Friday, July 27, 2012

DIY: Floral Crown- 2 versions

This summer I've been obsessing over the whimsical feel that floral crowns bring to a look.  I love free-spirited, boho, one-with nature feeling that they encompass, and let's be honest, I'm not one with nature, so if wearing a floral crown is the closest I'll ever get as far as a "return to nature" in Nietzschean terms, then I'm all for it.  And, I really just like they way that they look.

So, I went to the craft store, gathered an abundance of fake stemmed flowers and got to work.  I wanted to not only create a full, colorful crown, but also a simpler version to be worn on more casual days.

Things you will need for this DIY: a long string of garland flowers- this will be used as the base of your crown (I chose ones that looked like they had baby's breath flowers strung all the way around), several stems of colorful flowers (around 6-8 large flowers to cover the front, 15-20 to go all the way around), green-colored twine & scissors.

Are you ready to begin?

1. Gather your materials. Note that you won't be using the E6000 glue- for some reason I always think I'm going to need this stuff so it makes it into my photos! :)

2. Start by cutting the strip of garland flowers to be a little longer than the circumference of your head- you'll want to make sure you have a little wiggle room once you put it together.

Here it is after it's been cut.

3. Overlap the ends, hiding one end into an area where it won't be noticeable when tied.

4. Tie the stems together, and cut the extra stem off so there isn't any overlap.

My simple version is done!!

To continue with the colorful version, keep going.  
If you are making more than one, repeat steps 1-4 to set up the base for the colorful version.

5. Cut down the colorful flowers, leaving a couple inches of the stem exposed.  Tie them into areas of the crown where they won't be noticeable using the green twine.

6. Keep adding more flowers & repeating this process.  I'm choosing to only add flowers to the front, but you can go all the way around if you prefer.

Version #2 is complete!!


7. Wear & enjoy!

So what do you guys think?  Which version do you like better?

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156 comments:

  1. You are so creative!

    www.steffysworld.com

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  2. Can't wait to try this - so cool!

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  3. Awesome DIY Allison! I love both versions, they're so cute. Hope you have a nice weekend! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  4. they both are very romantic, the second one is my fav!:) kisses dear!

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  5. so pretty! i don't really have the kahunas to wear one out in public yet though haha

    -Jessica
    http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com

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  6. That is SO pretty - I really like it. Have you tried flower arranging before? It seems as though you'd be good at it

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    1. Thank you! And no, I haven't tried flower arranging. To be honest, I don't know that I'd have the patience for it! haha :)

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  7. Such a great idea, really love it :-)

    See you Allison xx

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  8. Wow great work!!! I like it!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  9. Fabulous! Looks amazing! I also made one, with cherry blossom flowers. http://violetcatstyle.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Irina! I would love to see yours!!

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  10. Looks very attractive, I like your idea and thinking to arrange some followers for next party.

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  11. Wow really creative! You are looking pretty in both styles-looking like an angelic beauty in one and a bohemian beauty in another ! I love your creativity -you do come up with ingenious ideas. Keep it up and have a wonderful day,

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  12. Aww soo pretty! Very creative! ^_^

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    xoxo

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  14. I want the floral one! It's amazing, so clever x

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  15. love the work done....very pretty!!!

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  16. hey, you!
    such a pretty crown. you are so pretty, allison! great DIY project. :)
    have a lovely weekend, and thanks for the LIKE on my FB page. :) you're a doll!
    xoxo
    jasmine
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  17. Well done! It's looks really good on you! Hope to see it in your outfits soon!

    xx

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  18. waoh this is too nice but i know that i cant do that ahahah

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  19. This is so cute and pretty, I like it! I don't think i can do it though

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  20. Wow!! that's so creative and looks so pretty!! I have got to try it!!

    Thanks for the tutorial!!

    Love
    Mehak
    www.thedoublemlife.blogspot.com

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  21. Wow, this doesn't look that hard to make. I love how yours turned out.

    *Erin

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  22. I think I like the super flowery one best...if you're gonna do flowers...go all out :) You have such great ideas, I'm definitely going to make one of my own.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  23. Oh wow, these turned out beautifully! I like them both so much...I'd probably go with the first one though :)

    Trendy Teal

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  24. They are so beautiful, turned out really well!! I'd keep mine simply though, plus it takes less time ;). Such a cool DIY, looks pretty cool!!
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    Ally xoxox

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  25. Very pretty crown, I really love all the bright flowers! Fantastic job!

    Rebecca

    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  26. This is so pretty!!

    Lovely blog! x

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  27. This is so creative! Hope I have the patience to make it. Gonna start following for more inventive tutorials like this ;)

    <3 Kelly
    SavvySelections.blogspot.com

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    1. aww thanks for following, Kelly! I really appreciate it!

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  28. I really like the second one came out really pretty,thanks for sharing it with us Allison :)
    Thanks for your great comments on my blog highly appreciate it :)

    xoxo
    carina
    myfashionarchive.blogspot.com

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  29. This is so cute and creative

    Tash
    http://style-isle.blogspot.ca/

    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog doll much appreciated!
    Hope you Follow and Stick around :)

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  30. Beautiful! Can't wait to use this tutorial one day.

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  31. I'm such a sucker for headbands, especially floral crowns! Great DIY!!

    xo Ashley
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  32. That looks so lovely xoxo ES
    www.liveyourpassion.gr

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  33. So sweet! Looks a lot like the swedish flower crown that we make for Midsummer's Eve :)

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  34. You are so creative! I love the last one.. it's so lovely :)

    - Victoria
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  35. so cute <3 definitely love these DIY posts! Every week is something amazing

    Alexa <3
    http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/

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  36. This looks so wonderful on you! Seems hard to make to me, you're so talented that you can do all these amazing DIY's. Love your hair btw.

    XO, Imke

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  37. This is so cute! I have to try it out if I ever get the chance.

    Vivian
    js-go.blogspot.com

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  38. Acho muito bonito, adorei o tutorial, porém aqui no Brasil não se usa tanto, na real nunca vi! risos. BEIJOS

    Me conheça, assista ao vídeo! xoxo

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  40. hii
    soo lovelly
    :D
    sabrina
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  41. These are really cool Allison. I wish I could be as creative as you!


    kat
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

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  42. this is fabulous girl, love it!!
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  43. Looks super cute! I feel like I have nowhere practical to wear this though!

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  44. So beautiful and natural fresh! you look also younger ! a kiss serefreestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Younger is always good! I should start wearing it everyday then! :)

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  45. so pretty!!love the natural touch

    thanks for the sweet comments and dropping by our blog:)

    xx
    selvia

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  46. Allison you are amazing, you are a total inspiration your DIY are gorgeous!
    heck my new post!
    xoxo Dia!

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  47. You are awesome, this DYI was the best thing I have ever seen! Literally!! I just uploaded another post about a little adventure at college, if you want a specific video or post back to school themed, feel free to tell me :) www.shineonbyandrea.blogspot.com Twitter: @shineonbyandrea
    Instagram: shineonbyandrea

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  48. Nice idea:)
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  49. ma che belle!!! sei stata bravissima!!

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  50. Amazing!!!!

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    xoxo

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  51. love everything!

    Visit my blog? xx Miss Beatrix (http://missbeatrix.blogspot.com)

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  52. I love that you posted this, I was just talking to a friend about how cool I thought Man Repeller looked in hers! {You look equally chic!}

    xo Mary Jo

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  53. LOVING THE SECOND ONE! I THINK I KNOW WHAT TO DRESS UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN ;D THANKS FOR THIS, ALISON!


    KISSES FROM :
    A SMALL BLOG WITH A BIG HEART
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY where Fashion and Food collide!
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  54. great diy idea! i always see these crowns in magazines and now i can make my own!

    thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    xo
    ardena rose
    lavieenardenarose.blogspot.com

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  55. those are so beautiful! i love the second one, it's perfect for summer!

    abigail
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  56. I love everything about your blog. I'm your newest follower! Hope you can check mine too! xo

    Nikki of Inside The Closet
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    1. Thank you so much for following, Nikki!!

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  57. what a cool idea -- perfect for garden party! xo

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  58. This is such a cool post and a great idea :)) perfec accessorie for summer days :)

    xx
    N.

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  59. Ahh thats so lovely! I followed you back dear.

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  60. You wear these beautifully!

    oxoxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
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  61. Wow, pretty! <3

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  62. sweetie you look stunning this post is amazing,
    many kisses from,
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  63. You look so adorable in the flower crown! This would be perfect for a wedding. :)

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  64. you look SO bohemian and chic

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    following you on GFC follow us back??

