I recently announced that I'm working on a cosplay group of Hannah Alexander's art nouveau Disney princess designs for Denver Comic Con 2016! I've been so excited about this project that I just couldn't wait to get started, even though there are a half dozen costumes I have planned for before then. So, this past weekend I put together the flower crown for Snow White! I wanted to make sure it was extra secure, since nothing will ruin a convention experience like having to deal with a costume that's falling apart. It turned out really well, so I thought I'd share my method!
DIY Faux Flower Crown
Time: ~2 hrs (I spent more like 5, but I was watching TV and goofing around and checking tumblr, so...) Difficulty: Easy Cost: ~$15 (I had a lot of the materials already. Buying new flowers would also up the cost.) Materials:
- Bailing wire (or another thick wire)
- Jewelry wire (or another thin wire)
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun & hot glue
- Faux flowers (I bought some $0.99 bouquets from the thrift store!)
- Any other embellishments (pearls, jewels, etc.)
Step 1: Base
The first step is shaping your wire base. Use a measuring tape (or a string and a ruler) to measure the distance around your head where you want the flower crown to sit. If you'll be wearing this with a wig, you'll want to measure over your wig (or just add an inch or so to your measurement, if you're lazy and/or want to live on the edge.)
Cut bailing wire to that length and loop it around itself to form a secure ring. Try it on your head again — seriously, you don't want to go through this whole process and end up with a crown that is too big or too tight.
Step 2: Planning
Next, figure out which flowers you want to put where. Cut those suckers off their stems (leaving a little nub at the base of the flower — you'll need this later to secure your flowers) and lay them out in a circle around the wire. I learned that you will need more flowers than it looks like you need, if you don't want there to be gaps between flowers, so err on the side of cutting too many flowers, rather than too few.
Step 3: Prepping flowers
I wanted to make sure my flowers were secure as heck, so I wasn't just gonna glue them straight onto the wire — that sounded like a recipe for disaster. I settled on cutting a 2-3" length of jewelry wire for each flower, and using my needle nose pliers to wrap one end of the wire around the "nub" at the base of the flower. Then I totally encased that coil of wire in hot glue.
Step 4: Attaching flowers
Now it's time to start attaching your flowers to your base wire! For this, I positioned the flower and then wrapped the jewelry wire snugly around the base wire. When I was happy with the positioning, I coated the entire wire wrap in hot glue (I told you I wanted it to be secure...).
My method was to secure all of the "main" flowers (the biggest ones) first, spaced out neatly. From there, I started filling in the gaps with smaller flowers. Just keep going until you are satisfied with how your crown looks! Make sure to flip it right-side up and check it out objectively every few flowers to make sure you like the direction it's going. (If you try it on your head, make sure the hot glue is dry!)
Step 5: Finishing touches
Now it's just time to add on all your other finishing touches! For me, this meant a few strategically placed leaves, some fake baby's breath, and my strings of pearls. All of these I just hot-glued into place (my desire for crown security was lapsing in favor of my desire to be done making this dang crown at this point).
Then put it on your head! YOU DID IT. You are now a beautiful flower princess (or prince).
Questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments!