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DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb

by Gwendolyn McKenzie

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

I’ve been a longtime fan of flower hair combs, and I’ve got to say, it’s nearly impossible to have a bad day when you’re wearing flowers in your hair. This year, I’m giving my favorite hair accessory a refresh with a modern twist on the classic hair comb.

I’m stepping outside the flower section and including some of my favorite plants like succulents and Tillandsia. Then, for a geometric pop, I’m adding some delicate copper shapes to the mix. I hope this is the year you discover wearing flowers in your hair is indeed for the cool kids. —Gwendolyn

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

Supplies

  • Hair comb (I find the plastic kind easier to wear, but any will work)
  • Floral wire
  • Brass wire
  • Succulents
  • Tillandsia
  • Flowers

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

Step 1: Begin by choosing which flower you want to build your hair comb around. I went with hardy Bachelor Buttons and just couldn’t resist this gorgeous crop of pink Ranunculus. Using a sharp pair of shears, carefully cut the blooms you’d like to use at the base of the stem.

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

Step 2: Once you have a focal point chosen, it’s time to pair it with one of your succulents. I just love how the pink tips of the Echeveria really off set the blue of the Bachelor Buttons (don’t worry if some of the outer leaves have blemishes; you can remove them during assembly).

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

Step 3: The last ingredient of your modern floral hair comb is a Tillandsia. There are quite a few types of air plants to choose from — I went with a more dramatic, spiky variety for this one, but you could use smaller, more delicate kinds, too.

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

Step 4: Assemble! Start by cutting a short length of floral wire and piercing your air plant through the base. Next, start wrapping the wire through the prongs of the hair comb until securely fixed in place.

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

Add on your flower and continue wrapping the wire around the comb. Once you’re happy with the floral elements, cut any excess floral wire and tuck the end through the base of your succulent.

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

Step 5: For the finishing touch, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to bend the copper wire into delicate shapes. I went with simple forms like squiggles and hexagons, but you can get as intricate (or simple) as you’d like. Once complete, just leave a little extra room in the wire and secure to the hair comb (but wrapping around your flowers).

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge

That’s all there is to it! I hope these fun flower hair combs blossom into your favorite look.

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Supplies Hair comb (I find the plastic kind easier to wear, but any will work) Floral wire Brass wire Succulents Tillandsia Flowers DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 1: Begin by choosing what flower you want to build your hair comb around. I went with hardy Bachelor Buttons and just couldn't resist this gorgeous crop of pink Ranunculus. Using a sharp pair of shears, carefully cut the blooms you'd like to use at the base of the stem. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 2: Once you have a focal point chosen, it's time to pair it with one of your succulents. I just love how the pink tips of the Echeveria really off set the blue of the Bachelor Buttons, and don't worry if some of the outer leaves have blemishes, you can remove them during assembly. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 3: The last ingredient of your modern floral hair comb is of course... a Tillandsia! There's quite a few types of air plants to choose from, I went with a more dramatic, spiky variety for this one, but you could use smaller, more delicate kinds too. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 4: Assemble! Start by cutting a short length of floral wire and piercing your air plant through the base. Next, begin wrapping the wire through the prongs of the hair comb until securely fixed in place. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Add on your flower and continue wrapping the wire around the comb. Once you're happy with the floral elements, cut any excess floral wire and tuck the end through the base of your succulent. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 5: For the finishing touch, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to bend the copper wire into delicate shapes. I went with simple forms like squiggles and hexagons, but you can get as intricate (or simple) as you'd like. Once complete, just leave a little extra room in the wire and secure to the hair comb but wrapping around your other flowers. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge That's all there is to it!

DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Supplies Hair comb (I find the plastic kind easier to wear, but any will work) Floral wire Brass wire Succulents Tillandsia Flowers DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 1: Begin by choosing what flower you want to build your hair comb around. I went with hardy Bachelor Buttons and just couldn't resist this gorgeous crop of pink Ranunculus. Using a sharp pair of shears, carefully cut the blooms you'd like to use at the base of the stem. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 2: Once you have a focal point chosen, it's time to pair it with one of your succulents. I just love how the pink tips of the Echeveria really off set the blue of the Bachelor Buttons, and don't worry if some of the outer leaves have blemishes, you can remove them during assembly. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 3: The last ingredient of your modern floral hair comb is of course... a Tillandsia! There's quite a few types of air plants to choose from, I went with a more dramatic, spiky variety for this one, but you could use smaller, more delicate kinds too. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 4: Assemble! Start by cutting a short length of floral wire and piercing your air plant through the base. Next, begin wrapping the wire through the prongs of the hair comb until securely fixed in place. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Add on your flower and continue wrapping the wire around the comb. Once you're happy with the floral elements, cut any excess floral wire and tuck the end through the base of your succulent. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge Step 5: For the finishing touch, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to bend the copper wire into delicate shapes. I went with simple forms like squiggles and hexagons, but you can get as intricate (or simple) as you'd like. Once complete, just leave a little extra room in the wire and secure to the hair comb but wrapping around your other flowers. DIY Modern Floral Hair Comb // Design Sponge That's all there is to it!

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Comments

  • This is so cute! It would be fun to make these for my wedding. How long did the flowers and succulents last before they started to wilt?

    • succulents will last even a week. tillandsia will stay forever (it is taking the water from the air). cut flowers will stay maybe a day if they are strong and they are not burned with sun. you can wrap a short stem of flower with some cotton wool with water and then cover it with floral tape – they will be happy longer. flowers with no stem are dying faster

  • INFATUATED. with this Hair accessories DIY. Would love to see this on a bunch of bridesmaids or wear this look out while out on a picnic with BAE.

    Cityrocka Perry

  • oh my, now you’ve got me! That was me in the late 60th – I was never seen without flowers in my hair – lovely to see this revival. I’m still, from time to time, just nipping something from my garden and stick in my hair (up or down – pony tail or what…) – I only dislike the ‘squiggly’ bits as you call them, in my eyes it takes away from the simple beauty of the natural look and makes it look artificial (a bit like the luckily passing fashion of adding pearls to flower bunches and arrangements at the florists). But having said that, I love it!

  • Those are so beautiful, I can imagine how nice can be to have a photo having them in my hair! I will make one soon. Nature provide us the most beautiful things and your arrangement is fabulous, as well

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