For several years now, at leading fashion shows you can see models with wreaths of fresh or artificial flowers on their heads. In addition, such an accessory is increasingly appearing in interiors, playing the role of a talisman, emphasizing the style or its direction. And it seems that he is not going to lose his position in the popularity rankings. National, thematic, romantic and original - you don’t have to buy them. You can make a unique decoration with your own hands from scrap materials. Lack of experience is not a hindrance, because the main thing is the desire to create.
Traditions of wearing an accessory
A ring woven from herbs and flowers has been worn on the head since ancient times. In Ancient Greece it was awarded to the winners of games and competitions; in Ancient Rome it was used to crown warriors. In India and China, only members of the nobility and rulers were allowed to wear it.
A wreath of flowers on the head is not just a decoration, but part of ancient traditions:
- It was hung above the front door to ward off dark forces.
- They hid it under the first sheaf of the harvest to get rid of rodents and pests.
- It was placed under the pillow for women in labor so that the birth would be easy.
- Virgins in Poland wore mint wreaths. And the decoration with woven full pea pods indicated that the girl did not want to become the wife of an unloved man.
- Crowns of thorns were given to those doomed to death.
- The olive wreath was awarded to poets, writers, and musicians.
The sacred ritual of weaving was accompanied by chants and entertainment. Decorations were made for holidays, celebrations, and tragic events. In Rus', a wreath of fresh flowers with wormwood was created only during Rusal Week on Ivan Kupala. It was considered a powerful protective amulet.
The bride's wreath was an integral attribute for the wedding. They then kept it in a chest. This decoration became the prototype of modern wedding rings.
The wreath was accompanied not only by joyful events, but also by sad ones. Not a single funeral ceremony was complete without it. After the shipwreck, he was lowered into the water at the site of his death. It represented the end of earthly life and the beginning of eternal existence.
Wreaths for fortune telling
The Kupala wreath also has another meaning; it is not only a talisman against evil forces. It is used for fortune telling. Each unmarried girl wove a wreath for Ivan Kupala with her own hands and launched it along the river. A long life was prophesied for the one whose wreath did not drown. Where he washes ashore, that’s where the girl will get married.
To find out who would be the first to get married, the girls threw a flower crown onto the tree; the one that would catch on a branch and not fall would be the one who would get married the fastest.
Who is it suitable for?
The deep symbolism of the wreath has been relegated to the background in the modern world. It has become a fashion trend that increasingly adorns the heads of models on the catwalks of famous design houses. Wedding wreaths have been transformed into tiaras and headbands. Fresh flowers were replaced by items made of silk, porcelain, and polymer clay.
A floral wreath looks very impressive, but one made from real plants will not last long. Not every girl wants to spend the evening weaving jewelry that will lose its attractive appearance in a couple of hours. Arrangements made from artificial flowers will last a long time and look no less beautiful.
To create a harmonious look with a wreath, you must follow the rules:
- At folk festivals, any product looks relevant.
- For children, you can choose bright shades.
- Young girls prefer head wreaths made of fresh flowers in delicate pastel colors.
- Older women are better off opting for deep natural shades.
- If the dress code allows, then a luxurious decoration of roses will make a girl stand out at a social event.
Traditions tend to be revived. A wreath for the bride made from fresh flowers is in fashion.
For folk festivals Autumn
Styling with flowers for graduation
Graduation is perhaps one of the first important events, one might say, in adult life. Therefore, her appearance is important for every girl. In addition to the dress and makeup, the hairstyle plays a very important role.
And prom hairstyles are not inferior to the main fashion trends and also use flowers in their design.
The principle of doing hairstyles with flowers can be the same as for a wedding, but naturally without a veil and the color scheme can be brighter and more varied, since the colors of the outfit are very different.
This way you can definitely feel like a prom queen.
You can use a very fashionable trend now - these are hairpins made of foamiran, they hold up very well, as they are made of dense material and look good. The hairpin can be attached simply to the temples, while creating wavy curls. You can weave it into braids or some other style.
Another advantage of a foamiran hairpin is that you can make it yourself, without spending a lot of time and effort, and also saving money.
