Making an awesome flower crown needs to be one of the must-know skills. They have graced the heads of artist Frida Kahlo and model Karlie Kloss, singer Lorde and many more.
Did you know that flower crowns are the preferred dress code at this year’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers?
Instructions to create a flower crown
- green covered floral wire (available from Spotlight, Lincraft or your local florist)
- Floral tape
- Vines, leaves or other greenery
- Fresh (and/or plastic) flowers
Here are the instructions to create a flower crown, and potentially release your inner boho:
Step 1: First take your floral wire and wrap it around your head to establish the size for your crown, leaving about half an inch of wiggle room because you’re going to pack it with a bunch of greenery. Secure with floral tape.
Step 2: Cut a number of small two-inch pieces of florist wire and set aside to use when attaching large floral pieces to your crown base.
Step 3: Once you’ve measured your head and secured your wire base, use some greenery (vines are recommended) to wrap around the entire base of the wire ensuring to cover up all wire – weave around and secure by twisting the wire together and secure with floral tape. Remember, strong foundations make for a lasting Flower Crown!
Step 4: Pick your florals. Choose a mix of large and small flowers, and make sure to pick some un-flowered greenery too (if you have flowers with individual leaves on the stems near the bloom, you’ll need to trim those leaves off to access the stem and secure to the crown base). Go on, get creative – colour block, mash it up, go for curated or crazy.
Step 5: Attach your small floral pieces to your flower crown base using floral tape – baby’s breath is perfect for this and is easy to source. Map out the look and feel of your crown, allowing space for your floral pieces.
Step 6: Now for those statement floral pieces (spray roses and chrysanthemums are perfect mid-sized flower fillers) – ensure when you’re cutting your floral that you do not cut the entire stem off, as you need as much stem as possible to build off when it comes to the statement floral pieces. Weave a small piece of wire (cut earlier) around the base and down the stem of the flower and attach to the crown (secure as needed with floral tape – this also ensures there are no stray wires that may prod your head!). Repeat until all of your floral pieces are attached, ensuring that the flowers face outwards.
Handy tip: Overlap the flowers and greenery just enough to hide the wire crown base, and any thick piece of floral tape.
Step 7: Take a step back, admire your creation and take a snap – don’t forget to share on Instagram @toowoombacarnivalflowers and tag with #TCOF. You’re ready to rock your flower crown at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers www.tcof.com.au It’ll be a blooming marvellous event!
Handy tip – how to make your flower crown last as long as possible? Trim about an inch off the bottom of each flower then put them in a vase of water for at least an hour, adding flower food (if they came with it). That way, the blooms are well hydrated before you begin building your crown.
About the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Over 10 glorious days from September 20 to 29, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers shines. Over 1,100 hectares of public parks and private gardens will be on display this year awash with over 180,000 bulbs and seedlings in full bloom. The program features a record 77 events (up from 66 last year), including award-winning parks and private gardens, internationally acclaimed music acts (ahem, Sloan Peterson, Middle Kids, John Farnham!) and some of the best food and wine experiences in the state! Plus, the Grand Central Floral Parade that stops the city!
Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event. The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use its “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the hardships of war. On 21st October 1950 the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, it was a resounding success. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the current title holder of Gold Award for Major Festival and Event at the annual Australian Tourism Awards. Last year attendances across the 10-day event skyrocketed, with overall figures up by 29 per cent with 255,639 attendees recorded.
Held from 20 to 29 September 2019
Program detail at www.tcof.com.au