Be inspired by the midsummer traditions and festivities of Scandinavia and celebrate the arrival of summer with a traditional floral crown. Legend has it that flowers and herbs picked on the summer solstice have magical properties. Take advantage of this spiritual boost, and make a headdress with extra meaning.
If you're looking for love this summer, then opt for roses in your crown. If it's the strength for persistence you need, then use gladioli as the foundation. If you're after protection, turn to delphinium. Whatever you’re wishing for, there’s an appropriate floral crown to be made. Read our flower guides at Funny How Flowers Do That to discover the language of flowers.
You will need
- Basic ring shape (optional)
- Florist’s tape
- Tape measure
- Flowers and plants: we opted for ivy, cornflower, chamomile, hydrangea and rose
How to make it
You can choose to work with a basic ring shape made of rattan, for example, but you can also use a thick piece of ivy as the base of the crown. Measure the circumference of your head with a tape measure, and cut the ivy to size. It doesn’t need to be exact. Attach the ends together with florist’s tape. Then fasten flowers and plants with tape, keeping in mind the symbolism you’re aiming for.
Filled with meaning
The flowers we chose for our own floral crown (pictured) look back past, and express a wish for a bright and positive future. The hydrangea represents gratitude, grace and beauty. It elegantly expresses appreciation for the happy moments we have already enjoyed this year. The white rose represents true love, purity, innocence and dignity, promising a fabulous summer ahead.