How To Make Floral Head Wreaths

It is very easy to make floral head wreaths for your flower girl, bridesmaids, and for yourself.

This is a very simple and cost effective diy craft that can enhance and personalize your wedding.

However, flower head wreaths don't have to be for weddings only, you can make one for a first communion, dance recital and many other events.

Fresh flowers can be used for this project. But, if you are making more than one head wreath, silk flowers make it a lot easier for you to make the wreaths in advance of your special day. Plus, the head wreath can then be kept for years to come.

AVERAGE HEAD SIZE

Below is an average head size chart to use in making your wreaths:

  • Newborn to 6 months - Circumference: 14 to 17 inches

  • Infant to 12 months - Circumference: 16 to 19 inches

  • Child to 3 years - Circumference: 18 to 20 inches

  • Child older than 3 - Circumference: 20 to 22 inches

  • Adult Woman - Circumference: 21 to 23 inches

  • Adult Man - Circumference: 22 to 24 inches

MATERIALS THAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THE FLORAL HEAD WREATH

Picture of flowergirl head wreath made with white daisies and pink roses

You will need the following items to make your floral head wreath:

  • 18 or 22-gauge floral wire (comes in green or white)
  • Tape (comes in green or white)
  • Fresh, silk and/or dried flowers
  • Silk ivy or other filler
  • Ribbon or veiling
  • Glue (Fabric-Tac by Beacon Adhesives is a good glue to use for this project. You can use a glue gun but if your wedding is outside the glue can melt if it is a hot day and your flowers may start to fall off.)

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING FLORAL HEAD WREATHS

Measure the circumference of the wearer's head and add an inch.

(If the person is not available, use the chart above for the average measurements of someone's head.)

Wrap The Wire With Floral Tape

After cutting the correct length for the floral wire, use the floral tape to attach the two ends of the wire together to form a wreath shape. Before wrapping the tape around the wire, stretch the floral tape first. (This makes it stickier.)

Wrap the ends several times until you are sure you can not feel the wire ends.

Then wrap the entire wire wreath all the way around with the floral tape. Do this a couple of times. This will give more substance to the wreath for easier handling.

You can also attach three small button loops on each side of the wreath. Hairpins can then be placed through these loops to keep the flower head wreath on.

Now you can wrap coordinating ribbon around the flower wreath to cover the tape. Glue the ends to the tape.

Adding The Flowers

If you are using silk flowers, use wire cutters to clip individual clusters or stems from the heavy wired stems. Cut the flower stem at least an inch from the flower.

If you are using dried flowers or adding greenery and filler to the silk flowers, you can make small clusters, by gathering three or more stems and taping the ends together with the floral tape.

Starting at the back of the wreath, tape a flower/flower cluster to the wire form. Tape another flower/flower cluster on top of the stems of the first cluster, overlapping each other. Continue this, alternating the flower positions to give a fuller, rounder appearance to the headpiece. Continue until the entire wreath is full of flowers.

Make sure there are no gaps. If there are some gaps, you can go back and use the glue to attach more flowers to fill in the vacant spots.

Be sure to leave room at the back of the flower head wreath to attach a ribbon and/or bow.

Attaching A Ribbon, Bow Or Veil To The Floral Head Wreath

Take a length of ribbon that is twice as long as you want. Then fold the ribbon in half.

Picture of bride with white roses head wreath with white veil attached

Loop the fold over the wire, and draw the loose ends through the loop to form a knot.

It is a good idea to glue the ribbon to the wreath. This will keep the ribbon from moving around.

If you are using a veil, gather the bridal tulle along one edge and stitch to the wire.

You can also drape an oval veil over the bride's head and place the floral head wreath on top for a medieval appearance.

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Picture of flower girl with purple and white head wreath

There are many different ways to make your floral head wreath unique.

  • For a special effect you can curl the ends of the ribbon or sting beads on the ends of the ribbon.
  • You can also spray glitter on the head wreath or use glitter glue on some of the flower petals.
  • Glue boa feathers around the wreath. Then attach a veil to the back of the wreath. Glue or sew trinkets onto the veil.

    This would be a great idea for a head wreath for the bride-to-be at a bachelorette party.

Use your imagination to make a one of a kind head wreath.

MAKING CORRECTIONS TO THE SIZE OF THE FLORAL HEAD WREATH

If you make the wreath too large, before adding your ribbon, cut a piece of the floral wire out and tape over the cut several times to be sure it holds together.

If you make it too small, cut the wire and add a piece of floral wire to the wreath. Tape the added section several times to be sure it holds.

Glue any flowers or filler to the tape to hide your correction.

Best of luck with your diy floral head wreaths!





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