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It seems like almost every bride is a bohemian bride these days (which we're all in favor of), and her pièce de résistance is a flower crown. You could spend $100+ on one from folks like Cult Gaia, or have some crafters on Etsy make one for you. Or, you could save your dollars for the honeymoon, and take pride in making one with your own two hands.
It's pretty darn easy, we promise, and it can also serve as a fun group binding project for your bridal shower or engagement party—plus you know your bridesmaids will want to walk down the aisle with flowers in their hair. The supplies are simple. The hardest part is choosing from the mountains of silk flowers available at the craft store. We recommend Michaels, which has several locations in the Bay Area. Or if you'd like to stay within city limits, try the Fabric Outlet on Mission Street, Fantastico in SOMA. Some vendors at the San Francisco Flower Mart also carry silk flowers. The Flower Mart is also a great place to buy fresh flowers if you prefer, and if you happen to have time for crafting the night before your nuptials.
· Raffia craft wire, or wrap green or natural-colored tape around two pieces of craft wire.)
· Silk (or real) flowers. Sizes and how many will depend on the style of crown you desire. Create a simple crown with uniformly-sized flowers (as in our gallery), or vary the sizes for a wilder look.
· Sharp scissors
- Make your crown base: Grab the ends of your two pieces of craft wire.
- Twist the ends around one another.
- Make sure the ends are neatly tucked in.
- Take the other ends of your wire and measure it to fit around your head. You can also use a tape measure to measure your head first, then cut the wire to that length.
- Cut the wire with a few inches to spare so you can attach it.
- Have your flowers handy!
- Find The Middle: Locate a midpoint between the coiled wire pieces.
- Center your first two flowers. That's where you'll begin to wrap.
- Wrap Your Flowers: Wrap your first two flowers in tightly, and facing one another.
- Continue wrapping, fitting the flowers snugly side-by-side. If you're using the same type of flower throughout, angle the face of the flowers slightly downward. Don't wrap the flowers all the way around—leave several inches of space in the back. That way
- And you're done! Here comes the boho bride.
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