A flower crown for a wedding, for Swedish Midsummers or for dress up is so adorably sweet. You can DIY for any occasion and kids will love wearing them! You may want one for yourself, too!
Pretty Flower Crowns
This project is better suited for older grandkids to make. With your guiding hands, though, even the younger children can help you make a pretty flower crown.
Flowers for your flower crown
I use artificial flowers so the flower crown will last for a long time, but real flowers from your garden can be used with the same basic instructions. If using real flowers they won’t last very long so enjoy it immediately or make the flower crown shortly before your event.
The easiest way to make a flower crown is with a floral garland. A garland with smaller sized flowers works better for a child, but that is personal preference. Flowers of any color can be used, or you can use a garland of only ivy as well. There are so many options!
Recently we made flower crowns for two granddaughters who will be flower girls in a wedding. The bride chose a garland with small white roses and gold ribbon. This wedding flower crown is featured in these instructions.
Midsummers flower crowns made with a variety of colored flowers make it look like it was made with wild flowers from Sweden. Midsummers Day is one of my favorite holidays!
Measure for head size
Start by measuring the head size of the person that will wear the crown. Don’t skip this step as head size varies more then you think! I actually make the first ring of flowers to fit the child’s head size instead of using a measuring tape or string. This is really easy with a floral garland. After fitting, secure the ring size using floral tape.
Here is a helpful trick when using floral tape. As you wrap the tape around the garland, use gentle tension and stretch the tape so it will stick to itself. Don’t be afraid to wrap an area several times to hold it together well.
Pull the tape down between the flowers so you are wrapping the stems together, not smashing the flowers down.
Circle the garland around two or three times to get the desired fullness, then clip off the extra. Secure the garland a number of places around the circle of the flower crown to hold it together using floral tape.
You can add extra greenery and flowers where desired by tucking them in the desired place on the flower crown and securing with floral tape. Have some fun!
Flower crown ribbons
Choose ribbon of a coordinating color. Wrap the ribbon around and around the flower crown. Don’t wrap the ribbon too tightly around the crown, but gently loop it around the flowers. After wrapping around the whole wreath, tie a knot and leave long ends (at least 18-20″ ends) so you can tie a bow as well as have ribbon tails – so fun as they flow down the girls’ backs!
Other ways to make a flower crown
A second way to make a flower crown is with floral stems.
Overlap the top of one floral stem over the bare stem of the second floral stem and secure with floral tape. In this way you are making your own garland. You may need to use several stems with this method depending on the head size, the length of the floral stem and how full you want it. Fit this to the child’s head and proceed with the instructions above.
A third way to you can make a flower crown begins with a plain wire base. Fit the wire to the child’s head size and then add flowers. Add a flower to the wire ring and secure with floral tape. Overlap a second flower over the stem of the first and secure with floral tape. Continue this all the way around the flower crown wire until it is completely covered. This works well with fresh flowers.
Small wreath or gift
You can also use these as small wreaths to hang on the wall or give as a gift. We gave one made from yellow forsythia stems to grandma-great to hang on her door in the nursing home. Forsythia is her favorite, which made her so happy!
- One floral garland
- Green floral tape
- Ribbon- 3 yards roll in a coordinating color
- Wire cutters
- Additional greenery (optional)
- Additional flowers (optional)
- Measure the child's head size.
- Make a circle with the garland to fit the head size and secure with floral tape.
- Circle the garland around this fitted circle one or two more times till the flower crown is the desired fullness.
- Clip off the excess garland with wire cutters.
- Secure the flower crown around the circle in a number of locations with floral tape.
- Add additional greenery and flowers if desired and secure with floral tape.
- Wrap the flower crown around and around with ribbon.
- Tie the ribbon in a knot leaving 24" long ends on the ribbon.
- Tie ends in a bow.
- Wear and enjoy!