To celebrate Santa Lucia, I teamed up with the magical forces of photograph Ciara Richardson
and floral designer Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral
, the ladies with whom I did the Midsummer shoot
. These ladies are a pure joy to work with and soak in their beautiful aura. We simplified our DIY Santa Lucia crown with a beautiful bay leaf crown made by me and Ashley (I describe how to make it below).
Read how to make the crown and some behind the scene photos below:
DIY Santa Lucia Crown
I looked everywhere for a pre-made crown form online and alas, they were all sold out. You can find some pretty over the top forms like this
, but they’re not as available as they are in Scandinavia. SO, I had to create my own. Not so much a problem when you’re a DIY blog. First, I tried a styrofoam wreath form like this one
and I just stuck the candles directly in it and it worked like a charm. BUT, it was too clunky for the garland wrapped around so I had to come up with an alternative.
What I ended up with was using an embroidery hoop, wire, and floral tape. With the wire, I created a spiral slightly smaller than the bottom of the candle then I wired it A LOT to the embroidery hoop over and over and over. You don’t want to have flimsy candle holders. If you really want to be safe, add metal cups into the bottom of the spirals. After I placed all four around the hoop, I secured them with white floral tape (again, A LOT) for extra measure. The candles were very secure in the end.
Then Ashley worked her magic and used bay leaves in small clumps wired to the hoop. So pretty huh?!
Thank you to Jenny Bradley for being such a beautiful model. You are magic. And Jessica Peterson for your gorgeous studio. Thank you to Audrey Ellsworth for helping last minute!
And of course, Ashley and Ciara. I don’t know how you do it.
Happy (belated) Santa Lucia! You can also check out the printable Santa Lucia crown in the Lars shop!