The fall colors are beautiful and I know all my photographer friends are planning their fall projects, if they haven't already started. The bright and most beautiful colors are still a couple weeks out for me, but I got a jump on it with this super simple DIY crown project. I can't wait to shoot with it.
Right now the craft stores are brimming with fall colored foliage. You can find most of what you need in the floral section, but for the crown itself, you can get what you need right outside your door. This crown used the following:
1. Sticks- bendable, pliable sticks . You should be able to bend them without breaking them. 2. Twine or floral wire 3. Floral light string LED with the little tiny battery pack.
4 fall foliage floral picks 5. Hot glue and glue gun. 6. silk leaves 7. bobby pins, empty floral picks, or just plain wire.
Step one: Make the base of the crown.
Use your sticks and weave them together, lashing them with your twine or floral wire. You may hot glue them in several spots to make the crown more secure. Not too much though, or you won't be able to add your decorations.
Step Two: Weave your LED wire around the crown, with the battery pack at the base or the back. Secure with wire or twine. Hot glue will melt the wire, don't use that. If you want the lights to stand out more, you can wait until you've added your decorations, but it is more work to weave it in and keep the wires from showing. For my crown, I just wanted a hint of fairytale glow.
Step Three: Demolish your picks and make your filler leaves. The floral picks you bought are probably little bits of leaves, raffia, fake pumpkins and random bits held together by floral tape. Tear them apart and toss the bits you don't like. I threw out the stupid fake pumpkins and gourds but kept the acorns and baby pinecones. I also liked the little berry looking things. Make your filler leaves into picks by hot gluing several leaves to a bobby pin, floral wire or pick.
Step Four: Stick your picks, leaves, and random bits into the holes between the sticks on your crown. You can make your crown as full or as spare as will suit your needs. Hot glue where needed to secure, or lash with floral wire or twine. Keep in mind where the "back" of your crown is and where the battery pack will fall when on someone's head. You can always add more leaves to fill it out after you're done and they work well to hide any of the wire that might show through.
Step Five: Upload your finished work to my facebook page so I can see your beautiful creations! I'll feature my favorites and shoutout to your business pages.
My Fellow Fine Artists
Tammy Zurak of Z Photog Studio | Memphis, TN, USA | Fine Art/Illustrative Photography Gallery:
Pam Korman of District Photography | Philadelphia, PA, USA | Fine Art Photography:
www.bonniealrifai.com Fine art photography
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