How to Make a Flower Crown – DIY Flower Crown
I know, I know. More flower hair! It’s just that; flowers are always seasonal in my opinion. I’m not tired of them yet, are you? If not, let’s put MORE flowers in our hair!
To get creative with different ways of adorning your hairstyles with fresh flowers and plants, let’s explore some floral hair designs. Blending the natural beauty of flowers and plants and using them to accessorize and add color to our lives is a bold and lovely way to style our hair, don’t you agree?
I must confess, I don’t like buying flowers, so I innocently pick them at random, but only after glancing over both shoulders. I feel okay about this flower poaching mostly, but at times I have had a mini panic attack over the karmic retribution I could possibly encounter from occasionally snatching flowers, so I only pick them if there are many to spare. And, I always try to sprinkle the flowers seeds back into the dirt to replant them.
Anyhow, use your best judgment on whether you want to pick or buy flowers to use in your hair designs. Sometimes wildflowers from an abandoned city lot are just as lovely as store-bought ranunculus.
Before we get started, I want to also encourage the use of plants in your floral hair designs. Ferns, berries, air plants and succulents, grasses can all be used along with flowers to garnish your hairstyles beautifully.
1. Getting Started
In order to begin, you will need an assortment of flowers and plants, a brush, large and small bobby pins, clear elastics, and some texture spray.
When choosing flowers, go for ones that look like they are on their way to a full bloom instead of ones that are in fullest bloom already. These will last much longer and look fresher in your hair.
Once you have chosen your plants and flowers, you will want to groom them a bit. Strip off excess leaves and dead petals, leaving a couple of inches of stem to work with. If you want to use leaves from the flowers in your hair, strip them from the flowers, preserving as much stem as possible. It’s easier to secure flowers and leaves into your hair if they are separated from each other.
Then, decide where in your hairstyle your flowers will go. Will you braid them in, pin them in, or simply tuck them behind your ear? Brush your hair out thoroughly to remove tangles, and spray in some texture spray for extra grip and lasting power!
Want to braid flowers directly into your hair? This first floral look is so simple! It’s created with one small accent braid, tucked and pinned, and one big side braid.
First, choose flowers with long stems for your braid, as you will need to incorporate these stems into your accent braid. I chose onion flowers and babies’ breath for this particular look.
Begin your braid with a couple of overlaps before you begin adding in flowers. Lay your first flower with the stem facing downward in one of your three braid sections. The flower should sit directly on the braid. Overlap a braid section over the flower, braiding it right in and allowing the stem to become a part of that braid section.
Continue braiding with a few more overlaps, then add another flower or plant in the same way. Continue braiding the stems into the braid and adding more flowers, and end your braid when it is long enough to be pinned into the back of your head and then secure it with a clear elastic.
Finally, tuck the end of the braid behind your hair in the back and pin it discreetly. Bring the rest of your hair over one shoulder. Braid it all together loosely, secure the end with an elastic, and then deconstruct the braid.
3. Floral French Braid
This next look is also achieved by braiding flowers directly into your hair. It is a French braided hairstyle that will be wrapped around your head and pinned into place. In this braid, I used small wild roses, colored Gerbera daisies, cosmos, and some random leaves to create a very colorful look.
Start by sectioning off the underside of your hair from behind each ear across the back of the head. In the top section, begin a French braid on one side, adding flowers into the braid as you go. Guide the braid around the back of the head and then braid the free end down on the opposite side of the back of your head. Secure the ends with an elastic and then deconstruct.
With the remaining hair underneath, create a free braid all the way from the base to the ends, adding flowers and leaves in as you go. Secure the ends and deconstruct the braid.
Next, wrap the ends of the top braid around the front of your head in the same direction that you originally braided. Pin it in wherever the braid ends, then add more discreetly placed pins as needed to secure that braid into a crown. Wrap the bottom braid around the head in the opposite direction, tucking the tail of it under the braid crown, and pinning it into place.
Pull out random pieces of hair and pin in more flowers as needed for a lovely, disheveled wildflower crown.
4. Tuck & Pin
The old tuck and pin trick is a super easy and pretty way to wear one large flower like a rose or dahlia in your hair. For this style, I used a large white Dahlia with a three-inch stem to create a soft and romantic look. This ‘would be perfect for a summer occasion or wedding style!
For this hairstyle, create a single, centered braid and secure the ends with elastic. Then, wrap the braid into a tight bun and pin it into place.
Take your favorite flower and feed the stem into the base of the braid. Use a large pin to pin the stem into the hair to secure it, and voila!
5. Rattlesnake Braid
For the next two hairstyles, I secured the flowers by first creating a criss-cross grid of bobby pins where I wanted the flowers to go. It makes it easier to add multiple flowers into one area securely.
For this lovely braided style, I used a large rose, a small rose, an air plant, and some baby’s breath.
Follow the Rattlesnake Braid tutorial steps in order to achieve the two-strand twisted halo do picture here, then criss-cross pin across the front of your braids on the top. Last, pin your flowers and plants into your crisscrossed grid and go! Lovely, huh?
6. Scarlet Letter Braids
This is The Scarlet Letter Braid with criss-cross pins across the back, above the braids, and air plants and succulents pinned in. You can also make an air plant clip to pin in at the end instead of using the criss-cross pinning technique.
I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful floral hair creations! What is your favorite floral look from this post?