Making a crown of flowers is easy – and it’s a beautiful way to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
The Summer Solstice, when the sun is at the height of its power and nature is bursting with life, has been marked throughout history. Even though a lot of the ancient traditions have been lost in the mysteries of time, we know that the turning of the Wheel of Life has been honoured with celebrations throughout the millennia as so many stone circles are aligned with the Solstice.
With the Earth alive with flowers now, wearing flower crowns is part of many rituals, especially here in Findhorn!
All you need are:
Willow or another bendable twig.
1. Bend the willow gently into a circle. Try it on and see if it sits comfortably on your head. It needs to fit tightly, with a little space for flowers. (Don’t make it too loose or you might find it slipping off your head and onto your neck.) Fix the ends with wool and tie a firm knot.
2. Cut off a long piece of wool. Take a small bundle of flowers and place it on your willow crown. Wrap the string around the flowers and the willow a few times and tie a tight knot.
(You can leave the stems of the flowers long and tie them in with the next flowers to come.)
3. Keep adding small bunches of flowers and wrap the wool around them several times tightly. No need to make knots at this point, just make sure that you always have a firm grip on your wool so that the flowers stay in place.
If you run out of wool before you finish the whole crown, tie a knot on the finishing thread and start with a new piece of wool.
Enjoy wearing your flower crown and your Summer Solstice celebrations!
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