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.
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!