It’s been pretty clear to me for a while that my aesthetic is “DIY boho wedding,” or “modern wood nymph” – something along those lines. I don’t know a lot about how this whole wedding is going to go, but I do know that I want some sort of elf crown, like Galadriel would wear. Or, maybe something a little more baroque.
Anyway, the point is, I want it to be rustic and inspired by elves, and preferably full of whimsy…and crowns. So, crowsn – especially floral crowns and anything with leaves – seem to be a trend these days, which is nice as there were a lot of pictures on Pinterest from which to draw inspiration.
There are also loads of flower crowns and leaf headbands and gold circlets on Etsy, should you feel the need to skip the DIY part, but handmade wedding accessories add such a nice touch – and cost a tiny fraction of what you would pay for a completed one.
Notes on Making a DIY Boho Wedding Crown:
- This can be relatively free-form. Don’t worry about copying things exactly, or getting things perfect.
- The gauges of the wires don’t have to be exact, this is just what I used!
- I used a rose gold colored wire for the 18 and 16 gauge,
DIY Boho Wedding Crown Materials:
- 12 or 14 gauge wire (about 18″) – I grabbed this at JoAnn’s
- 18 gauge wire (1 – 2 yds)
- 22 gauge wire (1 yd – I picked a slightly darker copper here, for a bit of pop)
- assorted pearl beads (I used this package, which was perfect)
- scrapbooking paper or fabric for the flowers
- flower craft punch (you can basically go with whatever type of flower you want here – I happened to like the shape of this one)
- knitting needle, pen, or other dowel shaped tool for wrapping the wire around.
- Needle nose pliers with wire cutter
Step 1: Decide what material you want to use for the flowers, and gather everything together.
Step 2: Bend the thickest gauge wire around your head in a crown shape. Leave a few extra inches at each end for loops (or attach them together, if you want a solid circlet).
Step 3: Take the knitting needle or dowel (mine was about a 1/2″ in diameter), and tightly wrap the length of medium gauge wire around, so that it forms a tight loop. Feed the thicker wire through the loop.
Step 4: Using the thinnest wire, create some interest by making some loops with a pearl every inch or so. Secure the pearls by wrapping the wire around the crown a few times in between each “loop.” Try to vary the placement and size of the pearls for interest.
Step 5: Punch out a few fabric or paper flowers (around 5-7), and use the thinnest wire for the stem. For stamen, I used one of the oblong pearls, but you could make a little wire curl as well. Secure the flowers at varying locations on the crown, again staggering placement every so slightly.
Optional: Ribbon! I made a second diadem/circlet/crown that was much simpler, by braiding three strands of the 18 gauge wire, and then weaving through some of the 22 gauge, darker wire with pearls strung every inch or two. For this one, I added ribbon to the loops at the end of crown – slash – circlet – slash – diadem for ties. It also gives things a nice finish.
And yes, in this second instance, you could definitely just add the pearls to the braided wire instead of stringing them on a separate strand of wire, but I really like how the darker copper color looks, peeking through the rose gold here and there. 🙂
Picture of me in a forest with the finished flower crown below! 😀