Every spring Instagram is flooded with music-festival style, and that means tons of people in flower crowns. Now one designer has turned a love of pastries and puns into new kinds of crowns that are guaranteed to make you smile, because they're made entirely of pastries.
Designer Lauren Hom of Hom Sweet Hom is the creator of Daily Dishonesty, and she's worked for Starbucks and Google. Now her latest project is called Flour Crowns, where she makes elaborate headdresses out of croissants, bread, cookies, waffles, and other baked goods.
"With spring right around the corner, I noticed my social media feeds starting to fill up with festival fashion and flowers," she writes. "The idea came to me first as a simple play on the word 'flower crown,' and my imagination took it from there."
Hom turned herself into a Croissant Debutante with a crown made of croissants and roses. The roses are actually slices of bread that she flattened and cut into petal shapes, then pressed into roses.
No. 2 from my #flourcrowns project: Croissant Debutante 🥐💕 Those roses are made of white bread that I flattened with a rolling pin, cut into petals, and smushed together (thanks @pinterest) 😁 What foods do YOU want to see me turn into flour crowns? ✨Comment below or tag your favorite food/snack brands and bakeries I should check out.✨ May your day be as delicious as the bread on my head. P.S. dress is from @reformation 👗 See more with the link in my profile or at flourcrowns.com 🙌🏼
Hom's main tools are a cheap plastic headband, some thin but sturdy wire, and hot glue when necessary.
"I try to make the crowns as edible as possible, so most of my technique involves wrapping wire around the headband to create little 'spokes' to poke bread onto, and then I'll add a little more wire to 'sew' the bread together or a dab of glue if the bread is less porous and less buttery," she says. Heavier, more buttery breads don't take the glue very well.
This one makes her look like a breakfast princess, and it's made of waffles, silver-dollar pancakes, and maple cookies from Trader Joe's.
Music festival season is around the corner, so before photos of girls in 🌸flower crowns🌸 take over your Instagram feed, let me take it over with Flour Crowns 🍞👑🍩 Inspired by @breadfaceblog and @chiliphilly to embrace my inner weirdough, I decided to take a pun way too far and made over 20 of these carby crowns while I was visiting home last month (literally taking my motto "work hard, snack often" to heart) ✍🏼️🍪 This one's made of waffles, silver dollar pancakes, and maple cookies from @traderjoesfood 😂 I'll be rolling them out over the next month, and you can follow along with the link in my profile or at flourcrowns.com 🍞🎉 . Shout out to the real MVP Grandma Hom for letting me take over her kitchen and not so much as blinking an eye at her fully-grown granddaughter walking around the house with bread on her head. Most Chinese grandmas would be like, "Ugh this is why you're not married yet" but mine was all like, "How much did you pay for those croissants? I bet I can get them cheaper for you next time." 👵🏼🙌🏼💕
She even made a tiara worthy of Kate Middleton by disassembling different flavors of Oreo cookies she found at the supermarket in Bali. The colors come from Golden Oreos, Strawberry Oreos, and Ice Cream Oreos. The little decorative florets are made from meringues she found at the grocery store.
No. #18 from my #flourcrowns series: TRIPLE @oreo TIARA made from Golden Oreos, Strawberry Oreos, Ice Cream Oreos and some cute lil meringues I found at the supermarket here in Bali 👑🍪 Just picked up some crazy cool black charcoal croissants from @monsieurspoon to play with tomorrow 🌑🍞🌑 (Dress is a favorite thrift store find from high school holy shit where did the last 10 yrs go 😂)
Hom's favorite crown is my favorite crown, too. This one is made with black charcoal croissants and macarons. I would honestly wear this for real.
"I found these amazing looking black charcoal croissants and macarons at a bakery in Bali, so I channeled my inner teenager and made an all-black emo punk rock princess crown," she says.
No. #19 from my #flourcrowns series: black charcoal croissants and macarons from @monsieurspoon in honor of my inner emo teenager 🌑✨🍞 Spent the day taking photos of myself and listening to Jack's Mannequin, Brand New and Panic! at the Disco...which is the exact same thing I was doing in my room 10 years ago 😂 Designers who also suffered from teen angst: comment below 👇🏼 with your favorite emo bands from high school that you secretly (or not so secretly) still listen to. 👏🏼Bonus points if you share your old Myspace name too 😈❤️😭 (P.S. shirt is from @americanapparel and makeup is @revlon 👄)
Hom eats her creations when she's done with taking photos. "I've gotten surprisingly good at reviving slightly stale pastries and bread with a little butter, water, and an oven or pan," she says. "If the bread is super far gone and hard as a rock, I'll turn it into bread crumbs or croutons!"
You can check out her complete pastry headdress oeuvre over at FlourCrowns.com. She's already a successful graphic designer, but if she ever decides to start designing tiaras for a living, I will be the first to sign up. Crumbs aside, these are way cooler than flower crowns any day.