Today I’m excited to share with you the quickest way to make a leaf garland and floral crowns. This is the last post of DIYs from my birthday dinner party- you can check out the whole party, the Monogrammed Velvet Napkin Rings, and my Naked Cake Cheat too if you like. This one is going to be quick, because the tutorial is, well, easy. But that’s how I like it- quick and easy crafts for parties, save the time consuming DIYs for home decor and things that will stick around a bit longer. And what’s really awesome about these crowns- the greens I chose dry kind of like lavender, meaning they’ll last for pretty near ever. I still have mine and it’s been over a month.
Since this was a party activity, I set out my supplies ahead of time. You’ll need a Calluna plant- I picked mine up at Walmart for five or six bucks- two plans provided more than enough heathers to make 8 crowns. In place of the Calluna you could use any type of flowers you choose, but I found this worked really well- looked wild and beautiful, and was frugal to boot. Other than your chosen greens, you’ll need wire, wire cutters scissors, and floral tape. Before you get to play with the floral tape, you need to create your crown shape. cut some wire and twist it together to make a ‘crown’. Now it’s time for the fun!
Start cutting the heathers- or bunches of them, off your plant and use the floral tape to secure them on your crown. Floral tape? Yes, it’s magic. It doesn’t work like normal tape in that it’s only sticky when you stretch it, and it only sticks to itself. When you wrap your tape, pull it tight to get it to ‘activate’, then use your fingers to press it together and secure it. This stuff is amazing! I’ve always used wire to attach florals and, honestly, I don’t know if I’ll go back. Three rolls of the stuff was five bucks and I don’t know that I’ll go through it anytime soon- that’s a lot of tape! Another nice thing about the Calluna is the slight curve the heathers have- it lends perfectly to a floral crown! Face them all in the same direction and anyone can make a beautiful crown. Just pay attention to cover the tape with another heather, and continue until you fill your crown.
Okay, so that’s the crown, and the leaves garland is just as easy thanks to the floral tape! I used ruscus to make the garland because the leaves are just as vibrant on either side, and it’s a hardy cut- it will last almost a week out of water! The only downside to using ruscus for a floral garland is that it’s pretty rigid, don’t expect to have it twisting and turning around centerpieces and such. To make the garland, just tape the stems together, paying attention to tape where a leaf covers the connection. Once you have it as long as you like, go back and add extra stems to make it twice as full- this is when it starts to look impressive!
And that’s… it! Both are seriously easy but make a big impact. They feel totally luxe, but cost so little, and they come together in a snap! I’m thinking of how I can adapt the leaves garland for my holiday decor, I just love it so much! Now- over to you! Have you used floral tape before? Do you love it as much as me? And floral crowns… yay/nay? Just for parties and photos or are they cool for every day wear?
PS. If you love floral crowns and pretty photos, I should probably point you in the direction of Jennifer Hawkins’ magical little girls birthday photo session… your welcome ;)
Colleen!!! I love the floral crowns! So whimsy and precious.
Thanks so much Liz! I totally appreciate that, you have great style :)
Grace @ The Big Reveal
Oooh! I love these so much! I hope you will share it tonight at the Found & Foraged linky party! It starts at 8PM CST. Can’t wait to see you there http://www.thebigrevealblog.com!
Thanks Grace! I have it on my list to check out :)
jessica matier (@AW2SL)
I’m such a sucker for floral crowns. I love the simplicity of yours and the flowers you chose used to grow in my garden. Thanks for sharing at the Project Parade!
Thanks Jessica- ACTUALLY, I was planning to plant these guys in my garden in the spring (if I can keep them alive all winter)… did they spread like crazy?
jessica matier (@AW2SL)
I planted a bunch of seeds and only a couple came up. I didn’t really work out. lol!
Hmm, I’ll have to give it a try- they’re so pretty!
These are so pretty and so easy to make! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at On Display Thursday! We look forward to seeing you again this Wednesday night at 9 pm CST! http://www.thedomesticheart.com
Thanks so much Shelly! They were definitely easier than I expected :)
These crowns are so so beautiful! I just want to put one of these on and frolic without a care in the world :) Such a great idea!
Ahh! ‘frolic’ is the perfect activity for these guys! Thanks so much for taking time to comment Erica :)
Sarah Nenni Daher
This is just beautiful, Colleen. The whole party is amazing and you are so good at the details that pull it all together. Kind of jealous I’ll never get to attend one. ;)
Thanks so much Sarah, you’re so sweet :) If you lived closer, you’d SO be invited!
Laura Irion // Avery Street Design
Thank you for sharing this one at Found & Foraged too!! It’s beautiful. I can see Grace harassed you extensively and I’m so happy she did. Ha! :) :) New fan!!!
Haha harassed is a strong word- it didn’t take much convincing! Thanks for the sweet words Laura :)
Oh wow those are absolutely adorable! Will be making them soon :)
Thanks so much Lauren! If you do make them, I would love love to see a photo :)