In medieval times, girls and women often adorned their heads with charming circlets of flowers. This tradition has persisted; today, it is common for flower girls and even brides to wear wreaths of flowers on their heads at weddings. Whatever the occasion, a circlet of flowers can make an enchanting, fragrant and colourful accessory. While you can pay virtually any florist to create one for you, it is also easy and fun to make a medieval circlet of flowers yourself. All you need are the right supplies and a bit of time.
Measure the circumference of your head with measuring tape.
Twist the ends of two or more chenille stems together until they are equal in length to the measurement you found in step 1. Cut off any excess chenille stem with scissors. Do not shape the chenille into a circle yet; leave it straight.
Tear a generous length of floral tape from its spool. Tug at the tape to release its adhesive properties.
Cut several pieces of greenery to a length of 1 to 2 inches. Hold a stem or two of greenery against the chenille. Wind the tape around the stems and the chenille, pulling on it as you wind to make it sticky. Tear off the excess tape.
Cut the stems of numerous small flowers to a length of 1 to 2 inches. Hold a flower against the chenille. Using the technique described in Step 4, tape the flower to the chenille.
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until the entire length of chenille is covered with greenery and flowers. Overlap the flowers and pieces of greenery so that the taped stems are not visible.
Bring the opposite ends of the chenille together, forming a circle. Twist the ends together securely.
Tie a few long strands of ribbon to the back of the circlet. Let these trail down your back once the circlet is on your head.
Dip fragile or very small blooms in hot glue and affix them to the ringlet, rather than trying to tape them. Greenery such as ivy and asparagus fern work especially well on circlets. Flowers such as rose buds, daisies, baby's breath and caspia are ideal for circlets. Use fragrant herbs such as rosemary and lavender for a circlet with a soothing scent.
Tips and warnings
- Dip fragile or very small blooms in hot glue and affix them to the ringlet, rather than trying to tape them.
- Greenery such as ivy and asparagus fern work especially well on circlets.
- Flowers such as rose buds, daisies, baby's breath and caspia are ideal for circlets.
- Use fragrant herbs such as rosemary and lavender for a circlet with a soothing scent.