Sunflowers and Flower Crowns: A Love Affair

IMG_0889IMG_0718Outfit Details:

Lilac high-low dress (similar here, backless style here, and off the shoulder style here), Love necklace, vintage gold etched bangle, J.Crew gold sandals

Growing up in the midwest meant attending the most gorgeous, abundant farmer’s markets all summer long with my mother as she stocked the house with seasonal produce and fresh, vibrant flowers. August was always my favorite time of year because sunflowers began populating the stands, their bright petals and contrasting centers mesmerizing and captivating my attention, and I found myself wanting to fill every corner of our home with them to bring sunshine into every room. When I traveled to France, my love was cemented upon discovering the expansive fields of sunflowers growing in endless abundance during late summer in the countryside. I love that sunflowers are beloved and enjoyed by people all over the world.

Fast forward to the present day and as you can imagine, as soon as August rolls around, I proceed to fill my home with these classically beautiful blooms that bring so much joy and vitality to every space. My favorite way to display them is in an oversize mason jar vase, bringing the fresh from the farm feel straight to my city home.IMG_0694IMG_0712 IMG_0876As many of you know, I have a love for flower crowns bordering on an obsession so it only seemed natural to try to craft a flower crown from these joyful, sun drenched beauties. It turns out sunflowers are an excellent choice for flower crowns because the thick stems wrap all the way around the crown base creating a sturdy foundation and, because the blooms naturally turn toward the sun, they have a perfect bend right at the base of the flower to allow the bloom to lay flush against your head. So go ahead and have your own love affair with sunflowers in your own DIY flower crown using my tutorial below!

Jewelry wire cutters
Wired twine
Floral wire
Greens if you want to add some filler

{Step 1}

Extend the wired twine around your head where you would like the crown to sit. Leave about an inch of extra space since the stems will be wrapped around the twine adding to the circumference. Cut the twine with the jewelry wire cutters and twist the ends together.IMG_0743IMG_0746{Step 2}

Place the head of the flower where you would like it to be located on the crown, then wrap the stem around the twine and cut the stem in a place where it is secured but won’t be sticking out from the crown. Continue to do so with as many sunflowers as you would like to use. I prefer to use odd numbers but you can do whatever you desire!IMG_0752{Step 3}

Use the floral wire to secure the sunflower to the crown. This is also a good way to ensure the flower is positioned as close to the base of the crown as possible using the floral wire. If you desire some additional greens or want to cover the stem, you can use the floral wire to secure these, too.IMG_0770{Step 4}

Position the crown on your head and proceed to frolic about! IMG_0836 IMG_0838 IMG_0856IMG_0846IMG_0818

Enjoy your gorgeous sunflower crown, and please let me know if you have any questions!


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