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Floral Bun Wraps

Time for another DIY project involving fake flowers and wire. It’s just so fun! Bun wraps are a less in-your-face version of the flower crown I shared a while back. You can make them with any kind of fake flower that floats your boat. And they’re so simple- really you only need wire and flowers! Plus, once I got a wire-twisting system down, it took me all of ten minutes to put together a bun wrap from start to finish. Start now and give them as gifts (or keep a million for yourself). They instantly make a casual outfit more put together or add a little fun to a dressy outfit. Have fun with flowers- it’s spring!

Supplies:

– Fake flowers (about 5-8, depending on how large they are)

– Floral wire

– Wire cutters

– Floral tape (optional, for smoothing out unruly bits of wire)

– Pliers (optional, for grasping wire while attaching flowers)

Assembly:

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 4.20.42 PMMeasure 10-12 inches of wire. Double the wire and wrap the two strands around each other until you get two loops at both ends (as you can see from the picture, the first time I made one I tripled the wire- I then discovered that’s mostly unnecessary)Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 4.21.20 PMWhen you’ve twisted all the wire around, leave a little loop on both ends and secure with floral tape if you’re feeling wary about pointy pieces of wire.Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 4.22.09 PMYour wrap should now look like the picture on the left. Cut your flowers as close as you can to the edge without breaking them (I discovered this varies according to different kinds of fake flowers- some need a bit of stem or they fall apart, others can be cut almost up to the very edge, don’t be afraid to play around!)Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 4.22.57 PMAttach the flowers to the wire base by wrapping pieces of wire (2-3 inches) first around the flower stem a few times, then around the base. Use the pliers to get a tight grip on the wire without destroying your nails! Repeat until you’ve made it all the way around the base. Ta da!

Meet the lovely Kelsey- my model for my first bun wrap. I love how she styled it with a casual bun, it looks like the flowers are just naturally in her hair. Scroll down for my styling of a different wrap with a more structured bun!

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