Wednesday, February 24, 2010

DIY Hair Flower

For the big day, there is no doubt about it- I'm wearing my hair back and up off my neck. It's an outdoor ceremony in July and I am not dealing with that mess.

After looking around at pictures for inspiration, I finally decided I wanted three things: messy and textured, low in the back, and a flower in my hair.

Now, I've seen some of these momba-ba-jombas sell for $60. I don't have that kind of dough.

My fellow JulyX Knotties were showing their amazing DIY flowers they had done, and it looked pretty easy. So yesterday I meandered to Michael's to assess their floral situation.

First off, I really wanted to use a tiger lily, since that is a huge part of not only our flowers, but also the deciding factor for our color scheme. After searching around, I seriously could not find anything that wasn't the size of a Volvo. These things were gargantuan!

I began looking at anything that was orange and stumbled upon some orchids. They had a the same coloring I was looking for, and the size was pretty much spot on. However, it was $4.99 for a bunch of them, and I honestly was only going to use one bud. What was I going to do with the other $4.98 worth of product?

An employee saw me, and asked if I needed any assistance. I told her my idea, and the predicament of wasting $5 for one little bud. Before I could say anything else, she pulls off a bud from the stem I was holding and handed it to me. "Is this enough?" she said, "Go ahead, just take it."


I thanked her profusely and left the store without even looking at anything else I would need for the project. When I got home, I pulled the bud apart and started to reassemble the petals. I wanted to add a little shazam in the middle, so I found an old faux pearl earring that had lost it's mate years ago. I pulled it off the setting and with a hot glue gun I affixed it all together.
I'm still debating if I want to attach it to an alligator clip, or a comb.

Here is the (almost) final product:

pardon the blob of glue on the small petal... it's gone now

It's not a tiger lily, but I really really love it. It's exactly the right size, and it did. not. cost. me. a. dime.

What do you think??

PS.. here is a step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the look with white flowers .


Danielle and Clint said...

I wore a flower in my hair for my wedding also! I had found an awesome artist on Etsy that made mine for about $18!! It was made out of fabric. If you wanna see it, look here:

Yours looks so cute! I love flowers in brides hair. After the viel comes off, it adds something charming to the look.

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I love it! and I love the orchid.

Shannon said...

I approve :)

That's my fave bride hairstyle, pulled back and low with a flower. Gorg.

Erica said...

Love those deals! This is going to be gorgeous. Just be sure to stick it in a dust free area, maybe a ziploc baggie because those silk flowers seriously attract the dust. You want it to be bright and fresh for the big day! I sure hope you post lots of pics come July. Best wishes!