You will need
- carbon blade scissors (to cut everything to size)
- 60cm of chicken wire (for shape and structure)
- extra wire bent into pins (for securing)
- your choice of flowers and leaves
- a handful (about 30 strings) of long raffia
We used the exotic varieties below but you can find beautiful blooms all year round. For summer Delphinium, Freesia, Lisianthus and Lavender are the most fragrant. Winter brings woody pine, Lilac and Grape Hyacinth.
(scented cream variety)
Roll the chicken wire and bend into a circle. Twist the raffia around the wire, followed by the leaves and secure.
Ensure no wires are sticking out that might scratch your head.
Cut small sections (about 1 inch long) from the wire and bend into a U shape to create pins.
Evenly spread the larger flowers around the ring and pin into place.
For a visually stunning garland, use a base of seasonal foliage plus a variety of flowers - pick one that's long and spiky, a full petaled bloom, a petite one and so on.
Fill the gaps in between the large flowers with smaller flowers and continue until your headdress is full.
Artistically arrange the small palm leaves using only the stem tips for an authentic Tahitian finishing touch.
Keep your flowers fresher for longer. Place tissue paper in a box and lay the garland on top. Mist with a water spray. Use another layer of tissue on top and spray again.