I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing flower crowns popping up all over the internet, and I’m secretly in love. They’re whimsical, feminine, sweet, and remind me of playing dress up… which I’m always looking for an excuse to do, especially as an adult, when those opportunities rarely present themselves.
I’ve seen flower crowns on celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Keira Knightley, and even Kate Middleton (although I do believe hers was more of a honeymooning thing than a conscious hair accessory, but a let’s pretend that if it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, it’s good enough for us!).
While I personally wouldn’t don a flower crown as part of my everyday wear, I love playful accessories and, as the crowns increase in popularity, so, too, does the price of purchasing one. Womp womp.
I don’t know about you all, but I’m cheap, so when I came across this pin, I knew I wanted to make a variation of it… only cheaper.
Dollar store cheap.
I love the dollar store and I knew I’d be able to find most of the stuff to make a flower crown there. I already had a hot glue gun (which runs about $6) and some extra glue sticks ($1) so I just needed a “crown” and some flowers. I found those things at the dollar store, in its craft aisle, and set out to work.
How to make an easy flower crown
What you’ll need:
- Hot glue gun
- Extra hot glue gun sticks
- A “crown” and/or some circular item that will fit around your head
- Flowers — your choice of color/size/quantity
How to make it:
1. Set up your items on top of a surface that you don’t care gets dirty and/or is easy to clean. I suggest slipping a piece of paper under your hot glue gun to catch any possible drippings.
2. Plug in your hot glue gun and let it heat up.
3. While the glue gun is warming, start cutting apart your flowers. I had a set of large, white, Daisy-like flowers, and smaller, orange flowers to work with.
4. Once your glue gun has had time to get hot (usually no more than one minute), start gluing! Keep in mind your flower crown will be visible around your entire head, so try to distribute the flowers evenly. I found it easiest to glue flowers to the crown one at a time, two at most, but it’s up to you.
6. As you’re gluing, be mindful of the tiny strings that will be left behind by your hot glue. You’ll want to collect these up and pull them off of your crown before you put it on your head — but this can easily be done once you’re finished.
7. Let all glue cool (again, should not take much time at all, as the glue will cool as you go), pick off the last of the glue strings, rearrange flowers as necessary and… you’re done! For real, it’s that easy.
It was pretty convenient that my dollar store just so happened to have a pre-made “crown” — but here are a couple of other options.
- Pipe cleaners: you can easily use some pipe cleaners to weave together a circle, one perfectly fitted to your head, too.
- Wire: At the dollar store where I go, they call it “floral wire” and they store it near the fake flowers. I imagine it’s so you can make stuff like this, and it’s probably perfect. Again, it allows you to make the type of crown you’d prefer. While one that rests on your head (like the one I made, below) is fine, some would rather have it loose. This gives that options.
- Flowers: I used white and orange flowers because they were among the smallest there. But there are plenty to choose from.
The finished product
This was absolutely worth the whopping $3 and 20 minutes it took me to make. Will I wear it every day? No. Is it perfect? No. But it’s fun, quirky, and I made it myself. Oh: AND IT COST $3. I deem this pin a success.
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