What you will need
- 1 roll of 2mm wide aluminium wire – available in many colours *
- 1 roll of Bouillon Effect Wire (0.35mm x45m 28 gauges in Lime Green or a colour that will camouflage in foliage) *
- Floral glue *
- Satin ribbon (aprox 25mm width)
- Tape measure
- Small flowers that can be clustered
*all available at floral supply stores
Using this particular method it is best to make the wreath on the day. Long lasting flowers work well such as natives and you could try adding berries or pods and pretty foliages.
Measure approximately ¾’s of the circumference of the person’s head you are making the wreath for. Using those measurements, take the roll of aluminium wire and cut to length.
Cut a length of ribbon that is about 40 cm longer either side than the piece of wire. The extra lengths can then be tied to size in a bow at the back. Trim the ends of the ribbon if necessary once you’re done making the wreath.
Take your piece of ribbon and lay the piece of wire down the centre. Dot craft or floral glue down the middle of the ribbon on the edge of one side and fold over the other side to cover the wire. Leave to dry. This creates your floral wreath base.
Once dry, bend the wire to shape and you can start adding the flowers etc.
Select some small whimsical looking foliage/leaves (I have used leatherleaf fern and asparagus fern together) and cut into small pieces that can then be clustered into tiny posies with the flowers. These clusters can then be secured to the wired piece to form the circlet.
Add small pieces of flowers or a single flower (I have used geradlton wax) to the foliage and place on the end of your circlet.
Cut a small length of the Boullion wire and wrap repeatedly and tightly around the clustered stems to secure. You can add a dot of floral glue if you are unsure. Trim the stems.
Cut the Bouillon wire closely to the wreath and tuck if necessary to ensure there is no wire likely to stick into the person’s skin.
Repeat by adding clusters of flowers and foliage to the length of the circlet until you are satisfied it is full enough.
The wreath can then be tied with the lengths of ribbon around the person’s head. A simple, but suitably gorgeous head wreath!
Photography by Petal & Pod
Ms Gingham says: What an absolutely stunning tutorial. Such a beautiful project! Thanks so much to Rebecca from Petal & Pod for so generously sharing her tips with us!
About Petal & Pod: Having discovered a passion for flowers and creativity, Rebecca has worked with some of Sydney’s most admired floral designers. She completed her Commercial Design certificate and certificate III in floristry through Pearsons School of Floristry. Since then she has set up a floral design studio in Castlecrag on the lower north shore of Sydney. Specialising in events, wedding flowers and arrangements for corporate environments. She also provides weekly fresh cut flowers to residential homes, retail environments and supplies gorgeous gifts including various plants and a range of stylish homewares. Her creations are modern, beautiful and stylised, using only hand selected, market fresh flowers. When not immersed in the floral world Rebecca is a married mother of 2 small boys – owner of a golden Labrador and a chocolate burmese cat!