The Exact Way to Make the Perfect Flower Crown

Flower crowns can be made with real or fake flowers. The difference is primarily that a fresh crown will really only last for one day (maybe two), so it’s a good idea to make it on the day you plan to wear it. But if you use artificial flowers, you can wear it multiple times. NYC-based Meisner shops for both real and artificial flowers primarily in the Chelsea flower district, but she’s been known to pluck a few arrangements from her backyard or pick up a bouquet (or five!) at her local bodega.

If you want to go faux, get colorful, quality flowers. “When looking for artificial flowers, I am always on the lookout for colorful versions that hold their shape and are easy to weave floral wire through,” she says. “This allows me to shape the flower crown and make it as sturdy as possible.” Her go-to shops are Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies and PANY Floral in the Chelsea flower district. “I also love a small store called C+C, which is great for small artificial flowers,” Meisner adds. But you can also get nice artificial flowers from a national chain like Michaels or JoAnn Fabric.

Use filler. When making real flower crowns, Meisner loves to incorporate a variety of filler flowers to add color to larger statement flowers. Baby’s breath is always a great option, combined with any smaller seasonal flowers. For statement flowers, she loves to use spray roses, ranunculus, daisies, and other fun colorful flowers that are in season.

Get wired. Super-thin florist wire is the base of all of Meisner’s flower crowns. “It’s not only what holds the flower crown together, it allows you to weave larger statement flowers along the crown, and its malleable enough for you to mold your crown however you want,” she says.

Make sure the flowers face outward, ALWAYS. The most important thing to be careful of when making a real crown is to avoid breaking the stems off of the filler and to keep from cutting the entire stem off of any larger, statement flowers. You need as much stem as possible to build off of when it comes to the filler flowers and a little bit of the stem on the statement flowers, so that you can weave some wire through the center of it to secure it better and make sure the flower faces outwards when worn.

Use ribbon to tie the crown on. When finishing a flower crown (real or artificial), Meisner uses ivory ribbon tied on each end of the crown, so that you can tie it around your head or under your hair and adjust the fit easily, making it more of a headband or a halo crown, depending on your preference.

OK, now for her *~BeAuTiFuL~* how-to:

1. Pick flowers you’re absolutely obsessed with (and that go with your outfit) to create your flower crown.

6. Add the filler, as well as a smaller bunch of flowers an inch or so behind the starter stem. Continue to wrap the florist wire around the stems to secure them.

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7. Voila! Your starting piece of your flower crown is finished! Make sure you have a stem sticking out of the bottom so that you have something to keep building off of. Now, add the statement flowers!

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8. Choose your statement flower of choice, snip most of the stem off, leaving some of it so that you can fish the wire through to eventually keep it facing forward.

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9. Push the wire through the stem and out of the center of the flower.

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10. Make sure to bend a hook at the end of the wire, and then pull the wire toward yourself, so the hook hangs onto the middle of the flower, anchoring it.

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11. Wrap the wire around the stems of your previous filler, making sure the flower faces out along the arch of the crown.

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12. Continue adding more filler, wrapping the wire around the stems, followed by another statement flower of your choice.

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13. This is what the underside of your crown should look like. Remember to always make sure you leave the stems jutting out, so that you have something to keep building on.

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14. Repeating steps two through seven, create an identical end piece to attach to the opposite end of your flower crown to finish it.

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15. YAY! You did it! Now, admire your creation. Just kidding, you’re not done yet.

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16. Tie on your ribbon by taking a 2-foot-long piece of ivory ribbon, creating a loop around your green starter stem, and sliding the ends of the ribbon through it. Then, secure it by tying a knot around the loop you just created to keep it from unraveling. Then, let the rest of the ribbon to hang. Repeat on the other side.

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17. Choose how you’d like to wear your flower crown and tie it just below the crown of your head in a bow or knot.

18. Enjoy the hell out of your new, fresh, gorgeous accessory!

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19. Instagram!! Pin!! Tweet!! Admire! Make your friends jealous!

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