"All women are princesses, it is our right."
~Maya, A Little Princess
Your girls will love you if you help them make some enchanting fairy tale crowns. My inspiration for these came out of desperation last fall when I was trying to figure out Glenda the Good Witch’s crown for my daughter’s Halloween Costume.
Who would have thought that the flexible chopping mats that you can buy at the dollar store could be so versatile?
They can be taped together or even sewn. I thought I’d show you how to make these adjustable (fits any size head) crowns.
Flexible Chopping Mat (I found mine at the Dollar Tree, 2 per package)
Paper for a pattern
Extra’s: Flowers (thank you dollar store), trim, paint, sharpie (the fun colored ones), a really good craft glue or gel super glue, and anything that you’d love to decorate your crown with.
Take a regular piece of paper and fold it in half. Draw half your desired crown shape and cut it out. That way when you unfold the paper your crown is symmetrical. Using the paper trace the design onto your flexible cutting mat. You can fit 1-3 crowns per sheet depending on the size you want.
Then using scissors cut the crowns out.
I then marked little rectangular sections evenly around the crown and scored those with an exacto knife.
After they were scored I lifted up the crown and punched the holes out with a little more help from the craft knife.
These are perfect for threading your ribbon through the crown.
You can use the ribbon that fit’s the dimensions of the rectangular hole or a slightly larger ribbon that will looked bunched when threaded through.
Make sure that you leave plenty of ribbon to tie the crown onto your head.
Next it’s time to decorate. This is where the kids can put their personal touch and favorite colors onto the crown. You can use sharpie colored markers.
Yes, even a three year old can handle this. I did sneak back when she was finished and put an extra line around the edges.
Next – glue on your embellishments. They can be anything from buttons, old broken pieces of play jewelry…
to petals from flowers that you’ve taken apart…
to plastic gems…
and beaded trim. Let your imagination be your guide.
I also used gleam or pearl paints by Delta Cream coat, and some glitter paints. These however do rub off if rubbed to hard. Still they look great.
The fun part is that these crowns can fit nearly every size head and can be stored flat when space is limited.
Not only can you make these for your little princesses…
But you can also make them for the King and Queen or your home.
Or even create them to match a favorite pair of fairy wings you happen to have hidden in your closet.
My three year old wouldn’t take hers off. She wore it everywhere and so many people were unbelievable sweet and called her princess. Made her day. Hum, I wonder what would happen if I wore mine to the store?