To be honest, I've never really enjoyed DIY projects.
Seriously though. I was always that kid who would rather forego the grueling hours spent working on a project in exchange for simply buying an even nicer version online or at the store. If it was something I genuinely enjoyed doing, like making pinch pots (ha!), then I had no problem giving it a go. But if the DIY experience was just so-so? No thanks. Ain't nobody got time for that.
So, needless to say I was pretty surprised when I got the urge to DIY a flower crown the other day. I think it mostly comes down to the fact that I simply wasn't willing to spend the money on something that would be worthless in a few days (assuming I opted for fresh flowers). So what did I do? I went out and dropped $30(!!!) on some silk flowers (I still wasn't interested in buying something that would wilt in a few days, regardless of if I was DIYing or not) and decided to get a little artsy. Here's to trial and error...
The first thing I did once I unwrapped all of the goods was figure out how I wanted to arrange the flowers. I knew when I was shopping for the flowers that I wanted a symmetrical layout featuring three large pink roses, so I popped off some of the buds on the green flowers and started to fill in the gaps.
I then grabbed my hemp and measured my head. Please, please please leave some extra room when you do the measuring. The crown will get tighter as you attach the flowers and believe me, you do NOT want the stems or wire jabbing you in the scalp.
Once I cut the hemp I measured out the wire accordingly. When choosing a wire, look for the thicker options. This will make your crown sturdier overall and help to keep the flowers secure.
I then cut the flowers off their "vines", leaving about a two inch stem to wrap my wire around. Many tutorials recommend following up by wrapping the stems in floral tape, but this isn't necessarily a mandatory step if you're working with fake flowers, especially roses. However, this did come in handy with my smaller green flowers, as each little bud was on a separate stem growing from the main one that I'd be wrapping the wire around once I wanted to secure it to my crown.
FYI: If this is your first time assembling a flower crown, it may be beneficial to stick with fake flowers until you grasp the basics. I know that if I had been working with real flowers, I definitely would've ended up destroying them in the process of connecting them to the crown. It's a lot harder than it looks!
After I taped my green flower clusters together I began to attach each stem to the hemp by wrapping and securing the wire. It' important to coil the wire tightly around each stem and secure the stem horizontally. This prevents the stem from sticking out straight and consequently nailing you in the scalp when you put on the crown. I did this until my ensemble was done and finished it with a sturdy knot in the back.
Also note: cut your wire longer than the length you want your flowers to span. Since you're coiling it, you'll run out fast.
Feel free to comment below with any questions! I tried to make things as straightforward as possible, but venturing into the world of DIY projects is always a challenge for me *sigh*.
Got any tricks when it comes to making flower crowns? Any other (easy) DIY projects I should try?
"Care what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner." - Lao Tzu
If I could tell all women everywhere just one thing, it would be this:
F*ck what other people think of you.
I wrote a Motivational Monday post a few weeks ago on why fear is SO boring, but I never really got down to the nitty gritty on what I think scares people the most.
It's funny, because there are so many things to worry about in life, and yet almost all of us subconsciously choose to stress over what other people have to think/say about us.
First off, thanks to all of ya'll who stopped by last week to check out the first ever "Weekend Edit". I really enjoyed getting a bit more personal with you guys, and I got a generous amount of positive feedback to boot!
But let's talk about this weekend, shall we?
I mean, it was kind of a big deal since R. turned 21...on Sunday.
So it obviously wasn't the wildest time haha, but we had a lot of fun going midnight bowling and eating too much cookie cake on Saturday night. For those of ya who don't know, Richard's interning in Pittsburgh this semester, so I really didn't care what we did this weekend as long as we could spend it together.
Ah, another edition of "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week". I'm so happy I started this series last month, because it's been such fun for me to share these ideas with you guys! Richard's birthday is this weekend, so I'm not sure how many of 'em I'll be able to try, but the though of making these wholesome carrot muffins during my spring break next week is totally giving me life right now.
And before we jump right into the rest of your tentative weekend to-do list, I want to note: if you enjoy these posts, you should definitely sign up for my "Weekly Dose of Inspiration" newsletter. It goes hand in hand with "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week", but in the newsletter I share even more personalized, exclusive content like weekly reading suggestions, killer playlists, dope quotes, style steals & even more (yes, it's possible to pack even more value into a weekly newsletter, I swear!).
If there's one thing that I think almost all bloggers fear above all, it's running out of ideas. I mean, let's be honest...writer's block is a huge pain in the a$$ — especially if you're relying on your blog as a source of income.
I wrote about how comparison has stifled my creativity in the past here, but there's a few other tips that I didn't note in that post that have helped me to grow as a writer and blogger immensely.
In fact, I almost never question what I'm going to write about nowadays.
That's coming from a girl who used to stare at her computer for hours trying to come up with the "perfect" post idea.
"5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week" is a recurring series on The Blonde Chiffon. New edits are published every Friday, and the intent is to give readers a concise list of amazing thoughts/projects/trends to try over the weekend and into the next week. I hope that you are as inspired as I am by these finds!
As the saying goes, worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. I feel the same way about fear, which remains at the top of my shit list indefinitely. After all, there's really nothing remarkable about fear. No excitement, and certainly no enjoyment.
And did I mention that it's f*cking boring?
In lieu of a typical #MotivationalMonday edit this week, let's talk about something a bit different — something that just so happens to be most creative entrepreneurs' biggest frenemy.
Whaaaat? Isn't inspiration supposed to be my BFFL, you ask? Well, the funny thing about inspiration is that, when it's there for you, it's on freaking point. When it's not though? That's another story...
I was super surprised last Friday at the positive reaction to my first "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week" post. I always click on these types of articles on other blogs, but I had no idea how much others would enjoy my own finds!
For some reason, this week's content was particularly easy to stumble upon, and it's safe to say that I'm going to be trying all of the above in the very near future (aka Saturday & Sunday).
If I could go back in time and give my 15-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be this:
Love yourself. Always.
I recently read the book You Are a Badass, and every single chapter ended with that reminder. The message was that important.
Though it's taken me many years to "master" this concept, I still feel like I'm ahead of the curve. In a world that's dominated by social media, getting trapped in a never-ending cycle of comparison is seemingly inevitable (though, I wrote about why it doesn't have to be here). Not to mention the fact that virtually everything nowadays is photoshopped to death. I love, love, love that raw, real life is slowly but surely becoming the new "it" thing (thank u Snapchat & Insta stories).
Similar to my Motivational Monday posts, rounding up some of my favorite content on the web quickly evolved into one of my very first series I started writing once I hit "publish" on TBC in 2014. Since then, I've gravitated more towards creating, rather than curating. That's something that I'm proud of, because it's honestly much harder (and a much longer road to success) than just constantly rounding up other people's content. We've all seen those posts on Pinterest that have a bazillion repins, but all of the "150 Hacks/Recipes/etc." in the article are just links to other blogs. It's fun reading them once in awhile, but I'm a total believer in the need to create organic content if you want to develop a sustainable online community. Ya with me?