DIY inspired by… | Floral headband


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I had a wedding to attend this summer and it was the first time in a while that I had the opportunity to dress up for a fancy occasion. So I took it as my only chance to wear flowers in my hair. It’s the kind of accessory you don’t often get a chance to try. Unless you live in L.A. or visit music festivals every summer weekend. Which I don’t in both cases, so a wedding seemed like my best shot at trying this DIY. So here’s my take at a floral headband.

I definitely wanted to use fresh flowers, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a bouquet from a florist. So… I “stole” some? Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t sneak into people’s gardens with a pair of sheers to take their flowers. Instead, I went to public parks and snipped a few buds from their flower beds. If you walk around, you can find quite a variety and their in such abundance that it’s unnoticeable that I took a few. Nevertheless, whether it’s wrong or not, I still ended up with a pretty flower crown.

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My dress was lavender, and I was lucky to find flowers in that shade. Unless you prefer to only use one kind of flower, a useful tip is to find flowers of various sizes and textures to give more interest to the finished headband. (The designer in me highly suggests this) I also picked up some long branches with small leaves from some plant bushes to add some green. I made sure to snip an inch or two along the stem below the flower to have a long enough base to attach it to the headband. And finally, I gave my flowers a little shake outside before working on them to get rid of little insect residents. Cause you definitely don’t want to finish your crown, and then realize there’s a beetle in your hair. (Which happened to me)

 

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1 | Materials


Along with your flowers and branches you’ll need…

  • Wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Plier
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape that matches your hair
  • Liquid glue
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    2 | Prep the flowers


    Depending on the state of your flowers and branches, you might want to remove any broken leaves and wilted petals. Or, like in my case, I had to use my scissors to trim off the thorns. Cause, unfortunately, I picked up nothing but prickly branches.

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    3 | Making the headband


    I took my wire and wrapped it around my head to create the headband. Then I cut the wire an inch or two longer than what I measured and twisted the ends together with pliers to create a circle that fits around my head. You could just tape the ends but I find it more secure to make a twist too.

    4 | Wrapping the wire


    I used my black masking tape to cover the wire so that it would blend better with my hair. If you want to make a full flower crown you can skip this part, since the whole wire would be covered by flowers.

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    5 | Get an idea


    Before actually taping the flowers to the wire headband, I laid them in the approximate way I wanted my crown to look to have a rough idea of where I was going once I started taping the flowers down. Since flowers are so fragile, I figured it’s best not to manipulate them too much. So the way I worked, once they’re tapped down, they’re not moving.

    6 | Trim your branches


    I started by trimming certain leaves on the ends and center of the branches to give me more space to place my tape. This step isn’t really necessary and you can skip it, but I thought it gave a cleaner look to the finished headband.

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    7 | Start taping it down


    Once I was ready to tape my flowers and branches down, I just went at it. I started with the leaves then just built it up from there. I made sure to tape the flowers along the bump of the wire headband to hide the twist knot I made. And I always layered the flowers in a way to cover the cut stems, or I used small cuts of leaved branches to hide them.

    8 | Have fun with it


    I somewhat followed the placement I tried out at first, but used it more as a rough guide. Fresh flower crowns are such a fleeting accessory since they wilt after a day. So there’s no point in overthinking it too much. Just remember that most of your flowers should be facing forward instead of above as it looks like when you’re working on a table. So I made sure to actually try it on often to see what it looks like worn, that way I got a better view of what I needed to fix.

     

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    Once I finished taping all my flowers and I felt I had a harmonious garden on my head, I used some craft liquid glue to fix any drooping or out of place pieces that were too small to fix with tape. If you plan on wearing it the day after like I was, keep the crown in the refrigerator so that the flowers stay as crisp as possible. They will only look their best for about a day, so plan to make your crown the day before or even the day of.

    I wore my crown by splitting my hair in a top and bottom layer, and then placing the back wire of my crown beneath the top layer of hair so that my hair would drape down and cover the wire. Then I secured it with two bobby pins at the back and that’s it! It held well and lasted the whole wedding. That is, until it was mid reception and everyone started to dance and have fun. That’s when the heels came off and the flower crown too. By the end of the night, you could tell that it started to dry out, but it looked pretty while it lasted.

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    3 comments

    1. Lena says:

      I can’t believe I didn’t leave a comment since I was spazzing so much about this post! It’s so pretty!!!! I love how all the colors match so well 😀 MORE DIYS MORE DIYS!

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