Growing up, when we got tired of swimming at the pool, we spent hours making daisy chains. They were so simple and sweet, but sadly they never lasted very long. Now that my daughter is majorly into all styles of dress-up, I decided to create a homemade floral garland with staying power. A quick trip to the craft store and we were ready to roll. A few things before you get started: do not attempt this without floral scissors or pliers or scissors designed to cut wire. Most of the flower stems for store-bought flowers are made with wire and regular scissors won't cut it (literally). Also, look for flowers that are bunched fairly close together so that there isn't a lot of dead space, which exposes the floral tape and wire base. Really big flowers are cute, but they can weigh the garland down and also can look comical on little faces. For a more natural garland, you can use this same technique and sub in fresh flowers. Just be gentle with the taping and spritz with water (and be prepared for sad faces when the flowers wilt). Have fun getting creative with this craft. Little ones will love choosing the flowers for their garland and deciding how to bunch and place them. Keep their little hands away from the wires and scissors though! Once you get into the rhythm of making these floral garland crowns, you will want to make them for birthday party favors, picnics, or just every day dress-up playdates. Read on for a fun floral craft, just in time for spring!
1. Gather your materials.
- Flowers (real or fake, as many as you need. I recommend buying several different varieties and plenty of them since this craft can be addictive)
- Floral tape
- Floral wire (I used 22 gauge)
- Pliers or floral scissors or very strong scissors
2. Measure head size and wrap wire.
Using the floral wire, carefully measure your child’s head. You want the garland to fit snugly but not so that it squeezes her head. Since you want the garland to be sturdy, measure out three times the length of her head with the wire and then cut. Tightly wrap the wire around itself (so you should have three “rows” of wire). Connect the ends to complete the circle. You will be covering the sharp ends with floral tape, but take care while they are exposed.
3. Place flowers, starting with the front center, and attach with floral tape.
Using the pliers or wire cutters, cut the flowers that you would like to use. I like to start placing the flowers at the farthest distance away from where I connected the circle. You can have all the flowers go in one direction or you can use that beginning point as a place for the flowers to face each other. Attach the flowers to the wire garland base with the floral tape, making sure to wrap up any exposed ends. The floral tape is slightly tacky so you can just wrap it around itself and then press to seal and stick together.
4. Continue adding flowers or bunches around the garland.
Continue adding individual flower stems around the garland. Another method for a fuller-looking garland is to make little bunches of flowers and attach them together with the floral tape. Then you can attach the bunches to the garland base with more floral tape. Whichever method you choose, try and keep the flowers close together for a more natural look.
5. Cover the rest of the exposed wire and add any additional flowers.
Wrap any exposed wire areas with the floral tape, taking special care to make sure the ends of the flowers (where you cut them off to attach to the garland) are well-wrapped and smooth. Fill in any spots with more flowers until you (or your little one) is happy!
6. Don your garlands for tea parties, garden parties, or dress-up times.
Have a blast! Encourage gentle handling with the garland and re-wrap any exposed wire as needed with floral tape.