How to make a circlet of flowers & ribbons to wear on head

Updated November 22, 2016

The traditional headdress for weddings and celebrations in some countries is a floral circlet worn by women and girls. The flowers and ribbons chosen for a head wreath, or garland headdress, sometimes have symbolic representations. Floral circlet headdresses can be made from dried, silk or fresh flowers.

Use wire cutters to cut two pieces of 20-gauge wire, both of which should measure 23 inches in length.

Wrap the two pieces of wire tightly together using green florist tape. Use pliers, or needle nose pliers, to bend and form a hook at each end of the wrapped wire. These two hooks will be attached when you have completed your flower circlet.

Bundle small bunches of three to six flower stems together by wrapping the stems with florist tape. How many flowers in a cluster will depend on the type of flowers you use. Smaller blossoms, like violets, bachelor buttons or phlox can have more flowers in the cluster than larger flowers like carnations, roses or daisies. The wrapped stems should be 1 to 2 inches in length.

Attach your flower clusters to the 23-inch double wire. Start at one end, about 1 to 2 inches from the hook you made at the end. Position the wrapped stem cluster parallel to the double wire, then attach the stems to the double wire with florist tape. Overlap the clusters to build up and fill out the circlet and close gaps. Continue to do this with your flower clusters until you reach the other hook end. If you would like your flower clusters to point and meet at the centre, start attaching the clusters at both hooked ends so the clusters meet in the middle of the double wires.

Use a hot glue gun to add ribbon bows, baby's breath and greenery between the attached flower clusters. Put a small dab of hot glue on the end of the baby's breath or the backs of the bows and carefully attach to the double wire. Add a multi-looped bow with long ribbon strips and each hook end.

Bend the wire, a little at a time, until the two hooks meet and can be connected. A final ribbon bow can be attached over the hooks to hide them.


You can use a hot glue gun to attach the flower clusters instead of florist tape, particularly if you are working with dried or silk flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 yards of 20-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers, regular and needle nose
  • Florist tape
  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
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