How to make a Flower Crown!

How to make a flower headband…
First things first, what do you need to make this wonderful DIY flower crown?

flowercrown

How to make a flower headband…

First things first, what do you need to make this wonderful DIY flower crown?

  • Well flowers of course and some thin wire.
  • Start by trimming your flowers so the stems are 1-2 inches long.
  • Measure your head with your chosen wire – any bendable, thin wire will do.
  • Now trim your wire to the rough lengths of your noggin.
  • The twists help it keep its shape!

Are you ready? Let’s start crown making!

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Take your first flower and place it along the circle.

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With a new piece of wire, wrap one end gentle around the stem a few times.

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Take your next flower and line it up with the last wire loop. Oh hello flower crown!

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REPEAT…

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In no time at all your crown will start to look a lot like this!

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And then this!

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Well done you! You’ve made yourself the perfect flower crown. Perfect for festival season or summer garden party vibes. Now you know how to do it you can show your friends and family how to make a flower hair garland.

If you’d like to turn your home into the best flowery spot, why not sign up and have some Freddie’s Flowers delivered to your place? It’s only £24 a pop and I think you’ll be quite delighted.

All the ways to always arrange flowers well

Thanks to having a wonderful mum who was a florist for 30 years, I was lucky enough to learn how to arrange flowers at a young age. And with Garland for a surname I can’t help but conclude that flowers were my calling. To put it simply, I love flowers.

Freddie and his flowers

So, what’s so great about flower arranging? It’s a creative outlet. Good for the house, good for the soul and good for the mind. And, given the right hints and tips, I hope you can take real enjoyment out of the activity too.

Whether you’re a Freddie’s customer or not, here’s the lowdown on how to arrange to flowers better than my mum can (shhhh)!

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Photo gallery: A June-full bunch of flower arranging

There’s something special about Freddie’s Flowers customers – they are great at flower arranging. And they have impeccable taste in flowers, might I add!

Here’s a gallery of some of the recent photos shared with us by Freddie’s Flower People – i.e. our lovely gang of customers. It was a month of peonies and roselilies. And what a tasteful June it was. Hats off to you!

We reckon your arrangement are works of art, so they deserve their own gallery. Share your own Freddie’s Flower pics with on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or drop us an email at freddie@freddiesflowers.com – and perhaps you’ll feature in the next one!

Freddie's flowers in a bike
A beautiful looking bike by @tinegreenlondon

 

An unusual vase!
An unusual vase! By @lucyheaps

 

Flower garden by @dianasalamat
Flower garden by @dianasalamat

 

Peonies delivered by Freddie's Flowers
Peonies by @jannelford

 

Stocks and peonies by @jannelford
Stocks and peonies by @jannelford

 

The magnificent roselily was a bit of a hit

lilies delivered by Freddie's Flowers

A splendid collection of lilies by @mccormickcharlie

 

Roselilies delivered by Freddie's Flowers
The show stopping roseliliy by @julieelagrace

 

More peonies, anyone? More flower arranging?

Peonies, stocks and thlaspi
Peonies, stocks and thlaspi by @quiltwhileyourahead

 

A pot of peonies
A punchy pot of peonies by @sf_floral

 

A flowerful shelfie by @theycallitthediamondblog
A flowerful shelfie by @theycallitthediamondblog

 

More peonies!
More peonies! (and a pinecone) By @bricksandstitches

Flower of the week, astrantia

In our flowerful Freddie’s Flowers boxes, being delivered this week, we have a very sweet and unique flower.

Astrantia has many names. It’s known prettily as Hattie’s pincushion, less prettily as Great masterwort, and rather humorously as Melancholy gentleman.

This week's flower box
This week’s flowerful arrangement

The name astrantia is either derived from the Latin ‘aster’ which means star, or from ‘magistrantia’ which means masterwort. If we go with the star derivative (let’s do that, it’s much nicer!) it’s easy to see how the romans got there – the bracts* look like many pointed stars.

*A bract, flower fans, is often mistaken for petals but are in fact the leaflike structure that sits below the flower or cluster of flowers (known as an inflorescence – which reminds me of fireflies and neon jellyfish).

Do take the time to closely admire your astrantia. You may even feel moved to reach for the macro setting on your camera as the clusters of tiny flowers really are stunning up close!

Astrantia delivered by Freddie's Flowers
Astrantia from Freddie’s Flowers

 

When you’re arranging them with other flowers, place them a little lower or higher than other elements in the arrangement. This way you’ll spot and appreciate them from a distance. You could set one aside and pop it in a small milk bottle or little dinky vase and pop on your night stand or bedside table, then you can admire it all by itself.

Keen gardeners will know that astrantia isn’t just a joy when delivered in a flower box. They grow well in the english country garden, as long as they have good soil, dappled shade and some moisture. (They also have aromatic roots, which is just for the gardeners as I won’t include any roots in your box. It’s a flower box not a veg box, after all!).

Absolutely the best way to care for cut astrantia is to handle it very, very gently indeed. They are delicate flowers.  

