Make a Floral Headband

10.10.13

Hello! How are you doing? Do you feel as if the days are just melting away this year, or is it just me? I’ve been such a busy bee lately with so many things going on that I have been finding it a little hard to keep up. You know the old saying, ‘when it rains, it pours’? Well, it’s bucketing down over here and I am both loving it and willing things to slow down at the same time, worried that it might all just topple down around me. Between interior shoots that I am now doing on a weekly basis, regular columns I’m writing up for Houzz and Decor8, a huge new interior styling project and styled interior productions I’ve been doing lately with the wonderfully talented photographer Jansje Klazinga, I am positively swamped! Throw in a busy (and rather stubborn though delightful, of course) little toddler who spends at least 60 per cent of her day saying the words ‘no’, ‘nee’ and ‘mamaaaa’, a wedding next May which needs to be planned in full and a new house next month that needs a makeover, and that’s where I am at this point in time. Do I sound like I’m freaking out?! Maybe just a tad, but I am also incredibly grateful for all the wonderful things have eventuated from my hard work in the last few months. I found out yesterday that a recent production I styled with Jansje – the most amazing Rotterdam home – is going to be featured in the Dutch magazine VT Wonen! We also did another beautiful production that is going to make an appearance in 101 Woonideeën and the Belgian magazine Feeling Wonen, so all fantastic, and this weekend I am off to the Frankfurt Book Fair to hang out with my co-authors in the interiors book we all collaborated on recently. Exciting times ahead!

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But without further ado, I am excited to share a pretty project that I recently did for a beautiful wedding event Engaged, which took place last Saturday here in my home town of Delft. I plan to take you on a visual tour of the event soon, but until the images are ready (as I didn’t get a chance to take any myself), I will start by showing you what I got up to! I hosted a workshop offering brides-to-be a few fun and easy DIY projects to try for their own weddings, not as an expert on crafting but simply as a bride-to-be myself wanting to share some of my own inspiration. I was a little nervous (OK, I was packing myself and no doubt had a face as red as a beetroot) but I went well prepared and with an open mind. I hosted three workshops over the course of the afternoon and evening, rotating with my good friends Nathalie and Tessa, interior designers at Nu interieur|ontwerp, who were hosting a moodboard making workshop. Within minutes of the event opening its doors, the entire workshop schedule had filled up! The energy was so positive and the ladies who joined our workshops were all adorable. I returned home with very tired eyes, but a full heart and above all, pride in myself, mostly for attempting the workshop in my broken Dutch – a milestone for me after 4.5 years of struggling with the language and all of it’s gurgling, long-worded glory!

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As you have no doubt guessed by now, one of the DIYs on offer during the workshop was a pretty floral headband. If you haven’t already noticed, they are HOT this year for weddings. Big, small, bright, delicate, dramatic and dainty. They are all the rage and I am so on board with this trend. I expressed my love for them in a recent Wedding Files column, so I thought I would show my eager workshop attendees how to craft one of their own. I have to admit that I approached this task a little too confidently. My mum was a florist many years ago, so I kind of assumed it was in the blood. Not quite the right assumption to be making because attaching tiny little stems to a thin and slippery wire can be a fiddly little job! Trial and many an error led me to this method, which I think is one of the simplest ways to do this. So with the gorgeous leftovers from the workshop, I came home and crafted one just for you, complete with a full how-to so you can try it yourself. It is surprisingly easy with a few handy tips, and the results are just so pretty. So let’s get started! First up, you will need fresh flowers. I chose blooms that were available locally, and avoiding the typical orange hues that are available at this time of year, I went with muted purple-blue and soft pink tones to create this feminine and whimsical wreath. I really wanted to use lavender but it was not available, until then I found two die-hard sprigs in my garden at the last minute. Combined with rosemary, it smells heavenly. You will also need:

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Step one: Start by cutting a length of aluminum wire (about 30cm long) using your wire cutters. Prepare short lengths of florist wire for later, as well as several lengths of florist tape, cut into thin strips (you’ll thank me later when you’re not grappling to wrap a fat piece of tape around a tiny little opening). Twist a long length of florist tape tightly around the aluminum wire and press it in with your fingertips so it sticks. You should feel a sticky residue from the tape on your fingertips.

Step two: Prepare several clusters of flowers of two or three varieties each and secure by wrapping the stems in florist tape. For example, I did one with a spring of rosemary and a small cluster of hydrangea. The fuller you want your floral headband, the fuller these bunches can be. I was going for a more delicate one, so I kept them at no more than three stems per cluster.

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Step three: From the centre of the aluminum wire, attach one of your flower clusters using a small strip of florist tape. Press it down to secure. Attach the second little cluster to the wire in the same way. It should be facing the first cluster, leading in the opposite direction. You should now have two pretty floral clusters in the centre of your headband.

Step four: Continue adding flower clusters to each side in the same way, using the thin pieces of tape you prepared earlier to attach the taped up stems to the aluminum wire. Stems should all be going in the same direction. You might need a little more strength in some areas, in which case use a short length of florist wire and wrap it around the area (see above), pressing it all down to secure it with the tip of the wire cutters.

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Step five:  Keep working your way around the length of aluminum wire until you are pleased with the way it looks, as well as the balance of flowers, foliage and colour. Try it out on your head for size, and when it is about the right size, cut two lengths of ribbon (about 20cm each) and knot to each side of the headband, just beneath the last cluster of flowers. Secure it with a fat piece of florist tape and give it a squeeze for good measure. Snip the ends of the wire on each side and voila! You have yourself a floral headband fit for a fairy princess!

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I feel a little cheesy adding that last image of me, but I had to show you it on! Pretty, right? I had such fun putting it together in our little garden with Lola by my side creating one too (actually she was on a mission to destroy all my attempts at keeping this one intact and trying to photograph it, the little monkey!). So there you have it, a whimsical crown made from delicate and fresh blooms.

Hope you enjoyed this little project! I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial on the other projects we did during the workshop, as well as a tour of the event itself as it was so lovely and inspiring.

Have a wonderful day!

Holly x

* Images original to Avenue Lifestyle by Holly Marder

15 Responses to “Make a Floral Headband”

  1. kristi boer says:

    It was nice meeing you, i still have my floral headband 🙂
    Thanks, and keep going on with this!
    X Kristi

  2. don’t feel cheesy! you are lovely~!

  3. Natalie says:

    Goodness, you are busy! But so many fabulous things to be working on, it’s really wonderful to hear! I love your how-to, so pretty, and I can well imagine Lola “helping” ; ) hope we can carve out a little time soon for a catch up/playdate xx

  4. I obviously have premonitions :-)….You are going to be in VT Wonen! Woohoo! The DIY turned out nice.

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  6. mel says:

    So lovely Holly! You’re really clever to put that together and hope you have one for your wedding. I bet Lola would have had so much fun, I could only imagine mine. Mel x

  7. geraldine says:

    So beautifully done and so your style. Congratulations on all the achievements above. You deserve it and more. Have a wonderful weekend Holly and hugs to your little L. x

    • Holly says:

      Thank you Geraldine, for your sweet words and all of your support. Hope you’re well rested after your LA trip and hope to see you soon x

  8. Gudy Herder says:

    Actually the last pic is the most pretty of the whole story! Love everything about it, Holly! So happy to see all your projects coming to life! xo

  9. Love it! Thanks for sharing it. Will definitely try it for my engagement shoots.

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