How to make it yourself
In the old days, weaving a wreath was considered a special ritual. It was held in a female company on a certain day. Today, girls can make their own accessory for everyday wear, a holiday or a special occasion. It can be made from fresh or artificial flowers, from autumn leaves, rowan branches.
From fresh flowers and wild herbs
Any plants with long or medium stems are suitable for weaving a wreath of fresh flowers and wild herbs. It is important that the trunk is strong and does not break when bent. You can weave a wreath of daisies, dandelions, cornflowers, poppies, sunflowers, and leaves. The ends are secured with tape or thread. It is better not to use wire for this purpose, as it will cling to the hair.
Before starting work, it is recommended to wear gloves, since the stems can cause cuts or scratches. Some plants produce sap that remains on the skin as green or brown spots. To weave a wreath on your head from living plants, you must follow the instructions:
- The first flower is placed vertically.
- The next one is across, the inflorescences should be as close as possible.
- The horizontal stem is bent behind the vertical one, and then brought out to the front side in front of the inflorescence.
- The entire procedure is repeated until the desired length is achieved.
- The end of the decoration is tightly tied with ribbon or thread.
Fresh flower wreaths for brides are made from plants that shed minimally. If pollen stains a white dress, it will definitely ruin the girl’s mood during the celebration.
Modern brides often choose a lilac wreath as decoration, which fits perfectly into a wedding in the Provence, eco or art nouveau style. The plant practically does not fall off; in extreme cases, the inflorescences can be treated with hairspray.
Made from artificial flowers
You can make a wreath on your head with your own hands from artificial flowers. It will last for many years without losing its aesthetic appeal. To make it you will need floral wire, plants, ribbon and glue. A head decoration is created from artificial flowers according to the following algorithm:
- The wire is wound and a frame is made from it.
- The base is wrapped with tape as tightly as possible (it is better to choose green).
- The stems of artificial flowers are trimmed to a length of 12-15 cm.
- The plants are placed on the frame and secured with tape in a circle.
- The ends are secured with glue.
Decorating with fresh wildflowers looks very cute and attractive, but it is more difficult to weave. It will last a couple of days at most, then it will begin to wither, even if you treat it with floral spray. A wreath made from artificial flowers is much more practical and will last longer.
From autumn leaves and rowan branches
A wreath made from multi-colored rowan leaves and twigs is ideal as a decoration for a romantic autumn photo shoot in warm colors. Its basis is made up of young flexible branches of willow or birch, which are used to wrap a wire frame. Then leaves and rowan berries are threaded through the rods. You can weave a wreath in another way:
- Take the first autumn leaf and bend the edge.
- The stem of the second one pierces this part like a needle.
- So they continue in a circle.
- At the end, rowan branches are woven in.
Wire can be used as a base. In this case, all leaves and twigs are sewn to the base or secured with floral or nylon tape. It is not recommended to decorate a wreath made of natural plants with artificial stones, rhinestones and beads. The product must retain its natural appearance.
An excellent alternative to ready-made artificial flowers will be buds made from satin ribbons. To create a head wreath with poppies, cornflowers and daisies you will need:
- red, green, blue, white and wishing ribbons;
- beads for stamens;
- circles cut out of felt;
- synthetic winterizer or foam rubber;
- lighter or matches.
To create a poppy, the red ribbon is divided into 5 cm squares, from which petals are cut out (7-9 pieces for each flower), the edges are singed. Then they are sewn to a felt circle. The core is made from a piece of green tape, which is used to wrap a padding polyester or foam rubber ball. Secure everything with black thread. Then glue or sew it into the middle between the red leaves.
To create cornflowers, blue ribbon is divided into 4 cm squares, the edges are cut into cloves and treated with fire. Collect 17-19 petals per thread and pull them together. Making chamomile begins by cutting a narrow white ribbon into long pieces of 4 cm, and singeing the edges. A thin yellow ribbon is threaded onto a needle and pulled together to form an accordion. It is folded into a circle and stitched - this is the middle of the chamomile. White petals in the form of loops are sewn to it.
Leaves of different shapes are cut out from green ribbons. They also wrap the headband, sew leaves and flowers to it. Decorate the wreath with stamens and beads.
