Flower crown & comb DIY tutorial (bridal shower activity)

bridesmaids flower crowns
On me: Asos petites dress (more sizs re-stocked) from this post
On my beautiful bridesmaids: from left to right, dresses are H&M, Zara, Lulu's, and ASOS

I got a number of messages last month on both these flower crowns from my bridal shower as well as the floral comb hairpiece in this post - not only are they a fun DIY for all ages, but also make pretty photos for memories. For my actual wedding day, I had my talented florist (Boston Pollen) make all the hairpieces so we wouldn't stress about them the morning of, plus our arrangement skills really can't compare. For the shower though, I loved seeing friends and grandmothers alike crafting and laughing over (some were notably more talented than others ; ) their creations. Read on for the simple materials & steps...
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You will need:
- fresh flowers, in an assortment of A) medium-sized "centerpiece" flowers like small roses, ranunculus, etc. B) smaller filler flowers, and C) small-leaved greenery. Grocery stores can provide very cost-effective options - most of ours were from Trader Joe's at their bargain prices for fresh flowers!
- covered wire (to mimic the look of twine) and floral tape. I got both of these at JoAnns, but should be available at most large craft stores or Amazon.
- scissors and wire cuttersDIY flower crown floral comb tutorial bridal
Step 1: Measure and cut pieces of covered wire based on head size, adding about 4 inches for overlap. Twist the two ends of the wire together to secure a circle.

Step 2: Cut flower stems to about just 1" long. Next, plan out your arrangement with a mix of medium flowers, small flowers, and greenery. You can then layer the pieces on and secure with floral tape one by one as shown above. That's it!

Or, as a shortcut, you can arrange the flowers in a criss-crossed manner and then secure them all in one bunch to the wire using floral tape, as shown below.

Please note: floral tape is not like regular tape and doesn't have a sticky residue. It adheres to itself, which is why you need to layer it on by wrapping it a few times around whatever you're trying to tape together.
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DIY flower crown tutorialWe also made a few fresh floral combs for fun - these are much more subtle than a crown, and make for pretty hairpieces in a variety of hairstyles. I wore mine off to the side with both a full updo as well as my hair down, and each of my bridesmaids had different hairstyles incorporating floral combs.

Simply get blank plastic or wire combs from the craft store, and secure flowers on by looping the floral tape in and out of the comb's teeth.
DIY flower crown floral comb tutorial bridal2 Please note, fresh floral hairpieces usually will not last more than a day, especially if hot sun is involved, so they can't be made too far in advance. Hope those of you who requested this tutorial give it a try and have fun!

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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  2. Amazing! You clearly put a lot of thought and detail into your wedding and engagement party; your guests are super lucky!

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  3. Wow!! I love this idea!! You are beautiful!!
    Love,
    Kisses and hugs from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  4. So creative and what a great idea. For graduation, I had N buy me a flower crown, but had I known these handy tips, I might have saved him some $$$. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is gorgeous! It's a great idea for bridal shower activity. What activities did you have for the guys since you had the shower for both you and Nick?

    amadea | heyamadea.com

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  6. Love it how adorable you all look with your flower crowns and the dresses are also ravishingly beautiful!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  7. Amazing tutorial. The floral crowns look super cute!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  8. You look lovely❤️

    Xoxo
    http://theclosetelf.com

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  9. You girls look beautiful! Thank you for sharing<3

    Shall We Sasa

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  10. This is such a cute idea!!! I'm starting to collect amazing ideas for when I get married and I love how simple yet so classy and beautiful this looks <3 <3 <3 thanks so so so so much for sharing!!

    Xo
    Pauline

    www.prettypetite.org


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  11. Great tutorial! I love the flower crown look--it's very romantic. I'd love to see some pics of the floral combs. I've always liked the idea of fancy combs but I've never known how to wear them.

    Lifestyle by Joules

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  12. This is so pretty! Love the idea of a floral hair comb! Thanks so much for sharing, Jean!

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

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  13. WOW BEAUTIFUL
    xoxo Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.blogspot.com/

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  14. Love the idea of doing a partial crown with twine! I did a full floral crown for my flower girl using the same method as you did here. We used thick floral wire inside for support.

    http://www.theminuteglass.com/pi-day-a-wedding-in-details/

    My (now) husband has a fridge in our garage that he uses for beer, but we used it for boutonnieres and the floral crown the night before the wedding so that we were able to put everything together the day before. If someone really wants to do these for the wedding it may be an option for them to make it and put it in a Tupperware container in the fridge with some damp paper towel.

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  15. great crown! so creative idea, I found many beautiful bridal wedding dress at http://www.bridalfeel.com

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  16. I've never tried to make a flower crown before, but they look so fun. Maybe I'll make some for my sister's bridal shower. She would love that since she is so into flowers. She would love to have one made of roses since they are her favorite flower. This should be a fun experiment. http://aladdinsflorist.com/aboutus.asp?topnav=TopNav

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