Just before my own maternity session, after sticker shock from a local florist, I learned from my floral design instructor, Kathe, how to make a frame. The rest is honestly very easy, requiring an eye for balance, and is mostly a matter of taste. With practice, I have been able to make them more quickly each time! Here is my take on the floral crown, hope you enjoy making yours!
How to get started:
Prepare wire frame
A thin, lightweight yet strong frame for the crown is created
by loosely braiding three strands of thin gauge wire.
To prepare, estimate the diameter you'll need. I researched the average size of a newborn's head circumference, which is 13.5 inches.
Knot together the ends on the first side. Secure to countertop with tape, then loosely braid
(works best by pulling wires to the side, then down) to completion.
Shape wire braid into a circle, and twist loose ends together. Lay ends flat on outside of the crown. Clip to trim. Wrap with soft floral tape, band aid, or insulate with strip of paper towel and clear tape. It does note really matter, as long as baby is not exposed to any sharp surfaces.
Add Natural Layers
Working with greenery, insert bottom of stem through the braided frame. Place a bead of glue onto inside of frame and press stem into it, until hardened (turns more white/opaque).
To speed process, gently blow over glued area. gently bend stem to follow curvature, place bead of glue on outside of frame and gently press greenery into it, careful to not expose glue so that it is visible (by placing too much glue or squeezing too firmly with glue coming to the top).
Add another length of greenery, continue gluing process until complete coverage.
Begin to add florals, working in the same direction and angle as the greenery. If necessary, break apart clusters of blossoms and use smaller groups or single blossoms, as long as you have 1/4" of stem. Tuck stems of florals into braided wire frame, place glue in same fashion as greenery. Do not directly glue blossom, it could immediately wilt and turn brown.
Once finished affixing florals, pull 'strings' of glue and set on a dark surface to show any empty spots. When you are certain you like it, store it immediately. Use a large Ziplock bag with a damp paper towel, leave air in the bag so that there is a small amount of 'loft' which allows florals to avoid contact with top of bag. I recommend making the crown the day/evening before your shoot.
I also recommend, if working with a new type of floral that you are unfamiliar with, to try a sample strip of wire (or your intended wire frame) and a few flowers, then store overnight. If still in good shape the next day, proceed with the rest of the crown.
The Results are Heavenly
This little newborn was an absolute gem! She was so patient and sweet,
bright beautiful eyes
and the most gorgeous little fingers and hands!
We'll keep her photos private , meaning those wearing the crown are not included as they show her face, but we really wanted to show you how we incorporated the same florals in her crown,
into the flowers flanking her props.