a day out in rutgers gardens to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air with my good friend ali turned out to be equally dreadful as it was lovely. while seeing plenty of natural life, we also discovered the park was a local couples' hot-spot and found more than one couple snuggling or making out. bitter singles that we are, we laughed spitefully at them, but also at ourselves. with only each other for (platonic) company, we contented ourselves with aimless walks around the park and eating the italian ice we'd brought along.
the trip made a turn for the best when i found out ali knew how to make flower crowns. and this isn't your typical flower crown diy--- ali showed me how to make them without glue or wire! it's 100% all-natural and apparently a skill he picked up as a kid growing up near a farm. now ali's going to show you how to make your own, too!
the all-natural flower crown
1. pick out a tree branch thin enough, but also bendy enough to be the base for your crown. (we used the branches of a weeping willow tree for ours!) make sure it's also long enough to wrap around your head twice.
2. clear that branch of any extra limbs or leaves completely.
3. begin to wrap the branch around itself in an over-under wrapping motion.
4. the finished base should look something like this! if evenly wrapped, the two ends of the tree branch should meet, and also help hold each other in place.
5. pick out your flower bush of choice. (i asked ali to fit my crown full of white flowers!)
6. when picking your flowers, try to keep as much of the stem connecting to it as possible. this will help to weave your flowers into the crown's base.
7. your flowers' stems should weave in and out of the crown's base like this.
8. continue weaving flowers into your crown until you feel like you have enough, and don't forget to add some leaves for some variation!
now you're finished, and that crown should be ready to wear!