Your London Florist runs lots of exciting classes out of their Flower School in Crews Hill. Find out what I learnt at their Flower Crown Workshop.
It’s no secret that I love having fresh flowers in the house and I’m quite lucky in that Jon has always been the kind of guy that brings home flowers as a treat. This means that we almost always have a vase of flowers on the go at any one time. Since buying our house back in October its been very important for me to have lots of greenery and so you’ll also find lucky bamboo, succulents, cacti and even a mini ginseng tree around our house.
Enfield, North London
When we first moved to Southgate Your London Florist was just a small shop next to the tube station. The shop formed part of the Grade II* listed Southgate tube station arcade which was opened back in 1933.
The designs and installations that Migle, Violeta and the Your London Florist team create for the curved, art deco window are absolutely stunning and have caught my eye on more than one occasion. It’s no wonder that the shop has been a roaring success and business is booming. So much so that they’ve just moved into a new space in Crews Hill.
If you know anything about Enfield, or are just really into gardening, you will definitely have heard about Crews Hill. It’s a small village populated almost exclusively by garden centres. With all the extra space in their new home Your London florist are able to offer more classes and I was delighted to have been invited along to make my own crown of flowers – ideal for festival and wedding season.
How to make your own Flower Crown
Before you start, make sure you’ve got the following to hand:
- Florists wire
- Florists tape
- Flower cutters
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun
- Selection of flowers and foliage
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Step 1. Select your flowers and foliage
To make a crown you’ll need between 6 and 9 flower heads.
We used a selection of piano spray roses and fifth avenue lilac roses. You’ll also want some greenery to create shape and movement.
In my crown I had seeded eucalyptus and eryngium. For something a little bit different we also used succulents.
Step 2. Wire your flowers
Before you can start assembling a crown you need to wire your flowers.
To do this, trim each flower so that it has just 1 inch of stem. Gently push a length of florists wire (roughly 4 inches long) up the stem. Place a second piece of florists wire (again roughly 4 inches long) sideways through the top of the stem. Fold the wire down so that it is flat against the side of the stem.
Finish off by wrapping florists tape around the stem and wire to hold it securely.
Step 3. Begin forming bunches of flowers and foliage
Take your first flower, this will be one end of your crown. Select greenery and other flowers to go alongside it.
Lay the second flower and foliage just behind first one and secure them with florist’s tape, bending any wires as necessary so that they all point in the same direction. Try to place the flowers and foliage so that they slightly overlap the first flower. The closer together they are the fuller your crown will look in the end (and you shouldn’t see as much, if any, florists tape).
Keep doing this until you have a length of flowers and foliage that stretches (at least) from ear to ear when laid across the top of your head.
Step 4. Complete the circle
Once you’re happy with the length of the floral section of your crown, carefully measure your head to see how much more wire you will need to complete the crown. (You may find it easier to get a friend to help you measure!)
Cut a 3 lengths of wire 2 or 3 inches longer than you need to complete the circle. Twist the wire around each end of the row of flower and secure with florists tape.
Place the crown on your head and bend the wire until it fits comfortably, checking it’s a snug fit so it won’t fall off.
Step 5. Add the finishing touches.
Take a long length of florists tape and wrap it carefully around the exposed length of wire for a neat and tidy finish. You could alternatively do this with coloured tape or ribbon if you prefer.
Finally, take your succulents and, using a hot glue gun, stick them to the wire, filling in any gaps.
Your crown is now complete!
Your London Florist Flower School
Violeta made the whole process of creating our crowns really easy. What she doesn’t know about flowers isn’t worth knowing and she had lots more tips and tricks which I can’t share here! You’ll just have to go along for yourself…
There are lots of different classes to choose from including a one day bridal course and a 3 day wedding course! I think I’ll be opting for one of the seasonal classes later in the year.
If you do go to one of their workshops I’d love to hear how you get on!
In the meantime you can follow Your London Florist on Instagram for stunning pictures of their beautiful bouquets and displays.
With BIG thanks to Tia Talula
Before I finish this post I must give a big thank you to Tia Talula who took pictures throughout the workshop. Without her I wouldn’t have the beautiful photos for this post. Do make sure you also check her out on Instagram and the hashtag #mycornerofpretty for lots of lovely floral inspiration.
Tia’s photos have such a dreamy quality to them. Tia, thank you again for making me feel at ease!
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