Learn how to make a Tahitian flower crown

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Learn how to make a Tahitian flower crown and you can create beautiful, wearable art from fresh flowers - in only an hour! Tiare, hibiscus, and frangipani are the flowers of Tahiti most often used by islanders when they make a Tahitian flower crown. But you can choose any local flowers you love or think stylish.

Plan your design with flare. Form a pattern with different types of flowers or make a feature of some
larger blooms. The color scheme can be analgous or complimentary; bright or all white. You can chose
colors that suit the occasion - e.g. red, white and blue for 4th of July or Australia day.

In Tahiti, the more important the occasion, the more flowers the Polynesians use to make a flower crown.
Back home you may not want such a bold statement. So, for those wanting an elegant – simply sensational –
look, we’ve also included instructions on how to make a flower crown to adorn the front half of a head.

What you need to make a Tahiti flower crown

  • a variety of fresh flowers; including a filler like baby’s breath, wax flower, or green foliage
  • florist wire or a headband
  • green florist tape
  • ribbon (if making a half crown)
  • wire cutters

Follow these easy steps to make a flower crown

How to make a flower crown which ties at the back of the head

Step 1

Use a piece of pre-cut florist wire or cut a piece of wire to the length you desire. Bend each end of the wire to form small loops for attaching ribbons later.

Step 2

Tear off a piece of florist tape about 3" (6cm) long. Wrap it around the join to neaten.

Step 3

Cut flower stems to about 2 inches and wind a piece of wire around each stem to strengthen it.

Step 4

Lay the prepared flowers out on the table in the order you wish to attach them to create a design.

Step 5

Tear off a piece of tape. Begin at one end, holding the first flower facing upwards and outwards while wrapping tape firmly around the stem and wire.

Step 6

Hold the next flower alongside, with the bloom over the secured stem of the previous flower. Tape it tightly to the wire, beginning to form a pattern.

Complete the crown by continuing to overlap each flower above the stem of the previous bloom. Remember to face all the flowers in the same upwards direction, while continuing your planned pattern or design.

How to make a Tahitian flower crown which circles the head

Step 1

Place the floral wire around your head to measure the length you need. Add a few extra centimeters for the join and then cut the wire.

Step 2

Shape the piece of wire into a circle, overlapping the extra centimeters. Then twist the 2 ends securely
together to join them. Wind florist tape around the join, to neaten it.

Now you're ready to attach one flower (or sprig of filler) at a time with a piece of florist tape. Follow the above instructions on how to make a flower crown that ties at the back . Make sure that you place each bloom above the stem of the previous one, to give fullness and hide the taped-on stems.

Why learn how to make a Tahitian flower crown?

  1. When you know how to make a Tahitian flower crown, it’s easy to create one in an hour. You’ll have a stunning head-dress that’s unique, for a very affordable price, even if you buy exclusive flowers. If you pick the flowers carefully, it will only cost a few dollars to make a floral headpiece.
  2. French Polynesians wear intricate flower crowns for weddings, ceremonies, and dance performances. But, they don’t limit their love of flower crowns to special occasions. In paradise Tahiti flowers bloom all around. Just being alive is a reason to make a Tahiti flower crown!
  3. My love for the Tahitian flower crown has blossomed over the years so my bridesmaids and I learned how to make a Tahiti flower crown. We each made a white one, while at the hair salon before my beach wedding, and wowed the guests. Flower crowns are regal and romantic at outdoor weddings.

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