Thanks to the texture of corrugated paper, flowers made from it look delicate and airy. A spring wreath is very easy to make from this material. The frame and stems are made of wire, which is wrapped in green corrugated paper. Each subsequent layer is pressed tightly against the previous one. Leaves are created according to step-by-step instructions:
- Fold the paper in several layers, cut out the silhouettes of the leaves.
- Wrap each element tightly around a pencil, then straighten it out.
- Attach each leaf to the stem one by one, and stick a layer of green paper on top.
- If necessary, curl the edges of the petals with a pencil.
You can make any flowers: poppies, lilies, daffodils, peonies, roses. Chamomile is considered the simplest. To create it from corrugated paper, you need to cut out the petals from a white sheet, the core from a yellow sheet, and glue everything onto the stem, giving the structure the appearance of a real plant.
Then you can start assembling. Wrap the finished stems with flowers and leaves one by one around a wire base. The more tightly the plants are fixed, the more beautiful the decoration looks. It is better to weave so that later you can straighten each flower.
When working with corrugated paper, you need to pay attention to the direction of the veins. They should go along the petals. The wire should not stick out anywhere; each section is tightly wrapped.
Review of current styling
Wedding hairstyle is always an individual approach to each bride. Regardless of fashion trends, styling should suit the girl and emphasize her beauty. In the coming year, everything natural and natural is in trend. Well-groomed, flowing hair, smooth and shiny, or curled into romantic curls remains relevant. Structured strands are popular, giving special grace and solemnity to a woman’s image. Curls that gently frame the face are suitable for hair of any length.
- You can do a low ponytail or bun, braiding - French braids, fishtail, turning into loose curls. At the peak of popularity is the effect of wet hair. When styling, it is important not to overdo it with styling products, otherwise your hair will look untidy. In short haircuts, asymmetry and long bangs that slightly cover the forehead are encouraged. You can blow-dry your hair using foam, creating a large wave with brushing.
Before you start making a wreath on your head, you need to think about a combination of shades. It is better to choose a green base, and the leaves are several shades darker. The bride is given delicate wedding wreaths on her head. If these are fresh flowers, then daisies, cornflowers, peonies, orchids, lavender, and lilies are suitable. If artificial, then preference is given to products in pastel colors. For fashionistas who want to surprise guests at a social event, a wreath of luxurious scarlet roses is ideal.
The brighter the flowers, the more spectacular the makeup should be. Stylists recommend focusing on the eyes. A dark smokey eye goes well with red jewelry. And with delicate wreaths in pastel colors, nude makeup harmonizes perfectly; you can just slightly emphasize the eyes with mascara and light shadows.
For girls with short hair, wreaths are not recommended, so as not to get a discrepancy in the image. But those with long hair of any color can safely wear the product. The decoration is worn for certain celebrations, folk festivals, and thematic festivals.
A variety of flowers are used for wedding hairstyles. Roses, orchids, lilies, and alstroemerias (miniature lilies) are considered classics. But modern fashion does not follow standards and restrictions, so you can often see very bold and unexpected options in the hair of brides, for example, giant single daisies or small sunflowers.
Three main rules of hair stylists remain in the trends of recent years:
- Wildflowers fit perfectly into wreaths;
- Large peonies or gerberas look great as a single bright accent behind the ear or on an updo;
- Miniature branches wonderfully complement a messy bun or Greek hairstyle.
Magical decoration and strong protective amulet
On the one hand, chamomile is translated as “day eye” (daisy), and the appearance of yellow-white baskets symbolizes revival - the onset of spring and the awakening of nature.
On the other hand, the plant is a “thunderflower”, that is, it blooms in the month of June - the period of thunderstorms. This in turn reminds us that the plant is not as fragile as it might seem at first glance. By its existence it demonstrates strength and endurance.
It is believed that the symbol of the ring, be it a wreath, hoops, rolls or stones with holes, has magic and power against the evil eye and negativity.
Mystical circles were hung not only on people, but also on animals, houses and roofs, trees and pillars in the hope of preserving their livestock or property.
The wreath can be complemented with any wildflowers and herbs