How to make a Roman headpiece

Written by rosenya faith | 13/05/2017
How to make a Roman headpiece
Make a roman laurel-leaf head wreath for a historic costume accessory. ( Images)

Make a real or silk laurel-leaf head wreath to complement a Roman costume for a fancy dress party or other costumed event. Adapt the wreath for a child's dress-up fun, and let her help make it -- it takes less than 30 minutes to put together. Turn the wreath into a floral hairpiece for a springtime hair accessory by adding silk flowers and baby's breath.

Measure the circumference of your head, at the level you would like the wreath to sit, and cut a piece of floral wire to this length plus an additional 2.5 cm (1 inch).

Arrange the wire in a circular shape and wrap the last 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of the ends together tightly to keep the circle shape.

Wrap the entire length of the floral wire with green floral tape. For extra comfort wearing the wreath, wrap the wire more than once.

Arrange medium-size silk laurel leaves loosely around the circular wire to plan the placement, with the top of one leaf overlapping the stem of the next leaf. Arrange the leaves so that they are all facing the same direction. If you will be wearing the wreath right away, use real laurel leaves instead.

Secure each leaf to the wire by wrapping a length of floral tape around the wire and the stem of the leaf.

Add a ribbon to the back of the headpiece if desired. Cut a 60 cm (2 foot) length of 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wide ribbon and tie it in a bow. Attach it to the wreath with wire.

Things you need

  • Floral wire
  • Green floral tape
  • Medium-size silk laurel leaves
  • Ribbon (optional)

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