My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

From Something Old, Something New

My article and succulent tiara design featured in the in the spring issue of
DIY Weddings Magazine

No design element is more nostalgically romantic than a Floral Crown. Today's floral crown, flower circlet, halo, hair wreath or floral headdress, has made the transition from a Bohemian fashion statement right into an individualized style statement.

Succulent tiara

By updating the techniques used, your floral crown can be as delicate as a circlet or as lush and luxurious as a halo.

Succulents roots and rosary vine

The biggest design considerations are durability, stability and wear-ability:

Most floral crowns will last between 4 to 6 hours if you use well conditioned flowers. Maybe a little longer in cooler weather. Delicate cut flowers wilt quickly when worn as a headdress, due to body heat, so make sure you choose flowers that are a bit more robust.

A succulent floral crown will last for days, even weeks under the right conditions.

A succulent floral crown will last for days, even weeks under the right conditions.

Succulent floral crown

When it comes to stability, your mechanics are all important.

For a contemporary take on a floral crown, combine the more traditional wire and tape technique with the contemporary technique of gluing the floral elements in place. Wire and taping the biggest flower heads helps you to create a stable mechanic that will last, and all you need to do is glue in the finer elements.

Wire Alice band for a succulent tiara

Wear-ability is key to a successful floral crown.

It should be comfortable, or even better, heavenly to wear. The bride or wearer should feel natural, and move naturally. Make sure the design is lightweight, soft to hold, adjustable and finished off without any sharp wires. Also consider the type of flowers.

Succulent Alice band

Do not choose something with any pollen or sap that can cause stains or allergies.

Christine de Beer DIY Wedding Magazine succulent tiara

Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to be part of your spring issue. It is filled with creative inspiration. Have a look at the on-line magazine.

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Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.



Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts