Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How to Make Fairy Tale Crowns

"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. 

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Who would have thought that the flexible chopping mats that you can buy at the dollar store could be so versatile?   

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They can be taped together or even sewn.  I thought I’d show you how to make these adjustable (fits any size head) crowns.


Materials Needed:

Flexible Chopping Mat (I found mine at the Dollar Tree, 2 per package)

Paper for a pattern


Exacto Knife


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.

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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?


Happy Crafting!   


Chrissy said...

I love these! I'll be linking!

Refugee Crafter said...

Fantastic! I'm going to have to link back to you now! I LOVE these!

Great blog. I have quite a few princess nieces that would love the things you post!

rebecca said...

Great ideas, especially with two daughters :-)

Thanks for linking refugee crafter, I'll be back!

Herzliche Grüße,

zobars said...

that is just the best use of chopping boards i have ever seen or will ever see in the future. there should be an award for crafty moms like you. thanks for sharing the idea and tomorrow morning I need to go buy me some chopping boards. thanks again.

A Magical Childhood said...

I love these! I added a link too. Neat blog. :)

Alipurr said...

oooh, those are amazing, I am definitely bookmarking this and heading to the dollar tree to look for those chopping mats :)

Lacy @ Catholic Icing said...

I just LOOOOVE these crowns! They are sooo pretty! I found them on One Pretty Thing, and I just have to make one! I'll be linking!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the information and easy to understand instructions!

I have to make crowns for 11 girls for my daughter's class. They are having a Cinderella Ball next month. This site is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!! Thank you sooo much!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this! I am actually going to make this into a "mom-to-be" tiara for my friends baby shower!

Kristin said...

Thanks so much! I'm doing these as a craft with my Girl Scout troop today. It was a good bit of prep time for me (making 9 crowns), but it will be worth it!

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Anonymous said...

such a great idea! looking for inexpensive ideas for a wizard o oz bday - going to make the glinda crowns! and the ycan decorate themselves! Thanks!

Marie said...

I so love this! I need you now for my daughter's fairy party in 3 weeks. I'm using your pixie dust craft for giveaways to 25 kids. Next is creating this to dress up the kids uniformly and for them to take home as well. Awesome idea. Such a creative mind you've got there. I'll be linking up!

edaps4 said...

PERFECT! That's what I said when I was researching for how to make a tiara...THANKS for sharing your gift of creativity!!! Now to go SHOPPING!

Anonymous said...

I am trying to make the Glinda the good witch hat and wondering how you sewed the seams for the crown. Did you have to use a special needle on your sewing machine? Also, have you tried hot gluing the seams? Thanks so much for the information and for posting this great idea!

Anonymous said...

I wish there was a link to the patterns for these crowns :( can't find them anywhere

Sabrina said...

YOU ROCK! I was just looking for ideas for my daughters halloween costume and found you and this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)