How-To: El Día de los Muertos Catrina Floral Crown
El día de los muertos is such a touching and important celebration. It reminds us to celebrate our loved ones, and to be appreciative of our lives and the journey ahead of us. Many choose to celebrate by dressing up as the Catrina with iconic white skull makeup and floral crown.
With el día de los muertos in mind, I created a pretty and dramatic Catrina floral crown. You can also use this as part of a Frida Kahlo costume, or simply wear it just because.
Making a floral crown headband is easier than you’d think. This cost about $14 for the silk roses, headband and ribbon (I had the scissors and hot glue gun at home) and took a couple of hours. Here’s how to do it.
You Will Need
- Wired ribbon
- Wired, silk flowers
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Here’s How to Do It
If the flower crown is for an adult, select full, large roses. If it’s for a child, smaller flowers should be more in proportion. Trim the wires of the flowers. You’ll need only a couple of inches to wrap around the headband. You’ll secure the flowers with hot glue later.
Start with the largest, or prettiest, flower in the center of the headband. Wrap the wire around the headband taking care to keep the wire’s sharp ends away from the inside of the band – so it doesn’t poke the wearer.
Continue selecting and wrapping flowers working from the center of the headband out to the sides. As you get closer to the ends of the headband, use smaller flowers. Stop adding flowers about 3 inches from the ends of the headband. This will ensure that most of the flowers are at the crown of your head when you put it on. Secure some of the flowers with hot glue.
While the glue is still a little tacky, but not boiling hot, start wrapping the ribbon around the band making sure to cover the wires. It doesn’t have to be perfect, the point of the ribbon is to help secure the flowers and conceal the wires. Add more hot glue as needed.
Tuck in some of the green leaves to fill in some of the holes in the crown and to give it a fuller “floral arrangement” look. Secure with a couple of dots of hot glue as needed. Once that dries, wear it with pride and enjoy!