Friday, May 11, 2012

D I Y: Crown of Flowers

For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. 
-Luke 1:48

It's Our Lady's month, and what better way to honor her than with something special for your dedication to her during your wedding Mass?  This flower crown is a pretty alternative to a bouquet.

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Inspiration courtesy of Militia Immaculata, my college prayer group
 To make one, you'll need: about 3 feet of thick floral wire (mine was wrapped in paper that made it look kind of like a vine), 6 feet of thin floral wire, 4 or 5 stems of silk flowers with multiple blossoms, scissors, wire cutters, and pliers.

Start by bending the thick wire into a circle with the ends hanging off, like this:

Bend the ends like you're tying the circle into a knot, but instead of pulling the ends tight, twist them all around the edge of the circle to thicken it up.  This forms the base of the crown and gives the flowers something to hold onto.

Now you can start adding all those gorgeous flowers.  Cut the blossoms off the stems, leaving only a one or two inch tail on each one.  To attach the flowers to the base, cut a four to five inch piece of the thin floral wire.  Pick up a sprig, hold the stem parallel to the edge of the circle, and begin wrapping the wire around it, anchoring the stem to the base.

Continue wrapping wire around the flower stems, attaching them to the circle.  Use the pliers to tuck the ends of the wire in and to make sure the flowers are attached nice and tightly.  The blooms look best, I found, when they all face in the same direction.  As you attach them, fluff the petals out a little to hide the wire and fill in any gaps. 

Total gift.  Since this crown doesn't use real blooms, I humbly recommend saving it for your sisters' and future daughters' weddings!

How are you going to honor Our Lady this month and on your wedding day?

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