I’ve been making flower crowns since I was 16, and selling them on Etsy since I was 19. As hard as it is for me to believe, that’s seven years of doing my flower crown DIY thing! I’ve gone through phases where I wore a flower crown every day (yes, even to class), and phases where I didn’t pick one up for months. Now, after many years of wearing and selling flower crowns, and many, many hours of designing and creating them, I’m sharing my process, so that you too can make beautiful flower crowns yourself! Read on to learn how to make a flower crown DIY!
Flower Crown DIY Supplies
- Silk flowers in whatever colors you want (here are some nice ones, but for these, you may want to go to a store where you can choose in person). For tips on this, head to the “how to make a flower crown DIY” section below!
- Natural floral wire for the base of the flower crown
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks that are meant for your glue gun size. Make sure to double-check this!
- Wire cutters
- Ribbon for the back of the flower crown (optional)
- Accents like acorns, lady bugs, or rhinestones for decoration (optional)
- Paddle wire to attach any special items (optional)
How to make a flower crown base
Almost everyone who makes flower crowns has their own way of making the base. Some people use headbands or elastic, while others make wire or wooden halos for a base. I make my own flower crown bases out of natural floral wire, which is a special kind of wire wrapped in tissue paper so it looks like it might be found in nature. I like this instead of wood or a headband because it’s totally customizable to the person’s head. And once you get used to making them, it’s pretty easy! Here are two options, depending on the style you prefer.
Flower Crown Base Option 1: the Loop Method
This base is best if you want a lot of exposed, twisting wire, or if you plan to have a very full flower crown.
1. Cut the right length of wire. Using the wire, measure around three-fourths of your head. Bend the wire, double back to your starting point, and cut using wire clippers. You will now have a piece of wire that is 1.5 the circumference of your head, bent in half in the middle.
2. Create the ribbon loop. Make a small loop in the middle of the wire by twisting the bent portion around twice. You want the loop you made to be around the size of a quarter, and shaped like an almond. This will be one end of your flower crown!
3. Twist loops in the wire until you reach the end. Double-twist each time to make sure that it doesn’t come loose.
4. Create the second ribbon loop. You can do this by bending one end of the wire into a loop shape, and wrapping the other end around it to form a secure hold.
5. Bend into horseshoe shape. You will now have a long, flat flower crown base. Gently bend it into a semicircle or horseshoe shape so that it can be worn on the head.
Flower Crown Base Option 2: the Twist Method
This base is best if you want a simpler or sturdier flower crown (for example, if you want to travel with it or have it survive a music festival). This method is pretty easy to do!
1. Measure for size. Measure all the way around your head with the wire, and pinch where the wire meets so it sits well on your head.
2. Secure the hoop. Twist the loose end of the wire (the one that’s not attached to the roll) around the rest of the base so you essentially have a hoop or lasso of wire the exact size of your head.
3. Twist around, again and again and again. Using the roll of wire, twist around the halo until you’ve gone around it around three to five times. Clip the end of the wire and wrap it around the halo to secure it.
Now comes the fun part: styling and decorating your flower crown. I’m going to show you how I finished both these crowns in two different styles, so you can get some options.
How to make a flower crown DIY
Start by choosing a few colors for your flower crown. Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting flowers and colors.
- Buy a silk bouquet if you plan on making only one crown. If you buy individual stems from the craft store or silk flower seller and you’re only planning to make one crown, you’re likely to run up a lot of costs and end up with excess. Bouquets are already selected to be a complementary color palette, and usually include several different types of flowers.
- Buy individual stems if you want to make multiple flower crowns. Multiple individual stems allow you to mix-and-match.
- Spring for quality. Silk flowers come in a whole array of colors, costs, and quality levels. The cheapest silk flowers will have only one or two colors or shades in the petals. The most expensive and realistic-looking flowers will have many different shades in the petals to make it look as real as possible. I recommend opting for these mid-level silk flowers, to make your flower crown look as beautiful as possible. It will last longer and you will get more wear out of it!
Decorating the base (optional)
For some flower crowns, you may want to add an additional touch of fun or whimsy by decorating the base before you add flowers. In the example below, I wired on some pussy willows in a circle so that there would be small strands sticking out once the crown filled up.
Starting to glue flowers on to your flower crown DIY
Using your hot glue gun, start adding leaves to the base of your flower crown. The leaves will provide extra support for flowers later on, and make sure that there aren’t any gaps you don’t want where your hair or skin would show through.
Once you have one or a few leaves glued down, you can start adding flowers. Different flowers need to be glued on in different ways; here are a few basic types.
Many single-layer flowers like hydrangeas will come with a little plastic pod in the center that you can easily remove. Pull out the pod and glue the petal layer in place by making a small O around the hole in the center of the petal later. You can add something like a rhinestone, pearl, or ladybug in the center later if you don’t want the hole to show.
