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Crown yourself!

CandideZA
Published on September 28th 2020
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by CandideUK. All rights reserved

A close up of a flower
Garden Day is just around the corner on Sunday 11 October. And what does that mean? Time to practice those flower crown making skills!
Follow the easy step-by-step guide to ensure you have your beautiful flower crown ready in time to wear on Garden Day:

Step 1 | Gather your gear

A pair of scissors
You will need the following:
  • Secateurs
  • Twine, ribbon, cord, fishing line or wire
  • Small scissors

Step 2 | Harvest your base

A close up of a plant
In order to make a proper flower crown, you will need to have a strong, yet pliable structure or base. In this image, we show two examples that will work very well - pepper tree and willow tree branches. Plants like ivy, wild grape or penny gum will also do the trick.
*Make sure you harvest a long piece that is nice and soft so that it can be intertwined.

Step 3 | Harvest your fillers

A close up of a plant
This is where you can get creative! Walk into your garden and pick almost anything your eye fancies. If you are looking to make a rather thick and full crown - plan on harvesting material that is pliable so that you can work it around your base. If you plan to have a single focus point - working in odd number always works well.
*Tip: Look for dry seed heads - they always add an interesting element.

Step 4 | Build your base

A woman is cutting a green plant
Start by measuring your head so that you can get an average size for your base. Now take your long piece of 'base material' and bend it according to your measured size so that the long piece overlaps. Now take the overlapping ends and weave them in opposite directions into the rounded base. Take a piece of wire, twine etc. to secure the base in three sections.

Step 5 | Decide on your look and feel

A close up of a flower garden
A flower crown can be big, full of beautiful flowers and a total masterpiece of all your foraged good OR it can be smaller, less full and still just as beautiful with a less is more approach.
It is important to decide beforehand whether you would like to have a crown that is equally full all-around or a crown that has a focal point.

Step 6 | Add your first layer of fillers

A green plant in a garden
Now the fun part starts - building your flower crown. Decide first whether you would like to have a focal point to your crown or whether you are going to build the crown evenly. We decided to go the route of having a focal point.
Starting adding your first layer of fillers as you wish according to the type of design you decided on. Remember to intertwine the stems with your base to ensure that they won't fall out. You can also consider using the twine or ribbon here for the same functionality but with an added design element.

Step 7 | Add your final layer of fillers

A hand holding a flower and a knife on a cutting board
At this point, you should have all your very 'special' flowers or fillers left which you would like to stand out in the final crown.
At them according to your design and structure and ensure that they are nicely tied up.

Step 8 | 'Less is more' completed crown

A woman standing in front of a flower
Now that you are done remember that it is always best to wear your crown straight away - otherwise, you can always put your crown in the fridge to keep it cool and fresh for the perfect time to put it on!
Happy garden day preparation to you all!
Remember to #gardenday with your beautiful flower crowns on in your posts!

Step 9 | More detailed and completed crown

A bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table
Now that you are done remember that it is always best to wear your crown straight away - otherwise, you can always put your crown in the fridge to keep it cool and fresh for the perfect time to put it on!
Happy garden day preparation to you all!

Remember to tag #GardenDaySA with your beautiful flower crowns on in your posts!