Friday, May 2, 2014

How to make a flower crown

I have had a few of my seniors request flower crowns as a prop in their sessions. I looked up a few different tutorials online on how to make your own, and I came up with my own version. I would love to make one with real flowers sometime, but so far I have only used fabric flowers.

The supplies you will need:

1. Flowers. I bought mine at a dollar store, but Wal Mart has a good selection, as well as other fabric stores such as JoAnn's or Michaels. For this crown, I used 5 different kinds of flowers: Two red ones, 3 small white flowers, and 1 type of white 'tulip.' You want a good combination of sizes and shapes.
2. In the same area as the fabric flowers they also have vines wrapped around a brown cord. I bought some of this, took the leaves off, and used the cord as the base for the flowers. It is bendy while still being sturdy.
3. Ribbon to glue to the ends. I chose brown because the girl I was making this for has dark brown hair.
4. Flower tape. I had no idea what this was until I saw it in the same section as the fabric flowers, but it is really neat stuff. It is stretchy and sticks to itself.
5. Hot glue gun.

Step one: Lay your first flower down in the center of your headband cord, and aim the stem towards one of the ends. I tried hot-gluing this flower in place before using the flower tape, but it didn't work very well.

Step two: Begin wrapping the flower tape around the stem. I work with a piece of tape that is about 8 inches long. Continue to add flowers, facing them all in the same direction, working your way towards the end, and alternating flower colors, types, and sizes. The wonderful thing about the flower tape is you can layer it so well. If you get going and notice a bald spot, it is easy to stick another bud in between and wrap some more tape around it. Hint: The tighter you hold and pull the tape, the easier it sticks to itself.

Step three: Just before you reach the end of the cord, use your hot glue gun to glue the ribbon onto the end. 

Then wrap some flower tape over the ribbon to hide the end and the glue.

So far you have only done one half of the band and all the flowers face one way. 

Now you are going to go back to the middle and place a flower next to your starting flower with the stem pointing toward the other end. Continue working your way down just like you did on the other side! Once again, cover the ribbon with one last piece of flower tape and you are finished!

This crown took me about 45 minutes to make, and it is the 3rd crown I have made. Here it is on my gorgeous senior, Kate. 

Here are the other two crowns I have made:

They are so fun and add just some serious flair to a senior session. Plus, I like picking out the flowers and making them unique for each of my girls that ask for them!


  1. Is the ribbon to tie it to your head?

    1. Yes! I use the ribbon to tie it around the bottom of the head in the back!