If you follow my instagram account, you’ll know I have a soft-spot for plants, greenery and any kind of floral faffery. Here in North Wales, many people have beautiful rambling gardens and I will never tire of the endless textures in nature; my camera roll is heaving with images of the changing seasons.
Making time to play with flowers can feel like such a luxury, so I enjoyed every minute of the flower crown workshop hosted by my talented friend Rebecca from Ivy, Pip & Rose, at Mafon in llanberis (pictured above). Now I know how to make a flower crown, I plan to spend much of 2019 channelling my inner Frida Khalo. Look out Criccieth!
Rebecca had given us some inspirational pictures to spark our imaginations; floral crowns can be really tiny and delicate, made using a headband, but I knew I wanted to go a little bigger. Foraging for greenery is always fun and Rebecca had collected together ivy, miniature pine cones, ferns and other interesting shrubs to add bulk and texture to the crowns. Using ferns and ivy, I loved the idea of making a really loose and wild arrangement and I knew that Becky could rescue my effort if I got too carried away.
Rebecca had also written an easy-to-follow guide to making the crown. we learned lots of tricks, including Clustering flowers and foliage into little posies, then attaching them to your crown with wire and green florist tape - it’s a really easy way to form the shape of the crown.
I went a bit mad with huge velvety anemones and blowsy roses and tucked in little orange feathers, scabiosa pods and small ranunculus. Each one of us in the workshop went in a different direction and it was so much fun to see how we’d each used the blooms differently.
If you are thinking of making a flower crown, read The Best Flower Crowns of All Time in Vogue for some historical context, and if you would like to know more about upcoming floral workshops, follow Rebecca on Instagram at Ivy, Pip & Rose. Read our guide to making an Autumn Wreath for more floral inspiration. Let me know in the comments if you have been to a good workshop lately!