A festive headdress of flowers has always been the quintessential bridal accessory. The bride will often wear flowers which echo the design of her bouquet. Children look sweet in a halo of baby’s breath.
Choose flowers which can survive well without a source of water such as miniature roses, carnations, freesia, dendrobium orchids, larkspur, statice, waxflower, baby’s breath, and stock.
Ask for head measurements before you begin. If you are uncertain of the exact size, make the headdress adjustable by leaving the back open a few inches with a loop of wire at each side. Ribbons will be inserted later to tie the headdress closed. If a headdress is made too big, it won’t stay in place and can’t be altered at the last minute, so making it a little smaller is a good choice. A small comb or hairpins will keep it in place as it is worn.
Adding a Veil
To add a veil, leave a space open in the back of the wire frame. Lay the pre-gathered veil on the underneath side of the wire frame facing the front. Stitch by hand, looping through the edge of the veil and around the frame. Secure the thread. When the veil is lifted into position the gathers should be underneath so they don’t show.
The headdress can also be finished all the way around if the bride wants to remove the veil later during the reception. Sew the veil onto a large hair comb and insert it beneath the headdress in back. To keep the headdress in place it is helpful to sew bridal button loops onto the underside of the frame. Slip a couple of hairpins through the loops. The loops can also help secure the veil if it is on a comb. Bridal button loops are available at a fabric shop.
Allow about 1 hour to make a headdress.
To make a headdress you will need:
3 stems baby’s breath
2 stems solidago or waxflowers or baby’s breath
2 stems mini carnations or spray roses
1 – 2 stems of greenery such as myrtle
22 gauge or other heavy weight floral wire green
1 small hair comb
bridal button loops (optional)
4 feet sheer ribbon, cut into 2 pieces
Twist together two lengths of the floral wire to form a round shape in the size you need, leaving loops at the ends if you are making an adjustable frame. Wrap tightly with green floral tape.
Cut greens and filler flowers into small pieces with about an inch of their stems exposed.
1. Using floral tape, bind together many small bunches of flowers, each with a carnation or rose, a few sprigs of baby’s breath, and some myrtle.
2. Begin securing the bunches to the end of the frame using floral tape. Remember to stretch the tape so it adheres. Cover the stems of the last bunch with the flowers of the next bunch, continuing until the head-dress is complete. Have someone try on the headdress. Fill in any bare spots with baby’s breath or small flowers using a glue gun. Center ribbons through in the loops in the back if the headdress is to be adjustable.
Sew the comb to the front edge of the headdress by looping thread through the teeth and around the wire frame. Sew bridal loops (if using) to the sides. Insert hairpins into the loops to secure the headdress when it is worn.
Place the headdress in a plastic bag and store overnight in a cool place. When ready to wear, adjust the placement on the head and tie the ribbons to close.
There is nothing more charming for a young lady to wear than a headdress of spray roses and baby’s breath. Small children also look angelic in a halo of baby’s breath all by itself, an even easier project to create.
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