Today we’re welcoming Lisa Tilse, Greenwood’s craft expert, to the blog. Lisa is sharing her tips on how to make beautiful flower crowns. Over to Lisa…
I recently had the pleasure of spending a morning making flower crowns with Greenwood children and their families. This is such a fun activity, and one that’s great for developing fine motor skills. It’s also easy to make this enjoyable craft into a learning experience by talking about colours, shapes and counting as you’re making.
To make flower crowns you’ll need:
– Wire and wire cutters to make a circlet base to work on.
– Florists tape.
– Foliage with stems about 20-30cm long.
– Ribbon (optional).
Use small to medium flowers – if they are too big they will look out of proportion on small heads and the crown will be too heavy and won’t sit comfortably.
The crowns can easily be made from flowers and foliage foraged from your garden, and the activity can be spread out over a morning without compromising the attention span of little ones. Start by walking through the garden, choosing then picking flowers and foliage stems. Follow this with a little break and a snack, then you can get to making the crowns. It’s a nice way to connect with nature and lengthen the activity while still maintaining your child’s interest.
If you’re lucky enough to be given a bunch of flowers just pull out a few to add colour to foliage you’ve gathered. Or you might like to buy some blooms to incorporate in the crowns. Making flower crowns is a lovely party activity, and you can involve the birthday child in choosing which flowers to buy.
Make sure all the different types of flowers and foliage are separated into piles. That way it will be easier to see what you have. This is a good opportunity to talk about colours, shapes and sizes, and to count your floral bounty.
OK, let me tell you how to make lovely flower crowns at home.
Start by measuring the wire around your child’s head. Make sure the ends overlap by about 5cm. Then secure both ends together to make a circle. Make sure the ends are completely covered with tape so there are no sharp edges.
The first step is to make a foliage base. Taking one foliage stem at a time wrap the length of the stem around and around the circlet. You may need to secure one end with tape, but if the stem is at least 20cm long it should hold in place by itself. Wrap stems around until the circlet is completely covered with leaves.
Now add flowers to the crown. You can space small flowers all the way around the circlet or group them together at the front. Use similar sized blooms if placing them around the entire crown, and use a variety of sizes if you’re grouping them together. Flower stems are generally easy to break, so cut them to about 6cm in length and poke them into the foliage, securing them in place with tape.
Remember not to use too many flowers, especially if you’re making a cluster at the front, or the crown will be too heavy and unbalanced and it won’t stay on.
In giving all these guidelines on size and placement of the flowers I’m conscious when looking at the photos that the children disregarded all my guidance on choosing flowers! They went ahead and used what they wanted to… which is great! I love that they know what they like and used their own creativity to make their flower crowns.
If you’d like to add ribbon you can cut a long length and wrap it around and around the circlet, tying it at the back and leaving long ends to hang loose. Or cut long pieces of ribbon in different colours and tie them in a group at the back or side of the crown, so they hang down.
These are some examples of crowns that were made when I visited with the Greenwood children and their families. It was a popular activity with the Greenwood educators too!
This is such a lovely and fun activity to share with your child, with a beautiful and satisfying end result.
I hope you enjoy making flower crowns.
I’d love to see what you make! Please share your photos with us by tagging
@greenwoodearlyeducation on Instagram, and
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Lisa Tilse is a crafter and designer who loves to inspire others to live a creative life.
You can find her on her blog We Are Scout.
Styling and photography by Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout.