I shared some images of crowns I’ve created over the past several years, and then realized early yesterday that I gave no instruction or pointers that could help you construct your own.
Here is a better tutorial on the basic construction of a crown, like the one pictured above.
You will need:
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Cardboard or posterboard
Several yards of various ribbon color, lengths, and widths
Flowers made of tissue paper, coffee filters, silk and crepe paper
Dresden German paper crown available on Etsy HERE
May Arts Ribbon
Vintage millinery stock items
Paper and feather butterflies
Mother’s Day Printable Kit available on Etsy, for the “Queen for a Day” banner
First, I started with just a long piece of chipboard or posterboard. I didn’t use a template to cut it, I just cut it freehand. I gently folded the chipboard over without letting it crease in the center and then made my crown outline cuts. With all the flowers and treasures that will be glued to the posterboard, if the shape isn’t perfectly symmetrical, it won’t matter no one will notice. This will be the base that you glue everything on. On the back of the crown pictured below you can see I covered the back of the posterboard with a mint green florist foil, like the ones used on those flower pots at the cemetery. Or you could spray paint the back gold if you wanted.
Fit the crown to the appropriate head size.
In this crown, I included a German Gold Dresden Tiara at the base of the crown. I sell a few different ones in my shop HERE.
I punched two tiny holes through the exsisting holes on the tiara and the posterboard. I used these two holes on each side of the crown to tie a ribbon through both layers and hold the Dresden crown securely in place on the posterboard.
Now see all of this blank white posterboard area? You get to fill it all in with paper flowers, silk flowers, crepe paper flowers, and tissue paper flowers! I love flowers always and always! I chose a few select items to the mix, such as vintage floral foil leaves from the 1940’s, spun cotton mushrooms, feather butterflies, butterflies made of paper, millinery flowers and berries are added to the mix. These little memorabilia details are going to be what sets your crown apart from others. Will you add seashells, or plastic numbers or letters? How about ticket stubs or birthday candles? There are so many options!
Next I punched out holes evenly spaced to feed some of the flowers through that have sturdy stems and then I glued them in place. Some paper flowers can just be cut and glued down without wiring them to the posterboard.
On your final step, cut several long snippets of ribbon and tie a cluster of those snips to the back of the already tied up ribbon!
You can add glass glitter to cardboard die cuts to carry out a theme or celebration on your crown.