Astrantia in a teapot
Astrantia in a teapot

Alongside the astrantia this week we have some marvellously poptastic LA lilies. These are a winning combination of Easter Lilies and Asiatic Lilies. They are big, pink, boombastic and proud of it.

It’s easy to remove lily pollen if you prefer not to it in your beautiful home. Take a piece of tissue and pluck the stamen off.  Here’s a very short vid to show what I mean.

Removing pollen from lilies

You’lI notice I send lilies out closed for three reasons. Firstly, it’s so enjoyable watching flowers unfurl and open – it’s something I love about flowers so I share that in the boxes. Secondly, the lilies last a lot longer when we deliver them closed. And lastly, it gives your arrangement this brilliant second wind as it develops over the week. It’s almost as if you get two two different designs! Do move the arrangement around your house and admire and enjoy the flowers in different spots as the arrangement blooms.

I’ve also added alstroemeria to this design. I hope you love the colour of these. They’re a deep maroon-purple which bridges the colour gap between the astrantia and lilies.

Your alstroemeria will be closed when your flowers are delivered and they can look a little sad, but as soon as you put them in water and refresh them, they’ll perk up in no time.  They’ll open out a couple of days after your delivery.

Finally we have some gorgeously lacy green bell, also known as Thlaspi. I just love, love, love green bell. It’s a stunning foliage that brings a beautiful vintage feel to an arrangement and, if you separate out each little branch, it adds an elegant and delicate wodge of volume to the design.

The sun is shining on the trees on Wandsworth Common as I type this and this week many people across the globe will be celebrating Buddha’s birthday. I mention this because my favourite thing about flowers in the home is benefiting from flower arranging as a form of meditation.

Flowerful meditation
Zen and the art of flower arranging

Fresh flowers are good for the soul and there is an element of mindfulness to opening a Freddie’s flower box, sorting the flowers into their little groups, then trimming and styling them. It’s a meditative 20 minute routine that myself and many Freddie’s customers love and look forward to. Especially in today’s busy times!

 

Connecting with nature and beauty is just so reviving, grounding and soothing. And you get something beautiful to look at afterwards. Happy days all round!

 

Six splendid, unusual vases for showing off your flower arrangements

We’ve hunted around for receptacles worthy of your arranging skills! Here are six stylish, unusual and very affordable flower vases…

Great artists need canvases, composers need orchestras, and champion flower arrangers like you need vases! (Or urns, or oversized milk jugs… or anyway something nice in which to plonk your latest Freddie’s Flowers delivery.)

We’ve hunted around for some suitable receptacles worthy of your skills, so without further ado, here are six stylish, unusual and very affordable flower vases that can be ordered online now…

 

1. Silver-finished Florence glass vases by Lime Lace

florence glass vase

If you like to split your arrangements over a few vases then these petite, shabby chic beauties from indie boutique Lime Lace would be perfect. The glass has a distressed silver finish for a naturally lovely antiquey sort of feel. Absurdly affordable, too.

£6.95 each from Lime Lace here.

 

 

2. Stockholm aquatic vase by Stelton

stockholm aquatic vase

How’s this for a bit of timeless Scandi design quality? It’s an aluminium and enamel vase by Swedish duo Bernadotte & Kylberg. We love the ocean blues on simple white, and reckon it would be ideal for showing off your flowers without competing with them.

£114.50 from Made in Design here

 

 

3. Lily vase by Bristol Blue Glass

Bristol Blue lily vase

Speaking of blue, the legendary glass-blowers of Bristol have all sorts of fab flower receptacles in their armoury, but we especially like this classic lily vase. All Bristol Blue Glass pieces are handmade and therefore totally unique. (Incidentally, Brizzle is one of areas that we deliver Freddie’s Flowers free!)

From £108.00 direct from Bristol Blue here.

 

 

4. Retro German ceramic vase by Carstens

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Carstens was a West German ceramic company operating between 1945 and 1984, and there are plenty of cool retro pieces to be had online, like this textured sand-coloured vase. It’s one of several Carstens vases available from the very stylish family-run Homeplace store.

£36 from Homeplace here.

 

5. Ceramic Flower Jug from Papa Stour

 

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Designed by Lara for the Scottish craft and design boutique Papa Stour, these lovely, quirky flower jugs are made from soft slabs of clay, with delicate rims and edges. There are three versions, two stripy ones and a leafy one.

£48 from Papa Stour here.

 

 

6. Silver Milk Churn from Wedding of My Dreams

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Or if not a milk jug, how about a milk churn? Ridiculously affordable at a tenner each, these are officially wedding table centerpieces, but so what? They’d be great for anyone who wants a bit of country rustic to go with their artfully plonked flower arrangement. Why should brides always have all the nice stuff, anyway?

£10 from Wedding of My Dreams here.

 

 

There are of course zillions of lovely vases out there, so we’ll definitely be featuring more receptacles in future posts.

Have you spotted some beauties? Do you even make them? They don’t have to be vases – Freddie’s flowers can look splendid in anything from champagne bottles to wellie boots!

Please do share your suggestions with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

 

Or if you have the vases but need the flowers to go in them, sign up for Freddie’s naturally lovely flower deliveries at £24 a pop here.