CLEA BROAD

MILLINER - FLORAL STYLIST - DESIGNER - MAKER

Fresh floral fashion tutorial: Dolce & Gabbana inspired party tiara

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Clea Broad Dolce & Gabbana Tiara

My final fresh floral fashion tutorial of the year is a fun and festive tiara, perfect for New Years Eve. It is inspired by a really beautiful crown from the Dolce & Gabbana SS17 Milan catwalk show. Take your cue from model Sara Witt and wear it with a bold lipstick to really turn heads. 

This is a fairly easy project to make and I defy you not to feel transported back to your childhood whilst enjoying the therapeutic glitter sprinkling. 

What you'll need: 

  • 2 stems of hypericum berries.
  • 2 stems of astrantia.
  • 1 small head of hydrangea.
  • Oasis floral adhesive.
  • Gold glitter.
  • A4 piece of thin card.
  • PVA craft glue.
  • A satin covered headband between 2 and 4cm wide.
  • Pen or pencil.
Clea Broad Dolce & Gabbana Tiara

Step 1: 

  • On your sheet of thin card, draw a tiara shape as tall and long as you like and in any shape you like.  My crown is the length of the A4 sheet and about 8 cm high at the central tip. 
  • Cut the card shape out (see the above photo).
  • Glue the cut out card shape to the satin covered headband so that is sits centrally and the  bottom edge runs close to and parallel to the bottom edge of the band.
  • Set this aside for about an hour to dry. 
  • After an hour, working in sections, apply a thin layer of PVA glue to the card and the satin band and sprinkle with glitter. Repeat until you have covered the whole tiara, with the exception of the inside of the band where it sits on the forehead. Leave to dry for a couple of hours or preferably overnight. 
Clea Broad Dolce & Gabbana Tiara

Step 2:

  • Cut a few heads off the astrantia stem so that the back of the flower is flat. Put a small amount of Oasis floral adhesive on the back of the flowers and a few dabs on the tiara where you would like them to stick. 
  • After a minute or so when the glue is tacky, stick the flowers to the glue dabs.
  • Repeat this with some hypericum berries and then with some hydrangea heads.
  • Keep repeating with the selection of flowers and berries until you have covered the whole of the tiara. 
  • Leave to dry for a small while before wearing. 

Tips:

  • You can use any small headed flowers and firm berries for this project. I have chosen astrantia, hydrangea and hypericum as they will all last at least a day or 2 out of water looking fresh. This is a good option if you want to make this the day before your party or even wear it a couple of nights out in a row.
  • Ideally you want to make the base of the tiara and cover in glitter the day before you want to wear it, to give the glue plenty of time to dry out.
  • You want to stick the flowers and berried quite close together but there should be a small amount of glitter shimmering between them to catch the light.

Floral Fashion: Clea Broad

Photography: Hunter Rae Photography

Styling: Andie Redman

Wallpaper:  Eleni Aegean Blue by Sanderson / Paint: Paloma & Louis Blue by Annie Sloan