Whimsical, girly and ethereal – floral accessories have been a huge trend over the SS14 season and luckily for us, Hong Kong doesn’t seem to show any signs of freezing over anytime soon. (Wear those blooms with pride, ladies!) From the catwalks to the sidewalk, floral headbands have been spotted on the likes of Millie Mackintosh, Kim K, Vanessa Hudgens, Lana Del Rey… the list goes on really. Although no longer exclusively reserved for the festival circuit, I figured, with arguably Hong Kong’s biggest music weekend on the horizon, it was time for me to roll up my sleeves, tap into my inner bohemian and DIY with some fashionable festival florals. Big on impact but deceptively simple to make, this DIY is a great way to flex your creative muscles and truly express your personal style.
What you need
Thick jewellery wire
Mix of fake flowers – Living Plaza by Aeon, Brighten and the flower market in Prince Edward have a good and affordable selection.
Hot glue gun and glue
Time to DIY
1. Gently wrap a length of wire around your head so it sits loosely around your forehead, leave one to two inches of extra slack.
2. Cut the wire with your pliers and wrap the extra inches at the end around each other to make a hoop.
3. Plug your glue gun into a power socket and once the glue is hot enough, start gluing your flowers to the wire.
4. Unravel a length of ribbon, approximately twice to three times the length of the wire hoop.
5. Using the glue gun, squeeze dots of glue along the wire and begin tightly wrapping the ribbon over and around, until the whole wire hoop is covered.
6. If you’re using a selection of different flowers (which I highly suggest!), use the glue gun to stick them in between the main flowers to build up the volume.
7. Cut another length of green ribbon and tie it to the back of the hoop.
And there you are – a thoroughly simple DIY that has endless creative possibilities. Even if you’re not a dab hand at arts ‘n crafts, I would highly recommend this project as it’s not too fiddly, the materials are easy to find in most stationary stores and the end result is both beautiful and dramatic.
How should I style this floral headband? I hear you ask? Well follow my simple tips and you will be one rockin’ boho-stylista at Clockenflap this weekend:
- Messy and tousled tresses are an absolute must. You’re at a festival after all, it’s not about having sleek and poker-straight hair.
- Don’t overdo the make up. Festivals are a marathon, not a sprint, so when it comes to keeping your face looking fresh through the day – neutral and natural is the way forward.
- Keep your outfit relaxed. A girly dress paired with a denim jacket and you’ll be good to go.
- Don’t go over-the-top with the hippie look. The headband works best as a statement piece, there’s no need to look as if you’re coming from a fancy dress party.
- Wear with pride! You’re the one wearing the headband, not the other way around!