DYI Flower Crown

 

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Every lady should feel like royalty.  This is a motto I try to live by.  Perhaps it’s the Peter Pan in me; continually attempting to find my way back to those days of imagination where I would lose hours, if not days, to a daydream.  That daydream, of course, was of being royalty.  Now it wasn’t always easy, I mean being royal requires a lot of responsibility; it’s not all high tea and bonbons. Though, those are appreciated and the marrow is sucked out of those moments when you happen upon them.  I am talking the hard facts of being a royal.  For example, perhaps you are trapped in an estate with an evil stepmother.  You must scrub the floors. You must please an unappeasable woman; there is manual labor to be done!   But oh the dreams that you have while scrubbing, the journeys you go on in your mind.  Perhaps you are trapped in a tower, your royal status only matched by your solitude.  Day in and day out you sing and dream of life out of the tower.  Or, what if you are made to sit next to your royal family, always being told how to act and what to do?  You long for the great big somewhere….being royal isn’t always easy!

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Those are the daydreams of my past.  Now, I am all about finding small royal moments in my every day; moments where I can disappear from the humdrum of life and escape for a minute or two.  Escape to a fantasy world of being royalty.  These are small moments, like when my husband brings me my morning meds and vitamins in one of my vintage eggcups every morning with a fresh cup of water and leaves it  on the nightstand for me when I wake for work; a royal moment indeed!  Or when the service at dinner is so top notch; one night, my sister’s boyfriend, Eric, waited on us it was like we were the most royal of royals.  Or when you change your sheets and turn down the bed yourself, hop in the shower and step out in a plush towel after a long day.  You look at that bed with some fresh cuts you arranged on the nightstand and even though you yourself did it all, this…this is a royal moment of the most high.

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Or when you make yourself a Flower Crown.  Never ever has there ever been a royal moment more pure and full of bliss than when wearing a flower crown.  I made one a few weeks back for a May Day party because, seriously, it isn’t a May Day party without a flower crown.  I mean am I right-or-am-I-right?!?

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So I implore you to grab some flowers and sit down and make one today.  Being Royal was never so easy or felt so good!

 

You will need:

16 gage wire

Floral tape

A long stretch of ribbon

Scissors

Wire cutters

Hot glue gun and glue

Flowers and greenery

Note: the hardier the flower the better the crown will hold up

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How to:

Cut a section of wire to fit across the crown of your head

Measure off 2 feet of your ribbon to trail from one end of the wire glue the wire to this point

Take the rest of the ribbon and begin to wrap around the wire until you get to the end

Measure off 2 more feet of ribbon to trail off at the other end of the wire

~You will use these ribbons to tie the crown to your desired measurements and will want a little extra to hang down the back after a bow is tied for whimsy you know

Now to the flowers!

Cut each flower or greenery leaving a 2 inch stem

Wrap the strong stems with the flower tape

Wrap the delicate stems with flower tape and a section if wire to give them more strength

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Now all of your flowers are prepped this saves time and helps creatively

Begin at one end of the wire

Wrap the first piece to the wire with floral tape facing the blooms toward the end of the wire

Let the first few blooms go past the end of the wire to cover the end of it up

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Continue to wrap flowers/greenery to the crown taking care to cut off and excess stems

This will keep your crown lighter

About three inches from the other end of the crown flip the directions of the flowers

This will cover your other end of the crown

Arrange on head and tie ribbon ends to achieve desired fit.

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Note you can make this crown up to a day ahead of time.  Simply spritz with water and keep in a fridge until needed.

 

I bow to you your majesty!

Marcella Rose

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Bloom by bloom

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Who doesn’t love fresh cut flowers?  There is something about having them in your home that makes every day just a little bit better.  I simply love to have some fresh-cuts by my bed to make waking up a little bit easier and having a bunch of blooms on my table to greet guests.  Fresh flowers will brighten your home and heart and between Trader Joe’s and your local farmers market, they are more affordable than ever.  But what do you do when you bring them home?

Throwing them in a vase and calling it quits is just dandy, and quick for sure, but taking the time to select the right vase to showcase your blooms and then taking the time to arrange them can be truly therapeutic and one of my favorite creative outlets.

Today I am giving you three easy ways to showcase your fresh-cuts.  Whether they are a bunch of single blooms from your local grocery store, a visit to a florist for a monochromatic bouquet of beauties, or a special order of extravagance for a hostess gift, I’ve got you covered!

Single bloom bouquets:

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This time of year I am obsessed with tulips.  Nothing says, “Hello Spring!” Like a bright bunch of tulips.  I picked up this $6 bunch when I grabbed my weekly groceries.

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These beauties combined with my affinity for vintage bottles make an easy, stunning arrangement that will make you smile just looking at them!  Just snip each tulip under water at a sharp angle and place in a mini-vase for simple arrangement that is sure to wow.

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Monochromatic bouquet:

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I visited my local florist Eufloria Flowers to create this beautiful bundle of blooms.

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They were so helpful and kind, if you live in the Ashland, OR area I highly recommend this florist!  I chose 2-4 stems of anything and everything she had in this color; spending around $25.  Once I brought them home, I removed all the leaves; this keeps the water fresher and makes the flowers last longer.  Then, adding one flower at a time, I built a round bouquet in my hand.

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Once I had created the arrangement, I snipped them to the length I wanted, just skimming the top of the square vase which I had lined with a large leaf (also purchased at the florist).  The result a stunning eye-popping statement for any dinner party or living room decor.

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The Show Stopper:

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Whenever I am a guest at someone’s home, whether friend or family, a hostess gift is the most important thing on my mind.  This year when I went home for a family gathering I stopped at the local farmers market to purchase some flowers for a show stopping center piece that would last long after my visit.

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I choose blooms that hung low and had a richness to them in order to create the overflowing opulence of this arrangement.  For the vase I chose a low bowl and placed some floral foam in the bottom to hold the stems in place.  Then, one flower at a time, starting from the middle, I worked my way out to create a center-piece that was the center of attention.

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Here’s to being creative and having fun with flowers!  There is always an opportunity to turn something simple into something extraordinary.   Happy arranging!

– Marcella Rose

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