How To: Day of the Dead Flower Headband (Last-Minute)

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This tutorial is for a very quick and inexpensive headband.  We made it for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), but of course it can be worn just for everyday as well, if you like.  If you are after another Flower Crown, look here.

This headband takes about 10 minutes to make and costs about ten minutes or less to make.  So it will be easy to make one before your Day of the Dead celebration.

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Materials

Thin wire (or floristry wire)

15 or more fabric flowers in bright colours (pull or cut off stems0

1 headband

Wire cutters (or scissors)

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1. Cut 15 x 20cm/8″ pieces of wire.
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2. Attach the wire to the flowers by wrapping it around the stalks.

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3. Another method for attaching wire is to make a few loops in the wire and push them into the middle of paper flowers.

Dayofdead54. Wrap the wires around the headband, making sure that you vary the colour and size.
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5. Continue wrapping the flowers next to each other onto the headband.

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Dayofdead8Wear the headband with the sugar skull makeup.  The makeup is really easy to do. Here is a quick How To. Use makeup crayons for a great result.

1. White out the face leaving the eye sockets.

2. White out the mouth.

3. Paint black rings around the eyes.

4. Paint black onto the nose to make it look like a skull.

5. Paint black scrolls onto each side of the forehead with a heart in the middle.  Colour the heart red.

6. Paint scrolls on the jaw with a heart on the chin (the same as the forehead) Colour the heart red.

7. Paint dots of red and black surrounding the eye sockets.

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How To: Make a Gorgeous Flower Crown

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This tutorial shows you how to make this simple flower crown.  At OHC we love headgear of any type.  But this flower crown is a favourite.  These are not only for children but are a great accessory for a wedding, party, costume party or music festival.  Really, any chance you get to wear it is great.  This is a post from the past, taken from the original OHC in 2007.   In2013, we still love it just as much.

This flower crown is simple to make and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.  You could use different coloured flowers and even coloured wire.  Your imagination is the only limit.

Materials

Silver wire

Wire Cutters

Flat-nosed jewellery pliers

A few bouquets of silk or fabric flowers (available at craft stores and home décor stores)

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Method

1.  Measure the wire around your head and cut a piece of wire with about 20cm/8in extra.

2. Mould the wire into a circular shape.  To secure the crown, twist the wire back over itself (as in photo below).

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3. Separate the flowers from their bouquet.  Leave the wire attachments on.

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4. Take a flower and place it facing outwards on the wire.  Twist its wire tightly around the crown to secure it.

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5. Continue twisting the flowers around the crown, placing them next to each other so that the wire is covered.

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When you have covered the entire wire with flowers, you now have your flower crown.

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