]
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what you'll need:
  • silk/faux flowers of your choice, amount depends on the size of your head/flowers. [we used all white this time]
  • floral wire [i like the kind covered in twiney-material]
  • floral tape, green, and kinda sticky on both sides.
  • scissors/wire cutters
  • optional: hot glue gun
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step one:
measure the circumference of your head with the floral wire. then cut and secure ends together by twisting the wire. make sure no sharp ends stick out!
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step two:
cut your flower stems so they are about 1 1/2 - 2in. long. begin by laying the stem parallel to the wire, and wrap around both with the tape, securing the flower to the wire.
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some of the stems need to be bent at a 90 degree angle, so that the flowers face outward like this:
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step three:
continue adding flowers, alternating colors/types of flowers. try it on every now and then to see how it is fitting and where the flowers are positioned!
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step four:
make sure all the flowers are secure, and for added strength and durability, use hot glue to secure flowers near where the stems are connected to the wire. i find mine is fairly secure without it though! then, have a little photoshoot!
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that's it! enjoy being a flower child, dance around, wear it at home, at the beach, to a party, or on a roadtrip to california.

some of you may remember these seasonal photos bethany olson has taken of me over the last year, and yes, i constructed these crowns using this method!
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happy flowercrowning!
x's + o's
kaitlin elaine

[all photos by ariana babcock, excluding the last 2 photos by bethany olson.]