Weddings, baby showers, music festivals — flower crowns cap off any summer occasion. We asked New York City floral designer Christy Doramus ( @CrownsbyChristy ) for advice on how to DIY the popular accessory using fresh, seasonal blooms from Whole Foods Market.
Gather your supplies. You will need:
- Fresh seasonal flowers of your choice
- Florist wire
- Garden shears or scissors
- Thick and pliable craft wire
- Florist tape
Photos: Meg Niemann/ @MSNPhotography
Cut your flowers, leaving 1.5 - 2 inches of the stem intact, and create a pile of blooms to easily select those you want to use as you work.
Use the craft wire to create the base of your flower crown. Measure it around your head to make sure it fits and then twist the two ends together. You can use the florist tape to cover the sharp edges so that they don’t scratch you or pull your hair.
Pick your first flower and place it against the craft wire. Us the florist wire to wrap the flower to the craft wire 2-3 times around, but make sure not to pull too tightly as it can rip through the stem.
Repeat step four by adding individual flowers or small bunches of florals in the same direction. Every time you add a flower you can cover up the wire from the previous bloom.
Complete the flower crown by repeating step 4 until the craft wire circle is covered. Voila! Your crown is complete!
Christy Doramus is a New York City based flower crown designer and floral stylist. After working as a publicist in Manhattan for six years, she started Crowns by Christy , a business she now runs full-time. In addition to taking custom orders, she also hosts flower crown DIY classes for private events. Christy's work has been seen in magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Vanity Fair and Seventeen as well as websites such as Vogue.com, GlitterGuide.com and InStyle.com. In May of 2015, Christy launched a Flower Crown DIY Book instructing readers on how to make their own flower crowns and floral hair accessories.