What better way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday than with this very easy-to-make crown, fit not just for a queen, but king, prince or princess too!
For this Queen’s 90th Birthday make you will need the following items:
- BI0001 Gold Metallic Card A4 (Pack of 20 sheets) – if you want to, you could use standard card or heavyweight paper and wrap in tin foil to make it look metallic
- BI8071 Acrylic Jewels & Gemstones (454g)
- BI8023 Glitter Pom Poms (Pack of 100) – we’ve gone for the glitter pom poms for some added bling but you can use any pom poms you like!
- Cotton wool pleat for the ‘fur’ trim
- Scissors – don’t forget to always ask for an adult’s help with scissors
- Craft glue
- Stapler or sticky tape
You should be able to get up to 10 crowns from these products – but it will depend on the size of the crowns and whether they’re for children or adults!
This is a cost-effective craft idea – we estimate that the cost of materials for making crowns to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday will be in the region of £14 (if you buy 1 of each of the products listed above, plus a value pack of cotton wool pleat… that makes each crown just £1.40 roughly, plus they’ll be totally personalised and made to measure!)
So let’s begin! Firstly, remember if you’re making this crown to always ask for an adults help if you need it!
Firstly measure the size of your child’s head (or whoever the crown is for!). Start at the forehead and measure all the way around – add a few cm to the circumference to make sure it’s not too tight a fit!
With this measurement, take your metallic card, turn it so it’s landscape and draw out some zig zag shapes. You’ll need two sheets per crown to fit around your child’s head. We taped the two sheets together at this stage, turned them so we were drawing on the white side and then cut out one triangle and used that as a template to ensure all of the triangles are the same size:
Once they’ve been carefully cut out, you can flip the card and should have something resembling this:
Once you’ve got to this stage, join the two ends of the crown together using the measurements of your child’s head to ensure it’s roughly the right size. We used some sticky tape to hold them together and then stapled it too just to make sure it was secure! Now you’ll end up with a basic crown shape just the right size…
Your crown is now ready to decorate! This is where you can have some fun – how you embellish your crown is entirely up to you. We’ve gone for a truly regal crown but the possibilities are endless!
Firstly, we need to add the cotton wool or snow blanket to make our crown even more realistic! NB you don’t need to use just cotton wool or one of our snow blankets here – white felt strips would look just as effective! Or for real luxury, why not use a leopard print material! It is the Queen’s 90th Birthday after all!
Using the same measurement as for the main crown, make a note of how long this strip needs to be and cut accordingly. We don’t want the faux fur effect to be too big, so we’ve gone for a 5cm thickness strip:
Once you’re happy that the cotton wool/felt/snow blanket strip is the right size, you’ll need to glue it to the base of your crown. Stick it down all the way around so it’s secure.
That’s the hard work done! Now for the real fun, the blinging bit! Take your favourite jewels and gemstones from our big value bag and glue them to the crown – stick them to each triangle peak and you can also add glittery pom poms underneath to make it even more colourful.
If you’ve got some glitter laying around – chances are you do seeing as it’s a crafting basic material – you can add glue dots or shapes to your crown and sprinkle glitter to the glue. It’ll stick nicely and you’ll just need to then just shake off the excess glitter. You can also add sequins and anything else you want – it’s your crown so make it as colourful and crafty as you like. Here are some we made earlier:
And that’s it… once it’s all dried your crown is ready for its coronation and fit for a queen!
You should have enough metallic card left over to make more crowns if you need to, plus loads of jewels and gemstones!
Happy Birthday Your Majesty!