Today I'm thrilled to share a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Kristina of Eccentric Owl! Kristina's blog is one of my favorites to read on a daily basis. Her style is amazing, she rocks retro looks like nobody's business, she's sweet as pie, AND she's a fellow Washingtonian! What could be better?
Today Kristina is here to share a tutorial for an amazing DIY Flower Crown, perfect for the fall. Check it out below, and then be sure to go check out her lovely blog, Eccentric Owl!
Hello, Ladyface Blog readers!
I'm Kristina from Eccentric Owl, and the beautiful Becca has asked me to guest post. So, in true crafty Becca fashion (although I'll admit, I'm much, much lazier doing DIY crafts than she is!) I decided to share with you all how to make your very own flower crown... fascinator... thing. Technically, it's probably not supposed to be called a "crown" because it doesn't go all the way around. But whatever! It's fun and easy and pretty. Let's get started!
You will need flowers, obviously, as well as a hot glue gun (and hopefully you stash your hot glue sticks with your hot glue gun, or you'll spend longer trying to find them than you did making the headband), scissors (maybe), newspaper or cardboard or a paper plate to keep the hot glue from messing up your table, and a headband. Any kind will do, but I prefer this plain metal one, and you'll see why later. The total cost of supplies for what I used to make this headband seriously came out to less than five dollars. (I mean, the flowers alone cost me $3 total, and I could make at least five headbands out of those three bouquets. So, you know.)
First of all, pull a few heads of the flowers off of their stems, and peel the leaves off of the stiff plastic thingies they're secured to (or, in the case of the darker green ones, cut them off of the middle attachment.) The leaves will be your base for the headband, so be sure to get enough! You can never have too many.
Glue your leaves onto the headband, making sure that they are securely glued to each other (more important than them being secured to the headband, actually.) Be sure they're positioned in such a way that you've got plenty of space to put flowers on, as this is what they're going to stick to.
If your flowers have long stems even after being pulled off of their arrangement, cut the stems as closely to the base of the flower as you can, so that they will easily lie whichever way you want them to go.
Roughly map out the design of your flowers on a flat surface. It's okay if they look wider than your headband, because when you glue them on you'll want to squish them in a bit to make sure there are no empty spaces.
Glue your flowers on, being sure to hold each one securely to the leaves until they are good and dry, or you'll end up dropping one on your dress and nearly hot-gluing flowers to yourself(you know. That happens. *ahem*). I generally have a main bunch of flowers planned, with a few extras to either side. Once you've gotten the biggest part of the arrangement glued on (usually 3-4 main flowers), take it to a mirror and try it on, and see whether or not you actually want more flowers. Sometimes, less is better.
Now here's the optional part, but the part I prefer, and this is why you want a metal headband: once the whole thing is dry, peel it all off of the headband. This way, you can pin it to your head whichever way you want, and it will be MUCH more comfortable to wear all day! Or, you can sew ribbons to the ends and tie it around your head. But if you bought a comfy (read: not cheap) headband and like the way it feels, you can skip this step!
If you're not sure that all of the leaves are secured to each other, hot glue or sew them in strategic places so that your headband won't fall apart later.
And you're done!
Wear your headband everywhere, feel pretty, and bask in the glory of having made it all by yourself in less than 30 minutes.
Also, please ignore my chipped fingernails.
I hope you all enjoyed this DIY, and have a wonderful day!
Lots of love,