There is a picture tucked into one of the albums of my youth. I am wearing a rose-colored, calico pinafore over a three-quarter sleeve white shirt (all handmade by my momma) with a baby’s breath crown on my head. Ribbon strips on the backside hang down my back. My blond hair is a bit fuzzy and, though I can’t remember for sure if any of my teeth were missing, I am of the age when it was possible. The crown definitely had that countrified 80s style flair. Haha!
I loved the crown; it was a dress-up favorite. It was just fancy enough for a little princess dancer to wear while twirling but not too special to keep for only special occasions. I thought Love Bug would thoroughly enjoy a baby’s breath crown. She loves all that is fancy.
Baby’s breath always seems to play second fiddle in flower arrangements. Its small florets are often tucked in next to larger, bolder flowers. However, baby’s breath is wonderful on its own. I remember pushing Bug on a walk one day when she was still very little and one of the turns was right by a baby’s breath bush. I often stopped, breathed in its aroma and smiled. It smelled just like my little Bug’s sweet breath. I’ve adored it ever since.
-green floral tape
*The wire type is up to you. The higher the gauge, the easier it is to manipulate. I used a steel wire, I think, 18 gauge. I can’t remember what it was exactly because the packaging is gone.
First, form a halo to fit the head you’re crowning. I created hooks with the two ends, hooked them together and then pinched each hook with the pliers so they stayed closed.
Cut the baby breath stems into small bunches. You can decide what size works for you. I used the size shown below to the right. Start with one bunch, lay it against the wire and wrap around it with the floral tape. Continue around the circle, tucking baby’s breath bunches in and wrapping it with the tape.
I chose to cover a little more than half with the flowers and wrapped the rest of it with just the floral tape.
That’s it! It goes pretty quick and then you have a simple (and beautiful) baby’s breath crown.