Flower crowns are pretty easy to make.. hot glue some flowers to a ribbon and you’re done! I could have gone that route, but I wanted something that was going to hold up better and not slip off while I was wearing it.. because when you’re busy being Queen of The Undead the last thing you have time for is your gothic flower crown falling off! 😉 I put together a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow on how to create your very own crown for Halloween or any other occasion that calls for a dark and dramatic headdress!
Wire cutters or industrial scissors
Thick 1 inch wide elastic
2 yards of satin or lace ribbon 1 inch wide or more to cover elastic
Thread in the same color as the elastic and ribbon
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Fake spiders, skeleton hands, or any other small spooky accessories!
(1.) Start by removing the stems from your fake flowers. Most will just pull right off the stem and then use wire cutters or heavy-duty scissors to cut off the small stem base. (2.) Next, measure out your elastic by wrapping it around your head. Cut off excess elastic and pinch the two ends together. (3.) Sew two to three times across the ends and slip the band on your head to see if it fits properly. You want it to be snug, but not so snug that it feels like it’s cutting off circulation! If you need to, sew a little bit further in to tighten it up, snip off excess elastic. (4.) Fold ribbon in half to find the middle and match it up with the middle of your headband.
(5.) Secure lace to elastic by putting a straight pin in horizontally along the width about every inch. Putting them in this way will allow you to sew right over them. (6.) I left about an inch on each side unpinned at the back so I could tie a bow when I wear it. (7.) Sew around the entire edge of one side, then flip the band over and sew around the opposing side. (8.) Remove straight pins.
(9. & 10.) The headband is flexible so I didn’t want to glue the flowers directly on since the flexing and movement could cause the glue and flowers to come off. Instead I created little ‘platforms’ for the flowers to attach to. I cut 1 inch by 1 ½ inch rectangles of stiff felt and sewed them onto the band, leaving about 1 inch of space between them. If you’re using smaller flowers you may want to adjust the space between the felt pieces so you don’t have gaps. (11.) Once the felt is attached, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the base of your first flower and press down on the felt. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Allow glue to set up for 1-2 minutes before moving onto the next. When I finished with mine I didn’t like that the black roses stuck out so far from the purple flowers I chose. Instead of calling it a failed project and returning to the craft store, I thought I would try doubling the purple flowers up. (12.) Luckily there were plenty more on the bouquet I picked up so I plucked off a few more, added hot glue to the back, and stuck them directly on top of the existing purple flowers.
I then also added two sparkly fake spiders I had found in my Halloween crafting bin for some extra creepiness!
Allow the glue to set up on everything and then you’re done!
Before wearing this bad boy for a night out, lightly tug at the flowers or shake the crown to see if any flowers come off. When you remove the stems from fake flowers it can cause the flower layers to come undone. This happened to just one of mine and all I had to do was add a few dabs of hot glue between the layers to stick them back together.
Now you can seek out the dark forces and conjure spirits in style! 😉
I don’t care if it’s still September… Happy (very early) Halloween!