When I got an email from Morgan H. West of Panda Head Magazine asking me to contribute to this months newsletter buy coming up with a halloween DIY I was very excited! Not only am I a fan of Panda Head, I have been admiring Morgan's blog and creative work since moving to DC. Plus Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I kind of took the idea and ran with it, creating 3 easy DIYs that anyone could do at home and did a mini shoot with my pals Caroline Lacey and Allix Wright. I will be posting a DIY a day here on my blog, so check back this week.
HALLOWEEN DIY 1: GOTHIC FLOWER CROWN
This DIY is super easy and fun to do if you love painting. You can add this flower crown to a number of Halloween costumes from a sugar skull to woodland fairy to give a some dark feminine flair. How gorgeous does Ariella look in the crown wearing it with this insane vintage Galliano dress from Via Gypset, if you havn't visit the new vintage store in Woodley Park you are seriously missing out. They have the most amazing vintage and jewelry, and you can consign there too! Check it out ASAP!
Click more to see DIY Step by Step & credits
What you need: String of fake flowers, acrylic paint, paintbrush, tape & glue
Step 1: In a bowl/container mix your desired color for the flowers and dilute with half a cup of water. You can add more paint or more water to get the color/effect you desire.
Step 2: Remove flowers from fake stem and one by one dip them, petals first, in the bowl of diluted paint. Swish them around gently to make sure all petals are covered in paint.
Step 3: Leave flowers to dry.
Step 4: When completely, dry reattach flowers to stem. Add a little glue to secure them if they feel loose.
Step 5: Wrap string of flowers to form a garland, check that it is the right size to sit comfortably on your head.
Step 6: Wrap a pieces of clear tape at multiple points to hold garland together securely. Try to wrap tape under leaves or petals so it can't be seen. Add more tape or glue until your flower crown sits comfortably and securely on your head.
Thanks Ali for lending a helping hand and to my awesome lil team
Shoot photos by Caroline Lacey
Makeup: Allix Wright
Model: Ariella Steinhorn
Step by step photos and styling by Cheralee Lyle