Our series “Get Crafty” gives you the inspiration for creating inventive DIY projects during the holidays and year-round. Lifestyle and floral expert Julie Mulligan explains how to make a fresh flower necklace that is sure to turn heads.

Making jewelry with flowers provides a look with simple elegance that is so right for so many occasions. Whether paired with a headpiece, such as a crown or headband, like the one below, or worn alone, this beautiful floral accessory is a unique and natural way to make a style statement.

a photo of a floral necklace: flower headband

All the how-tos I am sharing are for guidance and inspiration. The true beauty of these pieces, though, lies in the personal interpretation. These tips and techniques will give you the basic information and confidence that you need to get started.

Tools and supplies

  • Flat wire
  • Floral wires
  • Stem wrap
  • Floral adhesive
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers

Flowers used

  • Hanging amaranthus
  • Free spirit rose
  • Majolica spray rose
  • Hypericum
  • Lady’s mantle
  • Assorted foliage


a photo of a floral necklace: wire shape for necklace

1. Start by determining the length of wire needed by wrapping it (or a string) around the neck. For this asymmetrical style, I needed 27 inches and added another 3 inches to wrap around the stem of the large rose. I used a three-sixteenths Oasis™ Flat Wire in silver.

cutting wire

2. Cut a wire for the large open rose.

wrap wire around flower

3. Wrap the end of the rose wire around the end of the flat wire, and then twist the flat wire around the bottom of the rose. You can use a round nose pliers for this, but it is not necessary.

wrap stems with floral tape

4. Cut a small cluster of a filler flower, such as alchemilla (Lady’s mantle), and gather a few of these together and wrap them with floral stem wrap*.

glue ends of stems
clusters attached to rose

5. Attach these clusters to the back of the rose using floral adhesive*.

wrapping flowers onto wire

6. Wire two smaller spray roses and attach them to the other end using stem wrap.

rose on wire

7. Add more floral components, such as foliage, berries, and hanging amaranthus, using floral adhesive or hot glue. You can easily cut the flat wire if you find that it’s longer than needed.

a photo of a floral necklace: flower crown and necklace

8. Slip your flower necklace around your neck, and let the festivities begin!

*Visit this post to learn more about wiring flowers, stem wrapping, and gluing flowers.


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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