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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

From Something Old, Something New

My article and succulent tiara design featured in the in the spring issue of
DIY Weddings Magazine

No design element is more nostalgically romantic than a Floral Crown. Today's floral crown, flower circlet, halo, hair wreath or floral headdress, has made the transition from a Bohemian fashion statement right into an individualized style statement.

Succulent tiara

By updating the techniques used, your floral crown can be as delicate as a circlet or as lush and luxurious as a halo.

Succulents roots and rosary vine

The biggest design considerations are durability, stability and wear-ability:

Most floral crowns will last between 4 to 6 hours if you use well conditioned flowers. Maybe a little longer in cooler weather. Delicate cut flowers wilt quickly when worn as a headdress, due to body heat, so make sure you choose flowers that are a bit more robust.

A succulent floral crown will last for days, even weeks under the right conditions.

A succulent floral crown will last for days, even weeks under the right conditions.

Succulent floral crown

When it comes to stability, your mechanics are all important.

For a contemporary take on a floral crown, combine the more traditional wire and tape technique with the contemporary technique of gluing the floral elements in place. Wire and taping the biggest flower heads helps you to create a stable mechanic that will last, and all you need to do is glue in the finer elements.

Wire Alice band for a succulent tiara

Wear-ability is key to a successful floral crown.

It should be comfortable, or even better, heavenly to wear. The bride or wearer should feel natural, and move naturally. Make sure the design is lightweight, soft to hold, adjustable and finished off without any sharp wires. Also consider the type of flowers.

Succulent Alice band

Do not choose something with any pollen or sap that can cause stains or allergies.

Christine de Beer DIY Wedding Magazine succulent tiara

Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to be part of your spring issue. It is filled with creative inspiration. Have a look at the on-line magazine.

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5 March 2014 Harvesting succulents

Severing the rosette to design with

5 March 2014 Wiring succulents with a double leg mount

Create a wire stem for your succulents

5 March 2014 Using floral glue to secure succulents

Easy and fast way to include succulents in designs

5 March 2014 Wire headband for a floral tiara

Cut and bend flat wire (or any other wire you choose) into a ā€œUā€ shape to follow the shape of your head. Similar to an Alice band

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Related Designs

6 January 2016 Hey there

Moss and succulents cover a mask shape to create a woodland inspired mask

20 September 2017 You Wear It Well

My article and body flowers design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine