.: Many Hummingbird moths stop in on the newly-blooming butterfly bush :.
Today the two eldest children sat patiently alongside the Butterfly Bush in the front yard waiting for winged visitors to come in for a drink. The youngest and I went to gather flowers and vines to craft some summer flower crowns. (A favorite summer adornment that we create each year!)
Some will ring the crown of our heads and one will make a special centerpiece that will encircle a candle-filled glass jar set upon the porch table...
.: A crown made of vines sits atop sweet golden curls :.
We started by gathering up a few lovely vines. These were woven together to form a base for the flower wreaths.
I appreciate that this vine still had some intact leaves. I thought it added a wild beauty to the final piece.
.: A few of these Zinnias made their way into the crowns. ( Many more sat beautifully in this watering can on the front porch) :.We then gathered up flowers in the garden to add into the flower wreaths.
.: Measuring the greenery base by wrapping around the glass lantern :.
.: Once the greenery base is formed, push through each flower then weave in the ends :.
Once all the ingredients are gathered, I place the wreath on the table. In the above photo you can see that I pushed each flower straight through the greenery.
The stems you see sticking out in the photo above will be woven in and around the wreath using the same technique that formed the original greenery base. Shown in the photos below.
.: In this photo you can see the vines and stems that are woven together to form the base :.
This final step will give you the opportunity to add fullness to the flower wreath with each stem that you add in. Weave each one up and around the last for a nice full wreath.
.: My daughter enjoys wearing these crowns. She wears them throughout the day :.I appreciate using simple greenery for some flower wreaths (like the one my son was wearing) and for some I will add in a multitude of colorful blooms.
.: The flower wreath is placed around a glass jar with a candle and set in among sea glass :.
Happy garden children are now donning their flower crowns while our porch table also has a pretty and fresh decoration--another simple gift of summer!
(These wreaths can be brought in for the evening and stored in the refrigerator to provide an extended life to the flowers.)May the beauty of summer join you while relaxing and in play!