Crafting

Pinterest Project ~ Flower Headband

As I stated in my post a few weeks ago, I already completed one Pinterest project this summer and planned to make a flower headband as my second project. Earlier this week, I found a tutorial that I liked, bought my supplies, and started mentally preparing myself for the task. I am not a very crafty person and tend to be kind of a perfectionist, so mental preparation is a necessity whenever I attempt to make something. By the time I finally started making my headband a couple days later, I was extremely excited and optimistic. 

Unfortunately, the process of making my headband was not as easy as I expected it to be, but I was able to stay positive and ended up with a headband that makes me very happy. Because I did not find the instructions given in the tutorial I used to be exceedingly helpful, I have listed the supplies I used and the steps I actually took below.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Artificial flowers
  2. Wire cutters
  3. Floral wire
  4. Floral tape

How to Make Your Own Flower Headband:

  1. Using wire cutters, cut the flowers off of their stems leaving about a quarter of an inch of stem at the base of the flower.
  2. Cut a length of floral wire about 5 feet long.
  3. Lay out the flowers in the order in which you want them placed on your headband.
  4. Begin wrapping the floral wire around the base of your first flower. I would suggest making 4 or 5 loops, but you made need more loops if you are using bigger/heavier flowers. Don’t worry if the flower does not feel completely secure, because you will be doing something later to reinforce its attachment to the wire.
  5. Once the first flower feels relatively secure, you can move on to the next one. Make sure the stretch of wire between flowers is straight and without kinks as you go. If you wait until you are finished attaching all of your flowers to straighten the wire, the flowers will end up further apart than you might like.
  6. Continue adding flowers to the wire in this manner until you have about 12 inches worth of flowers attached. For me, this ended up being 8 flowers.
  7. Now, it’s time to reinforce the attachment of each flower to the wire. Grab the petal on the underside of the first flower that is closest to the wire section between the first and second flower, and wrap this petal around that section of wire. Repeat this process with the petal from the second flower that is closest to this same section of wire. Then, tear off 2 or 3 inches of floral tape, and wrap it around the petals you just twisted around the wire. Repeat this process using petals between each pair of flowers. I found this step to be the most tedious, but it was the best way I could think of to securely attach the flowers to the headband.
  8. Once you have finished attaching all of your flowers, you should have a couple feet of wire left. Place the headband on your head in the position you hope to wear it, and wrap the remaining length of wire around the back of your head until you have made a complete loop. Hold the wire in this shape, and remove the headband carefully from your head.
  9. With the wire held in the same position it was in while on your head, begin wrapping the remaining length of wire around the base of your first flower. 1 or 2 loops should be enough.
  10. Then, spiral the wire around the floral tape between each flower 3 or 4 times in order to hold the tape in place and give the headband more stability. This step may not absolutely necessary, but I was not sure how well the stickiness of the floral tape would hold up over time and wanted to make sure the petals remain attached to the wire as long as possible.
  11. Continue in this fashion until you have reached the last flower on your headband.
  12. Lastly, cut off any remaining wire, and try on your completed headband!

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Initially, I wanted to have two different types of flowers on my headband (as shown in the picture on the left), but I changed my mind once I started actually attaching the flowers to the wire. Ultimately, I ended up with a headband that I love (as shown in the picture on the right), and I can’t wait to wear it at Bonnaroo!

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