I’m going slightly off topic this week. Still craft but not yarn craft. Instead I’m talking flowers. Those of you who have come to this blog via my Instagram feed will already know of my love of flowers in general. But this week, I’m getting specific with a love of flower crowns.
Some of you will know I work for a couple of hours each morning in a fabulous florist near my home called Green Parlour, owned and run by the very lovely Emma. As well as making gorgeous hand tied bouquets and selling pretty plants to the residents of Pangbourne village, she runs all sorts of fab floral workshops (see here for details) and when I saw she was running a flower crown workshop I jumped at the chance to go.
The workshop was on a Saturday afternoon and it was lovely to escape the usual chaos of my weekend for a couple of hours to sit in the calm of the flower shop and play. There were three other ladies on the workshop, all of whom had floral experience or had been on several workshops before. One of the ladies was looking for ideas for her daughters wedding flowers which was very exciting.
You need quite a lot of flowers to make a flower crown and wiring them, especially when you aren’t used to it, takes quite a lot of time. Eventually we all thought we had enough flowers wired so it came to crown construction. This involves taking a length of flexible wire measured to fit your head and starting at one end, lie the flowers along the wire so the flower stem lies on top of the wire. Then tape the flower to the wire. Lay the next flower head on top of the bit you’ve just taped with the stem lying the same was as the first flower, tape and repeat until you’ve covered the whole length of your wire. Make a loop at either end of the wire , add a ribbon tie and viola! Flower crown!
If you are thinking of making your own flower crown, you need consider that the flowers aren’t in water, and so they do fade quite quickly. This means you would need to make your flower crown on the same day as you were wanting to wear it. If I were to do this again (and I almost certainly will because it was so pretty), I would probably use more orchid flowers as they’ve lasted for a few days, while everything else was looking quite floppy by the next morning. If you didn’t want to try a full flower crown, a few orchid flowers glued to a hair comb would be a very pretty accessory and this is one I’m definitely going to try just the next time my orchid produces some flowers.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this change of scene this week. Next week I’m sure we will be back to yarn craft as I’ve been busy doing some more dyeing that I’m keen to tell you all about.