So, I had this idea that on my 40th birthday I’d like to do something creative and fun that folk would probably not have done before! I have a lovely friend who is just innately creative and also completely encouraging of creativity in others. She and I always get lost in dreams and ideas when we get together. When we met up this summer over a glass of wine and a meal out we planned an idea for my birthday. Zoë runs her own florist business at Zoë Conville Design House and was up for making some floral crowns for us to celebrate. We thought we’d add in a little tutorial for you along the way. Thanks to the talented Janine Boyd, an instachum I was delighted to actually meet in person, for photographing us getting giddy and delving into the magical world of floral crowns! Catch Zoë, Janine or myself on Instagram too.
Zoë had bought in some flowers, a variety of foliage, berries and flower stems but this could equally be done with some foraged beauties you might find!
What you’ll need:
*scissors or secateurs
*florists or a light, flexible wire
*Two lengths of ribbon (40cm or so each)
Zoë had made us each a headband out of wire with hoop moulded at each end…this will be used to tie the ribbon through when we’re done, and means you don’t have to get too fixated on making the perfect size for your head, the ribbon will tighten it.
// Gather a few stems together and wrap the wire around the base like above.
// Cover this wire with the green florist tape.
// Continue making these tiny posies. We made 15 in total, a variety of floral and foliage. If you would prefer a simpler crown stick to one type of flower/berry or leaf.
// Once you have your posies ready then you’re ready to attach them to the headband.
// Starting at one end and facing the posy towards the loop, tape the posy onto the headband.
// Layer your next posy over the top so they lie tightly together and tape this one too. Work the whole way along your headband making sure there are no gaps. On the last posy, turn it round so it lies facing the loop and a different direction to all the rest (you’ll not notice this when you’re done!).
// Now you are ready to attach your ribbon. Fold your length in half, thread the folded end through the loop and tuck the ends in through. When you pull the ribbon will stay in place. Repeat for the other side.
And that’s it…you’re now ready to wear your crown with pride and skip across the meadows!!!
It was honestly such a fun way to spend the afternoon and for all you locals I’ll keep you posted if Zoë branches out into workshops!!
The best photo of the day! Pure fun despite being increasingly ancient! Just saying’ xx