Festival Fashion: Floral Crown

Remember when I said I was bummed I wasn’t going to Bonnaroo in my last post? Turns out the Bonnaroo Fairy is real and she’s on the Made + Remade crew. Thanks to Michele Purcell, I got to go for a day.

Rocking my very pink floral crown at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

With short notice, I had to think fast to prepare an outfit. I’ve been following the #Bonnaroo tag on Instagram and dedicated Bonnaroovians have been planning their outfits for months. My co-worker at HGTV, Kayla Kitts, has been counting down for a solid year. Check out this cute festival outfit she put together.

But back to my dilemma. If you find yourself in a “I’m-going-to-Bonnaroo-tomorrow-what-do-I-wear?” situation, this fast flourish will dress up any tank + shorts combo and make it look like you’ve been Polyvoring for months in preparation: The Floral Crown.

It’s a staple of festival fashion. Vanessa Hudgens, Paris Hilton and AnnaSophia Robb all rocked one at Coachella this year. The Kardashian sisters wore them at Kim’s garden brunch baby shower. And who can forget Lana del Rey’s ridiculously large blue floral crown in the “Born to Die” video? Or maybe that was just a hydrangea bush.

I’ve seen floral crowns and headbands go for more than $100 at boutiques and even retailers like Urban Outfitters have some for more than $50. That’s just silly. Here’s how to make one in less than one hour for less than $5.

On a scale of one to five, one being totally doable and five being not-so-much, I give this project a two — as long as you have an OK pain tolerance and know how to cut wire with needle-nose pliers. (Thanks for teaching/saving me, Hannah Slaughter.) I’ve tested several variations of doing this and there’s no way you won’t get stabbed at least once by the wire. But my way doesn’t involve stems so it’s comfortable to wear all day.

Also, and this is very important, my version is completely dance-proof. Some of the how-tos I tested were more like “how-to-make-something-flimsy-that-will-last-long-enough-for-you-to-take-a-Polaroid-selfie.” If mine survived Death Grips (which was more like an ab workout than a concert), I’m confident it can survive anything.

Follow the steps below to make your own floral crown!


Step 1

 Open GalleryGather your supplies. You will need floral wire, floral tape, needle-nose pliers and silk flowers. I got all my supplies from the dollar store.

Step 2

 Open GalleryMake the base. Wrap the floral wire around your head three times. Make sure it’s comfortable and not too tight. You want to be able to stick a finger between your forehead and wire because you’ll need that space as you add flowers and wire.

Step 3

 Open GallerySecure the base. Cut the wire with pliers and twist the two ends of the wire together to make a complete circle.

Step 4

 Open GalleryReally secure the base. Take the pliers and mash the place where you twisted so it doesn’t stick out.

Step 5

 Open GalleryMake the base comfortable. Squish all three layers together. Wrap the entire wire crown tightly with floral tape. This will reinforce the crown and make it less flimsy. Also, floral tape feels a lot better than wire against your forehead. Floral tape is a little tacky and will help keep your crown and hair in place when you wear it. You could also wrap the wire with craft leather if you wanted to be fancy.


Step 6

 Open GalleryPrep your flowers. Pop the silk flowers off and discard the stems. Make sure the flowers have a hole in the middle. If not, take a pen or X-Acto knife and make one in each.

Step 7

 Open GalleryArrange your flowers. Plan out a design before you attach anything. It’s hard to take a flower off once it’s wired down. You can have flowers all the way around or just in the front. And plan on bunching two or three flowers together so there aren’t any gaps. Play with varying textures and colors.

Step 8

 Open GalleryPrep your flowers … part two. Take a flower bulb and thread the floral wire up through the hole where the stem would be. Bend the wire over the flower and press down to meet the “wire stem.” Twist it around and press with pliers to smooth it out. Basically you’re looping the wire through the flower. Hide any part of the wire under petals. Give each flower about two inches of wire stem and then cut off the wire with pliers. Repeat for as many flowers as you want to attach to the crown.


Step 9

 Open GalleryAttach flowers. Take a flower with wire and place the bulb as close to the crown as the plastic base will allow. Take pliers and wrap the wire around the crown very tightly to secure the flower. You may have to use your fingers. This is the part where you might get stabbed. You can wrap your index fingers with Band-Aids before you start to protect them. (Those grippy finger things that Postal Service employees wear would be perfect for this. Is there an official name for those things?) Use the pliers to clamp down any ends that stick out. Repeat for as many flowers as you want.

Step 10

 Open GalleryMake sure it looks fabulous. Put on your floral crown and check for any remaining wire sticking out or poking your face. Bend or bunch any flowers gone astray to make sure you don’t have any strange gaps. Look in a mirror and admire the adorableness. Watch out, Lana del Rey.


  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Silk flowers


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • X-Acto knife (optional)
About Deanne Revel 


I manage social media for DIYNetwork.com, HGTVRemodels.com and FrontDoor.com. When I'm not instagramming and pinning, I'm dancing at Zumba and failing at the shimmy. I love vanilla chai, ...

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