ever since my girls were small, my mom (aka “mana”) has been making paper crowns for their birthdays. she makes one each year for my niece, too. by now she has created a dozen or so different crowns and is something of an expert in paper crown making. it has become a tradition to receive and wear a paper crown from mana on your special day.
i asked my mom to write a how-to on the paper crown she gave my (big!) little girl on her 7th birthday.
happy b-day lilah!
what you need:
dot glitter paper
sparkle pom poms
3d adhesive foam squares (the small ones)
first she auditioned shapes and sizes cut from newspaper to use as pattern for cutting the crown. here is the pattern she decided to use.
next, she traced the crown shape on poster paper and cut it out. she then cut just the triangle part of the pattern out of the glitter dot paper and stapled it to the blue poster paper along the headband part of the crown.
she glued the glitter dot paper to the poster paper and then glued the rainbow ribbon to the front of the headband, covering the staples. the ribbon is pretty and also reinforces the headband part of the crown.
she affixed the pom poms to the crown points with 3d adhesive foam squares and larger pom pom to the center of the flower (which she cut out with her handy “cricut” machine). lastly, she stuck the flower in the middle of the crown, doubling up the adhesive foam squares to add dimension to the front of the crown.
she ships the crown flat, and i staple it together on my child’s head, ensuring a perfect fit!
here are some past crowns: