Create A Flower Crown with Willow

If ever there were a time to create a flower crown, it's for the Jubilee celebrations. 
Imagery of the wonderful Martha Ward wearing a flower crown made by Willow.

How to make a Flower Crown
By Willow Crossley

What you’ll need: 
  • Copper wire (one roll) 
  • Florist tape (one roll) you can buy both from amazon.co.uk 
  • Secateurs 
  • 20-30 stems of flowers and greenery, (my favourites include, roses, or carnations as they remain strong once out of water, and greenery such as sage and rosemary) 
  • Tape measure
  • Ribbon (for decoration) 

Method: 
  1. Measure your head using a tape measure, then add on a few centimetres and cut the copper wire to that length. 
  2. Make a loop at one end of the copper wire and twist the end to secure it in place. (This will help you hook on to the other end to fasten, once completed.)
  3. Trim the flowers so the stems are 7-8cm long. Remove any leaves from the stems. The easiest flowers to work with are carnations, rosemary sage, gypsophila, larkspur, statice, pink peppercorns, strawflower, berried eucalyptus and eucalyptus.
  4. Take one flower (or a small bouquet of 2-3 flowers) and attach it to the copper wire using a small piece of florist tape. Stick another piece of tape at the top of the stem, just below the flowerhead to make sure it is attached properly.
  5. Wrap the rest of the flowers around the wire, fixing each one in place with tape to ensure they are properly attached. Make sure all stems face in the same direction. As you layer them on top of each other, alternate between flowers and greenery. Stop once you have reached the desired volume and the whole wire is covered. Tip: keep trying it on as you go, to ensure it still fits well, even as you bulk it out. 
  6. Once you’ve added all of your flowers, fold the other end of the wire to make a hook shape (do this by simply bending the wire using your fingers). You can then link the hook with the loop you made at the beginning to fasten the headdress.
  7. Cover any exposed copper wire or sharp edges with florist’s tape. You can also tie on some ribbons to hang loosely at the back of the headdress if you wish.
  8. Store your headdress in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. I recommend keeping it in the fridge or alternatively in a box lined with tissue paper - spritz it with water every few hours.