Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DIY Flower Crown with Kristina of Eccentric Owl!

Hi Everyone!

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!
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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! Supplies  
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.) Step 1  
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. Step 2  
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. Step 3  
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. Step 4  
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. Step 5  
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. Step 6  
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! Fin 2  
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, 
Kristina.

35 comments:

  1. Oh, it's so pretty! And so clever to peel it off the headband afterwards! Headbands always give me a headache, so this idea is really just a fantastic one! ^__^

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! That's why I started doing it this way; I've never liked wearing headbands, and it was actually quite by accident that I discovered the flowers peel off the headband really easily! I'm so glad you like it!

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    2. Lisa, I know, right? What a smart lady that Kristina is!

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  2. How beautiful! I love Kristina's blog- she does such an amazing job! Alex


    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Alex! I love your blog, too! <3

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    2. Agreed! Kristina is the best!

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  3. stunning project, it looks amazing!!

    Be sure to enter my blog giveaway to win a $50 Giftcard to House of Boutiques!
    XO Sahra
    Que Sera, Sahra

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    1. Didn't Kristina do an amazing job? Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh, this looks gorgeous!
    Becca, I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Sunshine Award because I absolutely love your blog!

    Sofie x

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    1. Aw, thank you Sofie! You are too sweet!

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    1. Isn't it lovely? Kristina did such an amazing job.

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    2. Thank you! I had a lot of fun making it. :)

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  6. i just had an a-ha! moment when I read to peel off the flowers so you don't need the actual headband!!!! thanks so much for sharing

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    1. The idea happened to me by accident, when a tester flower crown I made for my wedding started to come off of the headband, and I realized I didn't actually need the band, just the flowers!

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  7. I love this tutorial! I believe this will be the best flower crown I ever make!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I bet it will turn out lovely!

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    2. Thank you Lyndsey, I'm so glad you liked it! I hope you have fun making yours!

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  8. It looks really good! Unfortunately my hair is too short at the moment for headbands to really work for me, but onto the back burner it goes!

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    1. This one might work well for you! Especially since you could just bobby pin it on!

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    2. I think short hair works really well with this type of flower crown, since you can just pin it on! And I think short-haired people look really adorable with hair accessories.

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  9. I love this flower crown! So cute!
    Amia
    www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

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  10. This headband is gorgeous! I love the colours you've used. I'd never thought of making one of these without the actual headband but I imagine it's so much comfier :) xx

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    1. Aren't the colors lovely? That Kristina sure has a good eye!

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    2. Thank you, Jess! It's definitely more comfortable to peel the whole thing off the headband!

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  11. Ugh, I need to have a second fall wedding so I can wear this with my dress! ;) Way cute, ladies.

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    1. Haha! Perhaps a vow renewal or swanky anniversary party?

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    2. Haha, I originally started making flower crowns like this for my wedding, but I didn't actually wear the one I'd made for myself! You could always make one just to swan around in your wedding dress. I totally do that. ;)

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  12. I need one to go in the back of my head so I think I will use your beautiful colors and then some more for others. Great idea and I think I can modify it for my purpose.
    Thanks for the wonderful instructions.

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    1. That sounds like a great idea! I bet it will be lovely!

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