D.I.Y. How to make a fresh flower wreath.

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This summer we have a very special wedding, so the other day I tried to make a wreath for my girls to see if I was going to be able to do them myself for the weeding. It turned out to be much easier than I thought so I show step by step.

marrojo19_flowerwreath1I did no research to make my crowns, just started making them, so surely you’ll find more orthodox tutorials, but the way I made them seemed pretty simple to me, and I liked the result!

It took me about half an hour with the first wreath and quite less with the second.

I used Baby BreathGypsophila paniculata – and the flowers remained fresh and pretty for more than three days, so you could make them day before you need them without problem.  Just remember to keep the wreaths in the fridge. I don’t know how long would other flowers keep fresh, if you try, tell me please!

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NEED :

– Flowers. Baby Breath is easy to handle, weighs little and smells terrific. With a small sprig you’ll have enough for two crowns. One of the wreaths I did just with Baby Breath, and for the other I alternate with sprigs of olive tree.

– Green floral wire, it is the thin one used in florists.

– Green florist tape.

– Wire cutters.

I bought everything except the wire cutters, in the florist around the corner, so you shouldn’t have any problem in finding all these things in a florist or in a craft shop.

You will see in the pictures that I did the wreaths using the wire straight, and mounting the circumference once  the flowers were tied. But after making them, I came to the conclusion that it would have been better to do, first the circumference and then tying the flowers, and so I explain in step by step, although the photos show a slightly different process.

 

marrojo19_flowerwreath3STEPS :

1. Measure the circumference of the head of the person who is going to wear the wreath.

2. Cut the wire so that the length is the measure of the head over a few extra 12cm (for closure)
The wire I found were several sticks, so I had to splice two, but it was easy because this soft wire is really easy to handle.

3. Shape the crown (best to do it on the head of the child, if you have it handy. I made them when they were asleep, so I could not do it, one was good and the other a little bit too tight) Use pliers to close and tie the two ends of the wire together.

4. Cut a piece of green tape and roll around the closure tightly, so that there are no pointy edges sticking out.

5. Prepare the flowers by cutting little bunches, leaving a stem about 5cm long.

6. Grab one of the bunches and tie it to the wire using a piece of tape of about 5cm long. You should roll the tape firmly from the base of the flowers and around the whole stem, making sure to pull well from the tape so that is sticks better.

7. Repeat with the next little bunch, placing the flower end over the stem you’ve already tied.

8. Repeat with the rest of the flowers, making sure you place them all in the same direction. Go adjusting the distance between the sprigs depending on how thick you want the crown. I started putting them together more and then I realized that I liked lighter, so I spaced a little more.

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marrojo19_flowerwreath6That’s it. I would love it if you showed me the wreaths you make!

P.S. Isn’t my dog just the cutest! I love his funny face and how he manages to show up in all of my photos!

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