By Elijah O’Donnell

Well Folks, there’s no doubt about it. Skies are bluer, the sun shines hotter and that weird transition from winter to now that us Edmontonians are supposed to call spring has come and gone again. It’s summer. There are a lot of things that I look for to signal the arrival of the sunny season: dodging people left and right on Whyte Ave., a constant craving for ice cream and, most of all, the dandelions. I know they rear their yellow heads in the spring but summer is the time I want to start picking them up and braiding them into crowns.

It’s something I’ve done since I was a kid, and a clear indication of my very hippie upbringing. They’re a great little craft to fill an afternoon outing and they’ll look great in those #YEG #summer posts.

man wearing flower crown laying in grass

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

First you’ll need to find a good crop of dandelions, or any other long stemmed flower. You’ll need anywhere from 10 to 20 flowers, depending on the size of both your head and the heads on the flowers.

field of dandelions

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Next start picking them at the point where the stem meets the earth. You want to make sure the stems are long enough to be looped into the braided chain.

picking a dandelion from dandelion field

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Optional step: Find a nature-y spot with some immaculate vibes. These solid visuals and vibes will 100 per cent amp up the creation process. Plus it makes a great backdrop for pictures.

Picking a dandelion from field

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

To start, take two flowers and make an ‘X’ shape with them, making sure the one in your left hand is on top of the one in your right.

Braiding a dandelion crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Take the right stem and bend it up and over the left stem so it sits to the left of the two flowers.

Braiding a dandelion crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Loop it around the back of the two flowers…

Braiding a dandelion crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

…and over the front so it sits in line with the other stem.

Braiding a Dandelion Crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Now is where you can start adding new flowers. Grab another dandelion and place it on top of the bundle of stems to the left of the other flowers, making sure that they’re not too tight together, about half a centimetre to a centimeter between them.

Braiding a DIY dandelion crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Bend the new flowers stem down and around the back of the chain and set it to the right of the leftmost two flowers.

Braiding a dandelion Crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Bend the stem down and to the left to add it to the bundle of stems.

Braiding a dandelion crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Repeat this process with the rest of the flowers you picked, the whole time checking that it’s the right length to fit your head.

Braiding a diy flower crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

man wearing handmade flower crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Finally, once the chain is long enough you can thread the end of the stems into the beginning, completing the crown. If you’re having trouble tying it off you can also use things like pipe cleaner, paperclips and broken hair ties to secure the crown.

Braiding a DIY flower crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Braiding a handmade dandelion crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

Optional step: To make your crown into a Queens crown, pick some other flowers and thread them in around the crown for a floral masterpiece. You just might make Mayqueen yet.

Man poses wearing a handmade flower crown

Photo by Karlie Mickanuik

If you follow this guide, tag @thenaitnugget on Instagram to show us how it turned out!