[infobox subtitle="DIY Midsummer Flower Crown" bg="green" color="white" opacity="on" space="30" link="no link"]Flower Girls[/infobox] Going to a music festival? Flower crown. Going to a bridal shower? Flower crown. Bohemian-inspired wedding? Flower crown. We've seen the popular hair accessory appear in everything from festival style guides to clothing stores in recent years. And while Lana Del Rey's trademark, petal-adorned style may have propelled flower crowns into the mainstream back in 2012, the accessory actually dates back thousands of years.
If you've been dying to rock a flower crown yourself (and haven't already), your time has come with the Swedish Midsummer Festival taking place on June 19th in Manhattan's Battery Park. Sponsored by Consulate General of Sweden, the Festival, which originated in Sweden as a way to celebrate the summer solstice, will feature outdoor activities such as decorating and dancing around a midsummer pole, listening to traditional fiddle music by the American Swedish Institute, playing traditional Swedish games, and of course, making your own flower crown. Whether you're heading down to Battery Park on Friday or throwing a bash of your own, we've come up with a few tips and tricks on how to create your own Midsummer flower crown.
What You'll Need: Two to three different types of fresh flowers, trimmed to 3-inch stems Floral cloth wire Floral tape Greenery, one to two different types trimmed to 3-inch stems Garden scissors
1. Measure the floral wire to your head in order to determine the length of your crown. Bending the wire into a circular shape, use the floral tape to bind the overlapping sections, using your garden scissors to cut off any excess wire.
2. Cover the base of the crown with your choice of greenery, usually aster flower or baby's breath. Wrap the stems around the wire and secure them with floral tape.
3. Using your flowers, create several flower clusters along the base of the crown, making sure to secure the stems into place using the floral tape. Use as many different types of flowers as you want—the more the merrier! To make sure the flowers don't budge, be sure to wrap the tape around the stems several times. Continue layering flowers until the wire base is completely filled.
There you have it, your very own Midsummer flower crown! Will you be rocking a floral headpiece this summer? Let us know in the comments!
Featured image: Gallery Hip // Text by: Summer Lin