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« on: February 01, 2004 11:58:35 PM »

Requested by Bewitched:  How to make a clover crown to cover your bald baby's head.  



This works for any kind of flower with a single blossom per stem.  You've got to have at least 3-4 inches of stem, though, and it should be flexible.  Long-stem roses, for instance, won't work well, but a nice wild or climbing rose probably would.  Until you get good enough to work quickly, it's best to use flowers that don't wilt very easily.  It can be time-consuming to create one of these.  

Also, you'll need quite a few of whatever you're using.  It will depend on the relative size of the blossom and the stem.  Clover crowns, especially ones using the small white clovers, probably take about 8-9 clovers/blossoms per inch.  The crown above was about 12 inches.  

Start with two blossoms.  


Hold one perpendicular to the other.


Wrap the horizontal stem down and around between the two blossoms.


Now, bring the stem back so it's resting with the other stem.


Repeat with more blossoms, each time wrapping the stem around all the previous stems.


You might want to space the first few blossoms apart a bit, for connecting the ends later.  But the rest should be bunched up together, by simply pushing the blossoms against each other after adding each one.  To close the crown, bring the two ends around, and keep adding blossoms, this time including the stems from the first few blossoms.  

The easy way to finish the crown is to tie it off with some ribbon.  These can then be dried, depending on what type of blossom you used, and worn on more than one occasion.  They're lovely for weddings, and very popular at renaissance festivals.  And if you really want it to be durable, you can weave a bit of wire into it as you go, then it will retain a pre-ordained shape when it dries.

Clovers don't dry very well, and Katherine was going to handle the crown while we took her pictures, plus, this was sort of spur-of-the-moment, (idle hands while my daughter sat in the front yard,) so I just did a temporary closure, which basically just includes doing a couple stems extra tight, then tucking the ends back under some of the loops until they stayed.

I hope these instructions are clear.  I don't have any blossoms to demonstrate with at the moment.
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2004 10:16:38 AM »

that is the most precious baby photo ever!
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2004 12:38:27 PM »

oh MAN! first of all, great instructions. now comes the part where I freak out over your baby......FREAKIN PRECIOUS! look at those cheeks! beautiful project, lovely little munchkin, this thread made my day, thanks for posting
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2004 12:55:59 PM »

Thanks guys!  My hubby and I got pretty lucky.  She's as smart as she is cute.  Unfortunately, she's also as ornery, and she inherited my temper...  
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2004 05:01:07 PM »

Great dicrectons & BEAUTIFUL BABY!
What flowers would you suggest to use if we wanted to dry the wreaths, this would be nice with herbs in the kitchen ....
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2004 10:43:27 PM »

Well, drying herbs this way would be wonderful!  Chive blossoms would be lovely, and if you could find a nice leafy herb, maybe basil or oregano, who's fragrance was compatible with chives, it would make a wonderful wreath.  And what a great way to gift your friends with home-grown dried herbs!  

For other dried wreaths, I suggest any flower that dries well.  Roses are an example, but the wreath will not be hanging upside down, so the blossoms have potential droop.  But, if you use mini roses, in bud form, they should dry rather prettily.  Clover blossom actually dries pretty well, but clovers themselves do not unless pressed.  If you've got several different types of flowers abundant in your area, try picking one blossom of each and just setting them somewhere to dry.  If they turn out shrivled, don't use them.
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2004 06:03:16 AM »

I just have to add again that you have the sweetest baby!  She is so adorable!  And the crown is great too:)
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2004 12:02:29 PM »

i'll have to second that notion
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2004 06:52:25 PM »

That picture is WAY TOO CUTE!!! What a little doll you have there!
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2004 08:53:35 PM »

Thanks again, guys.   Grin
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