Now this project was super easy, but took a little bit of wait time. Give yourself a day to finish these babies, you don't want your princess wearing a soggy crown ;-) I've done the microwave method, but have not been as happy with the results. Maybe it has something to do with the type of fabric stiffener I have on hand, not sure. They work both ways, so if you're in a time crunch, just go for the microwave!
Lace: I get mine by the spool. Hobby lobby has great variety to choose from, Joann's, not so much.
Card stock and packing tape to make the crown form
Paint: I used acrylic paint in a metallic silver.
Optional: Glitter spray paint
To begin, cut desired length of lace to make your crown. I've done tiny and large, size just depends on how you want it to fit your little princess. Make sure to leave at least a half inch to overlap
Place lace in bowl, cover in fabric stiffener. My fabric stiffener looked more like a glue, so this worked really well. You can also lay the lace flat on wax paper and do several coats. When the fabric is nice and covered, lay flat to dry for a bit.
While your lace dries, go ahead and make the crown form. I used poster board, but a stiff card stock will do the trick. Cut your card stock to the length of the lace. Overlap ends to form a circular loop. Tape together using your packing tape, going around the whole loop, making a non-stick surface.
When the lace isn't sopping wet and can stand a little on it's own, place it on the crown form. Overlap the ends and press in place. You may want to use a dab of tacky glue. Mine stayed in place pretty well without. Allow to dry overnight or if you're in a pinch, you can microwave at this step. I did a couple 30 second intervals and checked the stiffness each time.
While it was still pliable, I decided to flare out the peaks of one of the crowns. I just bent each peak down and held it there for a few seconds.
Now you should have a pretty stiff crown that needs some paint! I went with a pretty metallic silver. Everything can't be pink, right? Paint on a few coats and let dry. You could be finished with the crown, but I decided to go the extra mile and add some glitter. Just one coat made this crown super sparkly.
Oh and here's a some from the first go around!
Didn't they turn out so cute? One of these was sent to Ohio for a family friend's granddaughter's one year photo shoot. Boy that's a mouthful ;-) I may have to make some more for my littlest princess closer to her birthday.
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