Dandelion crowns, a tutorial

April 25, 2013

I promised a few gals that I would show a tutorial for dandelion crowns next time I make one, and since I really have to mow the lawn, here’s a (long winded) how-to, with a much easier diagram at the end…so you can skip over the boring photos…lol. Dandelions have beautifully bendy stems, except for the super thick stemmed ones, and make fantastic, sunny ephemeral crowns.

Step one: pick a handful of dandelions with as long a stem as you can manage.
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Pick up one with a very long stem in your left hand. This will be your base line. Pick up a second with a reasonably long stem in your right hand. Cross the stem of the right hand one over the stem of the left hand one at the flower heads. 037 copy

Hold both flowers at the “cross” of stems with your left hand and bend the right-handed dandelion stem behind the left-handed dandelion stem.041 copy

Now bend the left dandelion stem, which is now perpendicular to the right one, towards you, between the two flowers.
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Bring the bent stem parallel with the right stem.
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Hold both the flowers in your left hand, pick up a third flower and loop the stem of the third flower over both the first two flower stems and between the second and third flower heads and parallel with the first two stems.
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Continue with another, and another…see how the chain is starting to form?
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Longer and longer it goes, careful not to choose dandelions with stems which all end in the same place. Try to vary the stem lengths.
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Within a few minutes you’ll have a lovely long chain.
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Cut a length of twine, grab a twist tie or even some sturdy grass blades and tie the beginning to the end of the chain.
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And find a freckle-faced princess. (Joking, she doesn’t need to have freckles, any old princess will do)
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Just not a Morgan princess!
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Here’s a quick diagram. Now go out and have some fun. When I was a child I was fascinated by the moss removal guide by expert lawn technicians, ( yes , I know I was a weird kid ) IT’s for this reason that I spent most of my time outside. My cousin and I chained a dandelion chain all around our summer cottage. Took a month, the beginning was fluff by the time we got the end to it…but hey, we didn’t care.
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PS: this crown is very ephemeral, only lasts for a few hours.
PPS. Works with English daisies and clover too but takes a lot longer.
PPPS: Take loads of photos. 🙂

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  • Reply Barbara F. April 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This is great, a good way to recycle those darn things!

    • Reply Veronica April 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      So true Barbara, and, if you tie it with twine, you can just green recycle the whole crown. 🙂

  • Reply dianecayton April 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Fun, and what an adorable princess you have!

    • Reply Veronica April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Diane, we think she’s adorable too, and much less stressed today, although she looks a little tired after her week of finals. And, she’s off for a mini break at Long Beach for the weekend…lucky girl!

  • Reply Carole April 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Oooh Veronica, I remember making those when my girls were young … goodness me, now they are all grown with grown children of their own, but your post brought back lovely memories. How is Chloe holding up? Exam time can be so stressful! How wonderful she gets to go to Long Beach for a break, totally awesome Chloe! Have a great evening Veronica. Carole xox

    • Reply Veronica April 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Carole, we never really grow out of dandelion crowns, do we? I make them all the time just because. Hugs and thank you for caring about C. She’s just written the last exam and has a few days off before a couple abbreviated CMNS courses in May and June. She has these big dark circles under her eyes so I hope the weekend away will be really a nice relaxing time for her. x 🙂 x

  • Reply KathyB. April 26, 2013 at 1:22 am

    So pretty, the crown and your daughter. This would be a wonderful group activity for a gathering of girls. My sheep would love to be crowned with dandelions, they make a good snack too!

    • Reply Veronica April 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

      Hi Kathy, I’d love to make a bunch to crown the sheep with if only for the comic effect! That would be so terrific. 🙂 We’d laugh for days.
      PS. your ulr comes up as “Mega-site of Bible studies”, happily I have you in my favorites and am off to see your beautiful mirror in your garden now.

  • Reply Jo April 26, 2013 at 4:00 am

    What fun – we’ve never tried this before, but we will.

    • Reply Veronica April 26, 2013 at 6:57 am

      I hope you do Jo. I love to make them and hang them on the door handle of the garage, lay them on the outdoor table, hang them off a tree just for the day. 🙂

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  • Reply Nancy April 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Well, this has got to be one of the cutest tuts I’ve seen. Ever. I’m amazed at the detail and your photography. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. And I do hope you join us some Friday for Random 5. I’d love to learn more about you. xo

    • Reply Veronica April 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Hi Nancy, thank you so much. 🙂 Don’t be amazed, I’ve had lots of practice. I’ll try to get my act together and link up.

  • Reply Lavender Cottage April 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Veronica
    You sure grow tall dandelions, ours are only six inches tall or so. The chained crown is pretty and looks like it would hold together really well.

    • Reply Veronica April 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I know Judith, I’m not much of a lawn girl. I figure if it’s green and I can mow it, it’s a lawn. These tall guys snuck up on me around the hedge and under the huge rhodo. I’m glad they did. 🙂

  • Reply Astrid April 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I don’t know who wears it better, Chloe or Morgan! But somehow I don’t think my boys would wear one of those if I made it! I do have a picture of me as a baby wearing one made of red clover, I don’t think it stayed on my head very long.

    • Reply Veronica April 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Lol, Astrid, Morgan gave me an indignant look and backed out of it in two seconds. I make them just for fun and hang them on the door handle, or leave one on the outdoor table. x

  • Reply vastlycurious.com April 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this! Especially the sketch at the end. I will never look at Dandelions as a scourge again! Bravo !

    • Reply Veronica April 30, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Thank you Kathryn. 🙂 Try making one if you can.

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