Festival season is here, and you know what that means? It’s time for flower crowns to shine! A fresh bouquet of flowers on your kitchen table can bring life to an entire household, but there’s something extra special about donning fresh seasonal florals on your head. The sweet scent that drifts around your head as the summer day drifts lazily into a starry summer night- there’s just nothing quite like it.
When it comes to flower crowns fresh or faux, there’s no one quite as wonderfully talented as Shelley, aka Lady Hayes. Momma of the cutest little Toronto family you ever did see, Lady Hayes has become a go-to for weddings and festival fashion alike, and we never grow tired of swooning over her flawless work.
When dreaming up the concept for the #pastelcraftclub series Shelley immediately came to mind, but considering she had just given birth to her second adorable baby girl we assumed she’d need a lot of time before she’d be ready to participate. As luck would have it, we assumed wrong.
Shelley invited us into her beautiful space and showed us step-by-step how to work ordinary fresh blooms into a floral crown fit for a queen, all with two babies running around and cups of imaginary tea in her hand. It was a little bit like living within a Disney movie, and we were half expecting little birds to swoop down and tie the ribbons when the crown was all done!
Note: When picking flowers I like to choose a variety. My typical shop includes leafy greens, small filler (like wax flowers, baby breath etc), small blooms and large blooms.
Step 1 // Wrap one piece of stem wire with floral tape. Bend each end to create a loop and secure with floral tape.
Step 2 // Now the fun part! Create what I like to call a baby bouquet! Snip a piece of your greens, add a piece of filler, and a smaller bloom. The stems should be about 2 inches in length. Bundle them together and hold the stems along your pre-taped stem wire. Secure with a 5 inch piece of tape wrapping tightly along the wire and stems. Continue building a variety of baby bouquets along your stem wire until you get 3/4 of the way down. Mix up your selections as you go to.
Step 3 // Once you get to the 3/4 mark on your wire stop. Turn your wire around and begin building along the opposite end. Keep going until you have about a 1.5 inch space between both ends.
Step 4 // Choose a larger bloom and snip off stem leaving 1/8 inch of stem. This will be the fuller side of the crown. Take an 8 inch piece of floral wire and pierce through the base of the bloom pulling it all the way through. Pull the wire until both ends are equal in length. Fit the bloom into the 1.5 inch space and secure the flower by wrapping the floral wire around the stem wire.
Step 5 // Cut two pieces of ribbon 1 metre in length. Take one piece of ribbon and thread through the loop of your stem wire. Pull through until both ends are equal in length and tie a knot. Repeat.
Step 6 // Now bend your crown to create an arc and hold against your head near your hairline. Secure on your head by tying a bow with your ribbon.
Step 7 // Go be awesome!