Multi-layer flowers (2-6 layers)
There are also flowers that come as little pods of 5-6 petal layers, For these, pull them off the stem, remove the fake plastic leaf base, cut the excess stem remaining, and glue it into place.
Multi-layer flowers (7+ layers)
Roses, peonies, and other very full flowers will come with many, many layers, and often can’t handle having their supporting stem shortened. Unfortunately, you have to do this unless you want plastic poking into your head! What I do for these kinds of flowers is glue them on one layer at a time. It may seem like a hassle, but it only takes a minute, and it means the flower will stay on for good.
Filling the crown
There’s no magical method for putting together a beautiful flower crown. Like arranging floral bouquets, it just takes practice and a good eye. I recommend not going for a symmetrical design, but instead trying to make sure that every three or four flowers in a row look good together. The little bunch above looks nice by itself, but when I add to the crown, they should still fit aesthetically into the whole design.
Also make sure that there’s some variation in size and flower type throughout the crown. you can see in this overhead shot that some flowers stick out more than others, but none so much that they take away from the overall design.
Adding ribbons and final touches
Finally, choose a few ribbons that coordinate with the crown colors to tie onto the back. You can slip them through the loops on either end of the crown, or if you made a full circle, you can double-knot the ribbon around the center-back, and tie the excess into a bow.
Finally, if you want to you can add additional touches like pearls, rhinestones, acorns, pinecones, or any other whimsical items.
Congratulations! You’re done and ready to wear the flower crown DIY you made!
This tutorial is so amazing! Flower crowns are just beautiful. You’re so talented!!
Cristina / cristinawashere.com
Thank you so much, Cristina! I hope it inspires you to try it one day!
This is so beautiful! Love this tutorial
Thank you! I am glad you like it!
I see so many people with these! Looks like my bible study group needs a girl’s craft night. Thanks for sharing!
Oh, that sounds really fun! I think it would be really fun to make these in a group, and it would save on costs, too!
i love flower crowns! Thanks for the tutorial!!
I love these! You’re so creative with using ribbon too!
What great floor crown, I m not very crafty but this looks easy enough to make!
This is a great tutorial! That flower crown turned out so pretty!
-Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com
What an extensive tutorial! Love your flower crown.
Great tutorial! Flower crowns are so in demand right now.
Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com
These are so cute! This is such a detailed tutorial, love it!!
OMG! What an amazing tutorial, it makes me want to go out and make flower crowns right now! def. pinned this for later!
This is beautiful! I wish I can wear a flower crown everyday, they’re so pretty!!
Amy | Pastel N Pink
You make it look so easy but I’m sure I would mess it up somehow! Ha! I’m so not crafty .. pinning this anyway so I can attempt one day!
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This is gorgeous and your steps laid it out so well.
This is amazing!! I’m definitely going to make a flower crown in the near future! 🙂 xx Alyssa http://www.thewisewillow.com
This is great! I love how simple you made it and hope to make one soon.
So pretty and I love the instructions – thanks for the ideas.
Sara, silly question…. Do you wear the ribbon just running loose through the loops or do you tie them to secure the back?
What gauge of wrapped floral wire do you use to make the crown?
I love everything about this! Thank you!
You’re welcome Evelyn! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
I work in a University library and each year we do an event for children. This year we are doing a theme of 3 castles. Each department decorates their respective desk in the chosen theme and we try to tie it all in. I am making 13 of these flower crowns. I started them two days ago and they are going great. The headbands were a little intimidating at first, but once you get used to them, they go pretty fast. I bought Dollar Store flowers and ribbons and I think they are going to be great when they’re done. Thank you for the tutorial. There are not many of these tutorials anywhere and I appreciate the fact that you shared.
Wow, that’s awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I’m glad this was helpful for you. I hope the event goes well!
Beautiful! This is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much!
Thank-you Very Much for your extremely informative and straightforward instructions! I live in Kentucky and we are currently self-quarantined due to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s Easter Weekend plus I have 2 Precious Little Granddaughters, that I haven’t seen for over 5 weeks. But due to your Amazing Creativity, they will be getting Wreaths to wear and play with from their Grams!❤🙏❤
Where can I find natural floral wire? I cannot seem to find it.
Thanks for your help!
Are you in the US? I always bought mine at Michaels. On their website you can search for “Naturally Coiled Wire” by Ashland.
I have been searching for a great tutorial for a flower crown for flower girls that i am making for a family wedding – best tutorial i have found – will try to share when done!
just wanted to share some images with you of crowns I made yesterday using your method – made 4 in total – the ribbons are not in place yet – these are for children and the mannequin head is obviously adult – but you get the picture!
i would love to send you some photos – your method was excellent and easy to use. thanks for sharing
I love these crowns and your tutorial. Can I make one without large flowers? I want it very natural looking
Thank you for a wonderful tutorial very very helpful cant wait to try your method. Everything is Beautiful as well Great Job Luv.