5.23.2014

Clover Crown (aka: a fun headband)

If anyone's familiar with my art stuff, they'll know that I tend toward the freeform swirlies. Not like I have a problem with symmetrical stuff really, but I just tend to like stuff that goes wild.





This tends to be more my style. I really like it, but it is sort of fancy. My hair is growing out right now and I can't really do much with it so I wanted to try to make something that still had the same natural and intricate look, but was more casual and modern. 


... Disclaimer: As usual, my photo color temperatures are all over the damn chart because I don't know how to light a shoot to save my life. So I hope you can enjoy the content for what it is and forgive all the variation. : \




In my opinion. one of the best ways to make a more casual headband is with a symmetrical shape and not so many flowers. In this case I made clovers. I love clovers and you don't really see people decorate with clovers often enough.




If you try to make this, you're probably not going to find already made clovers, but you can use wire-stemmed leaves. They're sometimes called "corsage leaves". Most of the ones you find at the normal craft store are made of a nylon-polyester kind of faux silk. You can use those (I used some fabric leaves in this leftover from old stock before I went natural-materials-only in my business.) But if you can find mulberry paper leaves, they're most likely totally ecological. I get mine from a fairly paid, family-run business in Thailand. There are some mulberry paper companies in Thailand that even help employ women or people who have come from terrible employment conditions or brothels as an alternative form of employment. So just look into the company you're ordering from and find out what their story is and shop with a conscience!







Not sure what shape to do? You can lay an actual clover leaf down and cut around it.









You will probably want to have lots of clovers if you want to make it as full as I made mine, but you don't want them to look all the same. Covers have some natural variations. Usually a single patch will be all the same breed and mostly only vary in size... but I took a little liberty here with some shapes and shades cause I think it looks awesome..er.... awesomer.



Here's some ideas!




ARG! SO PRETTY!! ;.....;


Now for the actual headband!





Once you've got your pile of clovers made, it's pretty self-explanatory. You just twist them onto your headband wherever you like them. My headband is made out of the brown paper covered floral stem wire. You can find some really cool wires covered in things like natural bark that'd look fantastic, but this kind of light brown stemming you should be able to find at a craft store. I found the little mushrooms in an end cap at a Michael's craft store along with their miniature dollhouse things. I should get more. If I run out I think I might crai. They're trés trés cute!


 There we are! It's all done!

I've seen some people make some flower crowns online but uhhhh.... Mushrooms on mine so... I win.


I think that the colors in this photo are probably closest to what it looks like in real life. My other photos were all jacked up and I had to drop the saturation a lot. (I swear, I need a lesson in camera-ing or something. I really do try!)


I think that even if this kind of symmetrical wire style is not my normal vibe, I think I was able to put my own style into it and I like the way it turned out. I wore it out today with my yellow bunny shoes.

Overall it wasn't -too- much work to cut out these leaves. I don't really want to make them all again just for fun XD but I might make more if I were making one to sell. I think some hair clips or something in this style might also be a good way of getting the look but without all the endless cutting. : )


Anywho... enjoy!







Aren't I fanceh! n...n!