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.