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    Here's How To Actually Make A Gorgeous Flower Crown

    Because you need more flower crowns in your life.

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    Summer's in full swing, and along with that comes the 4th of July, festivals — and flower crowns.

    Whether it's an outdoor wedding...

    ...a pride parade...

    ...or any old Saturday...

    ...you can find flower crowns just about everywhere.

    Here's how to make your own.

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    More flower crowns = more happiness.

    1. Pick out your flowers.

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    Choose a mix of large and small ones, and make sure to pick up some un-flowered greenery too. If your flowers have lots of individual leaves on the stems near the bloom, you'll need to trim those leaves off.

    To make your flower crown last as long as possible: Trim about an inch off the bottom of each flower then put them in a vase of water for at least an hour, adding flower food if they came with it. That way, the blooms are well hydrated before you begin building your crown.

    2. Measure a length of floral wire around your head.

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    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Leave about ¼ inch of wiggle room, because you're going to pack it with a bunch of greenery in just a second. We used this wire, $2.99.

    3. Pick out a few flexible pieces of your un-flowered greenery, and use short lengths of wire to secure it to the wire base.

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    Suddenly it's a circle of greenery instead of a circle of floral wire. This will be the base for your fabulous creation.

    Mix it up with a variety of un-flowered greens.

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    4. Now you're ready to start adding flowers! Clip each flower so it has somewhere between ½ inch and 2 inches of stem beneath it.

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    5. Secure the flower to the greenery base by wrapping a spiral of floral wire around the stem.

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    Cathy Ngo / BuzzFeed

    If you have more than a ½ inch of stem, you may need to secure the flower with wire both at the base of the bloom and at the end of the stem. Make sure the ends of your wire aren't pointing to the inside of the circle. Otherwise, they'll poke your scalp when you put the crown on.

    Here's what a finished spiral looks like.

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    6. Now all you do is add flowers until your crown feels finished!

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    The blooms should face outward, of course, because your head needs to be inside the circle.

    You can stick with a simple color scheme and composition.

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    Jeremy Mazur for BuzzFeed

    Your wedding colors, for example.

    Or get SUPER colorful with it.

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    Or go with a holiday theme — like red, white, and blue for the 4th of July.

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    Special thanks to Jeremy Mazur for help with original photos.

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