Thursday, January 8, 2009

Floral Hair Piece

I forgot to post about my pink floral head piece!
I remembered it only because I suggested to my partner that we make a floral hair piece or a floral birdcage veil for our model for the fashion show at the De Young. More on that later:)
I made a little DIY tutorial on how to make a wedding or event fresh flower hair piece.
Ready? k.
  • Trust me you need this adhesive. It's water proof, holds everything together and I use it every opportunity I get to glue flowers together. You can buy it on line or at craft store for like $6.

  • Two chenille stems or pipe cleaners.
  • Floral Tape
  • Bobby Pins
  • You will need leaves that you want to use: ivy leaves grow everywhere*read: free*, that's what I used.
  • Blossoms of any kind, in my case I used hydrangea florets.
  • Lastly any beads, pearls, buttons, feathers, or jewelry that you would like to incorporate.
I'll start with the first column:

1. You have to fashion a head band from the two chenille stems. You basically twist the two ends together and stretch out a loop the size of a dime and then twist it and create another section. You make a other opening the same size and twist again. Like figure 8's.You should be able to make about 8 loops total. The green floral tape you see is where you tape on another little loop to both sides so that you can attach the bobby pins to that instead of to the long strip itself.
2.Cut out your leaves, florets or blossoms, and find a jar so you can place your headband at an angle so you're not gluing onto it flat{if you do, once you go to bend it to place on your head it will distort}, and then make sure your IPOD is on. :)
3. Start with one leaf in the center and layer each one, leaf by leaf, overlapping each other. All you need is a small drop of the adhesive. It's tacky so dab a little glue onthe back of the leaf, hold it for like 5 seconds, then position it and down hold it for like 5 more seconds.
4. Layer them in one direction and then down the other and what you are creating is a shelf to glue your flowers onto.
5. Pick the side you would like to place your cluster of flowers on. Either centered or off to one side like mine.
6. Apologize to the reader because I failed to stop and take a picture and just plowed away without stopping in between the greens and the florets and jewelry. oops. sorry!
7. But you do the same thing you did with the leaves, layer the blossoms and create a design you are happy with and lastly add the jewelry or buttons or whatever touches you like. The glue works wonders with these items as well. In my case I added pearls and beads.

Here's is my finished band. I couldn't get my camera to focus right so you will have to forgive me and my lack of camera skills. :(

Ya like?
So if my instructions are not clear, or you want more info by all means leave me a comment!
P.S. You can make one with ribbon on a regular $1 plastic headband like this one here.
This one was ribbon wrapped first, then the floral beads were added on.

Perfect for a cute little flower girl!


LotusHaus said...

Gorgeous! I love your new banner too! I'm too lazy to change mine =) LOL!

Bree said...

Haha:) Thanks!I was really lazy and then Ellie had such great little designs in her shop that I treated myself for the New Year!

Wildwood Floral said...

Love it! How long do the hydrangea florets typically hold up?