*First published June 2016. Updated August 2021!
Want a baby’s breath flower crown for your wedding, an upcoming party or other celebration? Today I’m sharing how to make a baby’s breath flower crown.
Baby’s breath is a great option for flower crowns since they’re always in season and very inexpensive!
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Flower crowns will always be on trend. They’re the perfect summer accessory to add to a pretty sundress for a festival, trip to the farmer’s market, rustic wedding, or just a day out with friends! Wear them with loose waves or an easy updo.
Baby’s breath flower crowns are super cute and classy. You can make them for all of your bridesmaids for your wedding or bachelorette party or for guests at your baby shower. They’re fun and simple and go with any outfit, whether your style is rustic, bohemian or romantic!
This flower crown can be made using any types of flowers — peonies, roses, daisies or even just greenery!
Flower crowns found at retailers using faux florals can be very pricey and frankly, not as cute as flower crowns using real flowers. Plus, when you make your own flower crown you can be creative with it and save money!
- Floral Tape
- Floral Wire
- 2 Bundles of Baby’s Breath
- Wire Cutters
- Make the base of the crown out of floral wire. Decide how you want the crown to sit on your head, then measure this area with the floral wire.
- Cut sprigs of the baby's breath with about a two inch stem.
- Cut a bunch of two inch strips of floral tape.
- Add flowers to the wire. Place a sprig stem on the crown and then wrap a strip of floral tape around the stem and wire base. Floral tape gets sticky when you stretch it, so you will need to pull on it a little as you're wrapping them together.
- Keep going. Keep adding springs to your crown, until you get your desired look. For a fuller look, use more springs and use less sprigs for a more whimsical look. We decided to go with a fuller crown, which used almost two bunches of baby's breath.
How to Make a Baby’s Breath Flower Crown
Here’s what you’ll need to make these gorgeous flower crowns.
- floral tape
- floral wire
- wire cutters
- for baby’s breath flower crowns, use two bundles of baby’s breath
Floral tape is one thing you definitely need! It’s a super inexpensive way to keep your flowers together seamlessly.
Another must have is floral wire! The nice thing about this wire is there’s enough to make multiple flower crowns or use it for other bouquets.
If you don’t have wire cutters in general, definitely pick up a pair! You won’t be able to cut through the floral wire without them.
You can also buy this trio on Amazon!
I love the delicate look of baby’s breath, but feel free to choose whichever flowers/greenery you like! I love giant, vibrant flowers like peonies for the key person of the evening (the birthday girl, bride or mother-to-be).
You can do a mix of all pink flowers or a variety of colors. Add a bit of greenery and you’re sure to wow everyone!
You can also use fake flowers if you want them to last a long time. A good quality silk flower can be a bit expensive, but if you know you’ll use it quite a bit, it’s worth the price.
1. Make the base of the crown out of floral wire.
Decide how you want the crown to sit on your head, then measure this area with the floral wire. You can have it sit back on your head (like I did here) or more in the front.
For a sturdier base, wrap the floral wire a few times and kind of wrap and bend it all together. If you have a thinner wirer you’ll definitely want to do this!
2. Cut sprigs of the baby’s breath with a stem of about 2 inches.
The 2-inch stem will help you be able to attach it to the wire crown easier.
3. Cut a bunch of 2-inch strips of floral tape.
These will be used to attach the sprigs to the crown. If you’re doing flowers like baby’s breath, you’ll likely be using a ton of flowers, therefore you’ll need a ton of tape.
Likewise, if you’re doing giant, full flowers you’ll likely need fewer flowers and less tape.
4. Add flowers to the wire.
Place a sprig stem on the crown, and then wrap a strip of floral tape around the stem and wire base. Floral tape gets sticky when you stretch it, so you will need to pull on it a little as you’re wrapping them together.
5. Keep going!
Keep adding springs to your crown, until you get your desired look.
For a fuller look, use more springs. Use fewer sprigs for a more whimsical look. We decided to go with a fuller crown, which used almost two bunches of baby’s breath. If you want, you can add ribbon or twine to hang down the back.
We hate to just wear our crown for a couple hours and toss it, so we came up with another way to use the flower crown when you’re done wearing it — a wreath!
This is the simplest thing ever. Just add a pretty bow, and hang it on your front door using either a wreath hanger or hook. Look how cute this is!
Flower Crown FAQ
How Long Will Baby’s Breath Flower Crowns Last?
If you use real flowers, your crown will only last about 24 hours. Be sure to make these right before an event rather than the day before so they look fresh!
Dried baby’s breath looks great too! If that’s the look you’re going for, you can make it a week or more in advance.
How Much Does Baby’s Breath Cost?
Baby’s breath is a great option for a flower headpiece because it’s so budget-friendly.
You can buy baby’s breath from bulk stores for about $40 for 50 stems or $60 to $80 for 100 stems. Some online florists sell it starting at $60 for five bunches. Check with your local florist to see what they charge.
What Does Baby’s Breath Symbolize?
Baby’s breath is perfect for weddings and showers, because it commonly represents love that lasts forever, innocence, purity, trust, and romance. It also symbolizes newborn babies, so it’s a sweet idea to make a flower crown for a baby shower or newborn photo shoot.
Is Baby’s Breath Toxic to Humans?
Baby’s breath is toxic if ingested, so keep your flower crowns away from small children who might put it in their mouths and from pets! It could make them sick.
Now, you have your own DIY baby’s breath flower crown (and wreath)! Have fun making these, and let me know how they turn out!
Making these crowns for a bridal shower or bachelorette party? Check out the best gifts for the bride while you’re at it.