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DIY Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Looking through my Inspiration board on Pinterest, I realized I had a lot of flower crown images pinned. Something about them is so fun and ethereal. With my whole neighborhood blooming with spring flowers, I was inspired to finally make my own. Instead of using fresh flowers that would only last a day at best, I used high quality silk flowers. I picked mine up from Shinoda Design Center in Orange County.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

I wanted a blushy and muted color palette so I picked up light pinks, soft yellows, creams, and whites in the forms of roses, ranunculus, carnations, and peonies.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

A few other things you’ll need: floral wire, floral tape, needle-nose pliers, and stem wire.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Start with your stem wire. Take 1 piece, and wrap it around the front of your head where you want the crown to rest. Take the 2nd wire and repeat for the back of your head. Bring the two pieces together and wrap the wires together in the overlapping sections. You should have an oval about the size of your head. Test the size and adjust as needed.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Take a 3-inch piece of floral tape and wrap it tightly around the exposed wire ends.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Snip each flower with a few inches of its steam remaining. Lay out how you want your flowers to be arranged. Beginning with your largest flower, lay it against the stem wire. Using two pieces of floral wire, wrap and secure the flower to the stem wire at the base of the flower and at the end of the cut stem. Continue adding flowers using this method.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

When you are finished adding flowers, make sure any exposed floral wire and loose stems are covered with floral tape. This secures the flowers and will protect your head and hair from scratches and snags.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

And here’s the completed flower crown!

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

And thanks to Design*Sponge for featuring our project on their Instagram yesterday!

DIY Woven Chain Necklace

DIY Woven Chain Necklace | Dressed In Orange

A coworker of mine receives the monthly PopSugar Must Have box, and in July’s package came a rose gold double chain necklace from BaubleBar.  It was quickly decided that the necklace didn’t quite suit anyone’s style in the office, so I decided to take the orphaned necklace home for a DIY spruce-up.

DIY Woven Chain Necklace | Dressed In OrangeAll you need is embroidery thread and a yarn needle with a large eye (you can also use bobby pins to grip each group of threads). Have two sets of embroidery thread, each made of 10-15 strands which measure 4x the length of your chain.  The number of strands you use depends on how chunky you want your weave to be.  I used 10 strands in varying, but related colors per set.

Knot the 2 sets of threads together.  Weave the (in the example) blue-white set under and through the first chain link.  Bring that same thread set back over the chain.  Take the blue-green set and lay it on top of the first set.  Pull the blue-green set through the same link.  Repeat the process by moving into the other links.  Finish by knotting the threads at the end of the chain.  Because this is a double chain necklace, I repeated the process with slight color variations on the additional chain.

It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of the technique, but once you hit a rhythm, it’s pretty easy.

DIY Woven Chain Necklace | Dressed In Orange

DIY Woven Chain Necklace | Dressed In Orange

Blooming Sunnies

DIY Blooming SunniesWhen I saw this DIY on HonestlyWTF, I knew I had to make a pair.  I bought some ceramic flowers on Etsy and a cheap pair of plastic sunglasses from Forever21.  I made sure to pick frames with enough of a flat surface to hold a few flowers.  The project cost less than $10 dollars and only took a few quick minutes to make.  These will be perfect for a lazy summer afternoon in Dolores Park.

DIY Blooming SunniesMy roommate graciously modeled for me. 

DIY Blooming Sunnies | Dressed In Orange

Pom Pom Zipper Pull

Make your own Pom Pom zipper pull or bag charm, via Dressed in Orange

After seeing several different renditions of Pom Pom zipper pulls and bag charms, I decided it would be fun to make my own. There are a lot of really bright and colorful versions of these available on Etsy, but the beauty in making your own is that you can customize the colors to suit your favorite bags. I chose stone, wood, and paper beads in white, black, and turquoise to complement the new purse I got at the Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale two weeks ago. Keep reading for the full instructions >>

DIY Elastic Hair Ties

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In Orange

Anthropologie sells adorable elastic hair ties in fun, seasonal colors and patterns for $12 for only 5 hair ties.  No thanks!  I knew I could easily make these myself at a fraction of the price and only in the colors I want.  I picked out pastels for Spring, and plan to make more as the seasons change.  Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In OrangeFold over elastic, shears, Fray Check

You can make about 4 hair ties with 1 yard of elastic.  You may want to adjust depending on the thickness of your hair and the width of the elastic.

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In Orange

With each cut piece of elastic, fold it in half, and make a loose knot.  Pull the knot towards the cut end to secure.  Trim the end by cutting on the bias.  To prevent from fraying, I applied Fray Check to the cut edges. And that’s it!  Probably the easiest DIY project you can do.  I made 16 hair ties in just a few minutes…even while watching TV and snacking.

DIY Elastic Hair Ties via Dressed In Orange