By Andrea Tomkins
I don’t have very much patience for anything that involves extensive weaving. (This pretty much eliminates any kind of knitting, crocheting, and rug-hooking projects.) So I was quite happy when my youngest daughter showed me how to make a very easy crown out of clover flowers that doesn’t require any weaving or tying or complicated knots. (Yay!)
The final result is so sweet I had to share it here. The clover flowers are everywhere now—and they smell lovely, too!
What you’ll need:
1. Use your fingernails to carefully split the stem of the clover flower down the middle. Don’t split the stem all the way down, you’re just making a slit large enough to pass another stem through it.
2. Pass a new flower through the slit you’ve made. Make another slit in that stem, adding flowers as you go. (I found a great visual tutorial over here.) Note that if you make the slit farther from the flower it will space them out more and you will require fewer flowers to complete your crown.
3. You can trim the stems down a bit after you’re done, but this is totally optional.
You can easily make this crown with dandelions, too. In fact, my daughters have made giant golden chains of dandelions when they come out in the early summer and decorated the tree branches with them. It’s a very pretty effect, but we like to make crowns best of all. It’s something for us to do during lazy summer picnics, and it makes an excellent wearable decoration for a fairy tea party, too.
Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999.