How to make a crown from dried flowers

The €59 price for this flower workshop includes 2 hours of workshop and the dried flower crown you have made.
Eric Beracassat for Le Particulier Practical life

Long neglected, dried flowers are coming back into fashion. The flower art workshop offers to make a wreath in two hours. We tested it.

How does the dried flower crown workshop work?

To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting such a place when I opened the front door! Chairs hanging from the ceiling, rolls of fabric everywhere… It’s quite an unusual place for a flower art class. Lisa, the hostess, tells me that we are in the workshop of her father, an upholsterer-decorator. So everything is explained. On a large table in the middle of the room are all kinds of flowers and leaves, offering a wide variety of colors and textures.

Lisa explains to me that they can be dried naturally or stabilized. This last technique consists of immersing them in a solution based on vegetable glycerin to increase their life and add color, sometimes very bright. Therefore, I will have to work with different varieties of plants: sprigs of eucalyptus, hydrangea, gypsophila, broom, limonium (or statice), phalaris, straw… I have to create small flowers, which I will then attach to a bamboo ring. my crown

Choose wisely harmonious textures and colors

The first step is to simply sort the flowers that will go into the composition of small bouquets. I produce a wide selection of colors, only according to my taste and wishes. By experimenting with the composition of tones, I reduce the number of selected flowers so that only those that go well with each other remain. It took me a while, but it’s decided, it will be blue, green, red, white, yellow, gold… I balance with Lisa, who gives me some advice on how best to balance the shades of my future bouquets. I will need to make between 5 and 7 of these to cover half of the bamboo ring (20cm in diameter) of the crown.

Flowers can be dried naturally or stabilized.
Eric Beracassat for Le Particulier Practical life

How to assemble the elements on the crown?

It took me a little while to make my 6 bouquets. The point is not to do the same thing every time, but to stay in identical shades to maintain some color harmony. Lisa takes a quick look at my work, makes a few minor adjustments to move on to the next step. Now it’s a matter of attaching the bouquets to the bamboo ring to form a half crown. The first 5 are hung in the same direction and overlap each other to hide unsightly stems. They are also held in place with floral tape. The last one is placed in the opposite direction to facilitate the intersection.

Make final adjustments

As much as I try my best to arrange the wreath by moving the flowers around, I can’t seem to fill the area left between the last two bouquets. Lisa then suggests that I choose between a hydrangea head and a straw flower to cover this empty space. I opt for the latter and fix it with hot glue. Just wait a few seconds for it to dry and it’s done.

The first 5 bouquets are fixed in the same direction on the ring, only the last one is placed upside down.
Eric Beracassat for Le Particulier Practical life

What is the outcome of this workshop?

As part of this section, I had the opportunity to learn the techniques of assembling a bouquet from cut flowers. Thanks to Julia and Lisa’s workshop, I discovered a new world, the world of dried flowers. Although there are some similarities in the techniques, the approach is different because the ephemeral aspect is much less present. Working with this material also has a calming aspect, thinking about the harmony of colors. It’s a really nice moment, very relaxing.

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