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  65. Heyy... I have nominated you for " The sunshine Blogger " Award.. For details and rules.. Head on over to the http://thedoublemlife.blogspot.com/2012/07/two-in-one.html

    Congratulations... :)

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    1. aww thanks so much for the nomination! I really appreciate it! ;)

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  66. Gorgeous DIY, I was wondering how to do one!!! xoxo from Rome

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  67. When i was a little, ai loved to do them :)

    xoxo

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  68. Thank you for your lovely comment!

    XO, Imke

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  69. Beautiful crown!!! you look like angel from heaven!!!

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  70. I still can't figure out how you fixed it stem to stem.. It looks beautiful.. You are very creative :)

    Thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog earlier & fr following me.. I'm following u too :)

    ~Boomerang Plus

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    1. Hi there- I used the green twine to wrap the stems around each other. I wrapped them several times and then tied it in a knot. I hope that helps!! Photos 4 & 5 show it the most clearly.

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  71. thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, just followed you on GFC if you like follow back xoxo ES
    www.liveyourpassion.gr

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    1. Thanks for following, Elena! It really means a lot to me!

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  72. I know there's no need to tell you this, but I am too crazy about floral crowns! I've been excited since my sister told me some time ago that she wants us bridemaids (she's getting married next February) to wear floral crowns! I think it is such a wonderful idea!
    I think of floral crowns as something luxiurious since one doesn't get to wear one as often as one would like to!
    I prefer your second crown since it has more color to it, but they are both beautiful!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki
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    1. Congrats to your sister on her upcoming wedding!! And how exciting that you guys get to wear floral crowns!! That is going to be such a gorgeous wedding!!

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  73. it looks really cute ;)

    Karina
    www.my-obsession-photography.blogspot.com

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  74. Hi, I found your blog only now, it's so nice and beautiful ;))) ...I always want to do a DIY ;PP thanks for the post!!
    Clo

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  75. I LOVE this DIY – I've always been a big flower crown fan but have never made one myself, and i really really love the one you did with the big bright flowers – so boho pretty!

    Sea and Swank

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  76. lovely DIY :)

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  78. Hi Allison, thanks for visiting my blog. I love floral crowns, yours looks nicer than most I've seen on the high street! Great DIY xxx

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  79. These crowns are so beautiful! I will have to try out this diy sometime soon!
    Thank you for visiting my blog! <3

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  80. I love the second one! So rich and colorful!!!

    Thank you for commenting on my blog dear! Hope to see you again soon! :)
    xoxo
    Karola
    www.karolasway.blogspot.com

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  81. You really do the BEST diy's!! I have a halo/reef i purchased a while ago, if i'd seen this i wouldnt have bothered as yours looks waaaaay better! xx

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  82. I loved this DIY! I am def gonna use it later xx

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  83. This is so lovely, I love the headband in the second picture.

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    1. Wow, that's so cool! I absolutely love the flowers. Your blog is so inspiring, now you newest follower!

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    2. Thanks, Lily! You're very sweet!!

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  85. Very creative. I much prefer the simple version. xA

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  86. wow , so cute idea :-) I ove this first one. I am your new follower dear
    xoxo

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  87. I could never pull off this look, but it looks good on you, Allison. Another cool DIY!

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  88. These are so pretty! In the second pic, you look Hawaiian, hehe! ;-)

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  89. Beautiful crowns !

    xo ,
    Ana Catalarrana
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  90. Allison eres genial!!!
    te sigo
    un beso

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  91. awesome! these are beautiful!

    xo
    naty
    aloveaffairwithfashion.blogspot.com

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  92. hello my gorgeous and so talented friend this is so beautiful i really love the lillies of the valley one its so delicate. they have such a fairytale and mystical look about them i would love to wear one . u think of such great ideas alison its so inspiring. i hope u and ur husband had great weekend we hooked up last night wit old friends great night . kisses my lovely friend xx leonie.

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  93. LOVE THIS!!!! what a perfect idea for a party too... thanks for the inspo! xO!
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  94. So romantic and pretty! Admiring your creative mind :)

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  95. so pretty! such a whimsical and beautiful diy!

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  97. Thank you so much, sweetie for your lovely comment!! I just followed you!

    The crown is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Have a great week! xoxoxo

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  98. I just love your DIYs girlie. They're always so official. ;) Can't wait to see the next one.

    You Like It? I Made It!
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    P.S. Can't wait to hang out again. ;)

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  99. Great DIY!, both are amazing!, i follow you :), kisses.

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  100. wouaw! I love the first one!

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  101. Amazing DIY! That's a must-have Summer piece for sure :) xoxo ♥

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  102. wow this is so pretty! Amazing DIY Dear! Love it all

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