Today we have a very special guest post from Meagan Lissner, the co-owner of a flower shop in Tyler, Texas, called Moss. Meagan can whip up a bridal bouquet in less than ten minutes (Courtney witnessed it!), but she never went to school to be a florist. She got a job in high school at a local flower shop and has let her imagination bloom ever since. We’re so lucky to have her on Model Behaviors today because she’s sharing how to arrange your very own Ethereal Summer flower crown! Without further ado, please welcome Meagan to MB!
Flower crowns are simple to make once you get started, and their sweet elegance is a beautiful touch to any celebration or photo shoot. My goal is to share a simple and natural-looking flower crown that will be durable for several hours.
You might be surprised, but some of my favorite places to find seasonal textures and blooms are in my own backyard! I love to just walk around and find pieces that will work in my shop—or for flower crowns—by foraging. Another favorite place to find supplies is local farmers markets and florists. Don’t be afraid to ask what kind of blooms and greens work best for the project you’re starting.
Some of my favorites for durability are spray roses, eucalyptus, varieties of berries, yarrow, citronella leaves, billy balls, lavender, succulent clippings, brunia…and many more!
- a thin, flexible branch or wire for the base of the crown
- blooms or greenery
- floral tape or twine
When picking the greens and blooms, aim for sturdy and long-lasting pieces so that they don’t wilt as quickly. For this one I used a weeping cypress for the ring, but you could just as easily use wire with greenery attached.
My bloom selections were blue thistle, wax flower, blackberries on the vine, veronica, scabiosa, and delphinium blooms. Really, the type of bloom is up to you, depending on the tone and aesthetic you’d like to achieve.
You will also need floral tape to attach the blooms to your crown. If you don’t have any tape handy, grab some sturdy twine!
Cut the stems of the blooms and greenery that you will be attaching to be around one or two inches. Be sure and take off any foliage that will be underneath the tape.
To start, pick two or three items to pair together. Think mini boutonnière sized. Attach those items to the crown using the tape. Start from one end and move to the center.
To add more drama, you can make the flower groupings larger toward the center.
Because we chose to use a branch instead of the wire, we didn’t have to cover the whole branch with blooms. We thought it looked just as beautiful to leave some of the cypress showing, but it’s totally up to you.
With all this said, my biggest piece of advice is to get out of your house and into the woods! Talk to local florists and flower markets! Be creative, and make yourself a sweet delicate flower crown.
If you ever happen to be in East Texas, make sure to drop by our little shop.
All photos by Beth Michiemo.