As you may have seen on the Inspiring Pretty Instagram in April, I got engaged to my fiance, Max! We just hit the first milestone of our engagement: our engagement photos. As someone who has written about weddings (including engagement photo ideas) over the past eight years, I have been looking forward to this for a very long time. I wanted to capture our personalities and dynamic (obviously), and I wanted them to be full of rich, vibrant, natural colors. We accomplished that partly by taking our engagement photos in the blooming gardens of Bishop’s Garden at the Washington DC National Cathedral and partly by incorporating a colorful DIY flower crown and bouquet.
I just love these colors.
To make the DIY flower crown, I bought flowers the day before the engagement photo shoot and crafted the crown that night. This ensured the freshest look and feel for the look without the stress of having to put it together on the day of.
For this DIY flower crown, you will need the following supplies:
- A floral arrangement tool kit
- Floral tape
- Floral wire
- Wire cutter
- Strong, heavy duty tape
- fresh flowers + filler greenery (I used approximately 18 flowers, but the number will vary depending on the size of your flowers and the density of your flower crown).
DIY Flower Crown Tutorial
- Before cutting the wire, wrap it around your head following the placement where you would like the crown to sit on top of your head four to eight times (with a little bit of wiggle room) depending on how light or heavy your flower are. The weight of the flowers will most likely weigh down the crown, which can make the finished crown uncomfortable. I did the classic 45° angle, which makes the DIY flower crown sit comfortably outlining the crown of your head. Be sure that the wire is not too tight on your head.
- Cut the wire using your wire cutters. Don’t worry about bending the ends of the wire to keep the shape of the flower crown. The tape will keep the shape once you start wrapping. Plus, the bent wires may jab into your head.
- Place the flowers around the flower crown in the pattern that you plan on arranging them. I found it helpful to take a photo looking down on the placement of the flowers to reference when arranging them. If you’re having trouble arranging all of the flowers, cut the stems to the halfway point, but don’t cut them to the arrangement length yet, just in case you need to make adjustments later. Like a wedding dress, you can always remove more, but you can’t add to it once it’s gone.
- Remove the flower arrangement from the crown and choose a few flowers for where you plan to begin. Cut the first flower and place it where plan to begin.
- First, wrap the floral tape around the wire a few times to secure the end and then begin wrapping the stem of the first flower near it. Be sure to wrap the flower and wire tightly. Wrap the flower stem a few times over and from different angles as needed. Use the heavy duty tape to secure the floral tape as needed.
- Continue this with the rest of the flowers and greenery cutting each as you place it to ensure that you use the correct stem length for the positioning in the crown. You can either use one strip of floral tape throughout or cut and tape as needed. Continue using the heavy duty tape to secure the flower stems as needed. To maximize the volume of the flower crown, you can arrange the flowers on top of below the wiring on the crown. Just make sure that the flowers placed underneath the wiring are light enough to be supported by the floral tape alone.
- Once you reach the end of the flower crown, wrap the floral tape around the first and last flowers, securing them together tightly. Use the heavy duty tape to secure the end of the floral tape roll to the flower crown.
- To keep the beautiful DIY flower crown that you just made looking beautiful, hang it on the back of a chair at a 45° angle or on top of an upside down bowl. You want to prevent the flowers on the bottom of the crown from being smashed from sitting flat on the table or from falling off from being hung at a 180° angle on a door knob or a coat hook. If you place the crown on a bowl, then you can put it in the fridge and potentially make your flowers last longer.
As you can see from the engagement photos, the DIY flower crown turned out beautifully. The flowers added vibrant color and softness to the photos. I think that the end result made it worth the effort. Let us know what you think in the comments!