If you’ll recall I worked with Ashley on the dinner I did for Microsoft for Alt Summit. I really wanted floral headpieces for each place setting, and Ashley came up with the MOST GENIUS way to do it.
I have a tiny bit of experience working as a florist and in a flower shop, so I don’t claim to know much, but I do know genius when I see it! Ashley is going to start contributing regularly to The Alison Show, and I’m pretty freaking excited.
Check out how to make your own floral hairpiece using a comb you can find at any grocery store!
Hair Comb (you can find these at a grocery store)
Flowers of your choice
1. Trim your flowers down to about an inch and a half to two inch stem depending on the length of your hair comb.
2. Tape the stems of your flowers to help seal in moisture. Floral tape sticks by pulling and wrapping tight.
3. Begin wiring your flowers onto the comb. Simply wrap the wire around the flowers, and through the spires on the comb. Wire them securely but not so tightly that you break the stems. Layer them by staggering slightly and adding greens and filler flowers to cover any wire and to give the headpiece fullness.
4. You’re done! You can also hot glue pretty ribbon to protect your hair from the wire, or to cover up any stems or wire you were unable to cover.
Thank you so much Ashley for sharing this brilliant how-to! I think these would work so beautifully for family photos, a special place card at a ladies dinner or brunch, or of course for an occasion like a wedding.
As far as flowers go, the sky is the limit! But if you’re looking for a VERY sturdy piece that can last overnight, and possibly a couple of days, I recommend carnations.
Carnations used to be so passe, but in the past few years I think their vintage charm has made a resurgence. Plus carnations smell beautiful, and they last FORVER. They are inexpensive and like the sturdiest flower on the planet. If you make a hairpiece the night before you need it, simply store it in the fridge. Some flowers will hold up better than others. Thin, willowy-stemmed flowers (think ranunculus) do not keep very well.
But Ashley knows so much more than I do! And I cannot wait for her to share some of her amazing ideas with us.
In the meantime if you’re looking for other spring-inspired projects and ideas check out my “Spring: Hop to It!” section! Ha.