It’s been a few years since I was making flower crowns and wedding accessories for a living, but you don’t do that for several years without also making wee little crowns for your cat-queen.
Leia loves pretty things, that’s no secret, and after making her one of these a few years ago, I felt it was time to make a few more and jot down the DIY how-to for those who might want to craft along.
Note: If your cat doesn’t want to wear a flower crown (or any other adornment) then do not make them. Even Leia only tolerates this for a few minutes before she puts on her grump-face and I remove it from her precious head immediately. She tolerates her faerie wings for longer… but that’s for another post, perhaps this fall.
What you’ll need:
- a variety of silk and/or velvet floral stems / blooms / leaves (these can be found at stores like Michael’s, AC Moore, etc.)
- a few pip berry vines (find them in small bunches at Michael’s etc, or if you’re looking for a wide variety, or huge garlands of them, I recommend The Pip Berry Barn)
- floral tape
- flat-nose pliers
- scissors or wire cutters
- willing feline
*Above I used some vintage velvet violets which I found on Etsy years ago. Another good place to shop for special little supplies.
- Start by picking out a few pip berry stems. These will create the base since they hold whatever shape you bend them into.
- Twist them together and if there are any ends poking up, curve the ends with the pliers. You don’t want any sharp pieces sticking out!
- Start adding vines/flower stems etc. You want to choose blossoms that aren’t too big so that they don’t totally freak your cat out and cover their ears. Flowers that are 0.5 to 1.5 inch are a good range. I concentrate the flowers in the front area that will sit just in front of the ears but above the eyes/eyebrows.
- Twine them around until you have a circlet that is around 6 inches in diameter (but you might need a little smaller or larger depending on your cat).
- If you’re using pieces with plastic stems (not wired) then you’ll need to fasten them to the base with floral tape (like on the autumn crown below).
Finally, you’ll want to make a curve in the back of the crown to fit over the back of your cat’s head / upper neck. I’ve found this is key.
Have you tried making one for your cat? I’d love to know! Happy crafting.
xo – Naomi and Leia