How to Make a Flower Crown in 5 Easy Steps

Whether you’re having a boho wedding or just want to incorporate more color, texture, and elements from nature into your wedding accessories, flower crowns are a great choice. Learn how to make a flower crown in five easy steps.

By Emily Forrest

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Photo by Zola

The First Look ✨

  • Start your flower crown by gathering fresh flowers, greenery, floral tape, wire, a pair of scissors, and a mirror.
  • Construct the frame of your crown by wrapping it around your head, then cut the stems of your flowers leaving 2-3 inches to attach to the wire frame.
  • Add your greenery and flowers to your crown using floral tape, finding the right balance between statement flowers like Peonies and Poppies and filler flowers like Poms and Stock.

Flower crowns have been adorning the heads of stylish brides, bridesmaids, and flower girls for years. Whether you’re having a boho wedding or just want to incorporate more color, texture, and elements from nature into your wedding accessories, flower crowns are a great choice for elevating your wedding day hairstyle. Even better, flower crowns are pretty simple to make yourself (and won't make a huge dent in your floral budget!)—if you have the proper supplies, some time to practice, and a bit of artistic skill up your sleeve.

The five steps below for how to make a flower crown are simple enough for anyone to pull off. Check out our guide below for a list of required supplies, some helpful tips, and a step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect flower crown.

Supplies to Make a Flower Crown

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  • Fresh flowers: Choose fresh flowers with big blooms that will stand out in your flower crown to add texture and pops of color.
  • Dried flowers: If you want your flower crown to have a more rustic look, you may also want to consider adding dried or preserved flowers.
  • Greenery: Select a variety of greenery to choose from. The greenery will act as the base of your flower crown so make sure it is sturdy enough to provide structure.
  • Floral tape: This will be used to attach your flowers and greenery to the base of your crown. Use green floral tape so that it blends into your design.
  • Wire: Also known as grapevine wire, vine wire or pliable twine, you’ll use this as your crown base.
  • Scissors: Floral scissors will be used to cut the floral tape, wire, and flowers.
  • Mirror: Being able to see the wire crown on your head as you work will help guide your overall design and the specific placement of your flowers.

Step-By-Step Guide for How to Make a Flower Crown

Now that you have the supplies, it’s time to learn the basics of creating a gorgeous flower crown. Remember to think of a theme when choosing your flowers and greenery. Will you be using wedding flowers with big blooms and loud colors? Or will you stick to a more subdued look by decorating with smaller flowers, or go all-natural with nothing but greenery?

No matter what design you choose, below are the five basic steps you need to create the perfect wedding accessory.

Step 1: Construct The Frame of Your Crown

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With a piece of craft wire, wrap the circumference of your head where you want the crown to sit. Make sure that it is not too tight. Cut off any excess wire, and form the rest into a circular shape. Use your floral tape to tape the circle shut. You’ll want to wrap the tape around the wire several times to make sure that it stays.

Step 2: Cut The Stems of Your Flowers

  • Hold your flowers in one hand and cut the stems. Make sure all your flowers are about the same length.
  • We recommend cutting your flowers into 2- to 3-inch-long pieces so that they’re easier to attach to the crown.
  • Trim off any green leaves on the stems of your flowers. This will create a neater-looking crown in the end.

Step 3: Add Greenery to Your Crown

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  • Start with greenery as the base of your crown. (If you are not including any greenery in your crown, feel free to skip this step.)
  • Wrap a length of greenery around the wire and use floral tape to secure it into place.
  • Wrap the tape around the greenery several times, and at several different points, to ensure that it stays attached.

Step 4: Add Your Flowers

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  • Once you have the greenery secured to the base of your crown, it’s time to add your statement flowers.
  • Bundle a few flowers together beforehand, creating a small bunch that’s easier to attach.
  • Using your floral tape, wrap the tape around the stems of your flower bunches.
  • Use your mirror to play around with the placement of your flower bunches on your crown to see what looks best.
    • Pro tip: Create a focal point for where you want to draw the eye by using mini bunches of flowers.
  • When you’ve determined where you’d like your flowers to sit, attach the bunches to the base of your crown by wrapping them both with floral tape several times.

Step 5: Fill in The Rest of Your Crown

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  • Wherever you see fit, add flowers to as much of the crown as you would like.
  • Repeat the process by attaching small flowers or extra bits of greenery with floral tape throughout your crown, being cognizant of where your focal point is.

Once you have finished creating your own flower crown, it’s time to show it off. The best part about flower crowns is that they are a perfect floral accessory for any season. Pro tip: To save your crown for later, store it in a fridge to keep it fresh.

Types of Flowers to Use in Flower Crowns

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The look of your crown will depend on the types of flowers that you use. Here are some tips for how to choose the right kinds of flowers for a crown that not only looks great, but lasts through your entire event.

  • Bright statement flowers should be used for those who love the spotlight and want some floral drama.

  • Crowns made of mainly filler flowers and greenery achieve a more delicate and subtle look.

  • Be sure to pick flowers that both represent your style and are sturdy enough for a floral crown.

  • Select flowers with long, dense stems. Short, flimsy flowers could fall apart while you move around.

Below are our recommendations for the best statement flowers, filler flowers, and types of greenery to use in your flower crown.

Statement Flowers

  1. Peony
  2. Spray Rose
  3. Daisy
  4. Carnation
  5. Anemone
  6. Chrysanthemum
  7. Poppy
  8. Ranunculus

Filler Flowers

  • Fever’s Few
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Poms
  • Solidaster
  • Statice
  • Stock
  • Delphinium
  • Gypsophila
  • Alstroemeria
  • Waxflower

Types of Greenery

  • Myrtle
  • Ivy
  • Leatherleaf Fern
  • Ruscus
  • Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
  • Seeded Eucalyptus
  • Honey Bracelet
  • Lemon Leaf
  • Bay Leaf
  • Olive
  • Rosemary
  • Grevillea

Flower Crown Inspiration

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Need some ideas for your flower crown? Here are a few floral combinations to get your creative juices flowing:

  • White roses and ranunculus. If you're looking for a classic, romantic flower crown, try pairing white roses and white ranunculus. Finish out the crown with your favorite greenery to add contrast.
  • Seeded eucalyptus and spray roses. For a more understated crown, make greenery the star of the show; go with seeded eucalyptus for the base of your crown, then add in a few spray roses to add color and texture.
  • Dahlias, gerbera daisies, and peonies. For a bold look, pair dahlias, gerbera daisies, and peonies in a variety of shades that compliment your wedding palette. (Or, opt for all white for a more classic—but still bold!—look.)

When To Make Flower Crowns

If you want to accessorize with flower crowns for your actual wedding, make the crowns the day before and keep them in a cool, dry place (and mist them with water periodically to keep them looking fresh) until it’s ceremony time.

But don’t limit your flower crown-wearing to just your wedding day. Making DIY flower crowns is a fun activity that can be incorporated at many stages of your journey to the aisle. Set up a DIY flower crown station at your bachelorette party or bridal shower, or craft them with your bridesmaids at the bridal luncheon to wear to the rehearsal. Having friends join in on the fun makes for an unforgettable activity—not to mention, your whole squad will look fabulous with matching flower crowns.

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