Here is my latest little DIY project that was perfect for the cold, stormy day we had yesterday. I had some leftover baby’s breath from the beautiful bouquet of roses Shawn had sent for our six months, so I decided it mustn’t go to waste! If you’re looking for a simple, fun, super cute time waster, here’s how I did it:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Flowers of your choice. I used Baby’s Breath.
- Craft wire, easy to manoeuvre
- Glue (a strong craft glue should be fine, however, I tend to be extra precautious and use the most super, super glue I can find in the house. Mostly just because I’m an impatient person.)
- Paint – I used an antique white acrylic paint to match the colour of my baby’s breath
- Fine paint brush
- Paint palette (or be lazy and use a piece of paper lying around, like me.)
- Hair dryer, for fast drying (again, I’m impatient.)
Pull out enough wire to make a loop to match the circumference of your head. Wrap it around your head, making sure its not too tight. It’s best to have it a little loose, because once the flowers are on it’ll perch there nicely. Once you’ve marked how big the loop will be, begin to wrap the wire around two more times. Then cut the end and secure by winding a small piece of the wire around to keep in place. You may need to twist on a few more pieces of wire in other places to keep the shape of your crown.
Squirt a small blob of paint onto your palette (it really spreads a long way) and using your thin paint brush, begin to smooth the paint along the wire. Remember to get into all the nooks and crannies to ensure no silver bits show. Either leave out on some newspaper to dry for an hour or two, or use your blow dryer for a quick fix. I would recommend a second coat of paint. Repeat drying process.
Cut off some small pieces of your baby’s breath and apply glue to the flat side of the stem. It’s usually quite easy to determine which side that is. Hold your flower’s stem down onto your headpiece for a few seconds, then take your fingers off (or they’ll start to stick) and lightly blow your hairdryer up close to the flower. Once it’s stuck down well enough, repeat until you’ve filled your whole crown! This can be a frustrating process, especially once your fingers are all stuck together with glue. Take frequent breaks and wash your hands to avoid taking out your anger on the flowers. Also, try and keep all your flowers facing the same direction on each side, then have them meet it the middle at the front.
Leave the glue to set. Once it has dried, try on your pretty little creation and parade it around the house proudly all day long. I’m leaving mine on my head until it completely falls to bits. Which, as a warning ladies, may not take too long. But hey, it was a fun project right!