I adore all things feminine, pinks, whites, lavenders, lace, linens, florals, sparkles and frills. I grew up an only girl and then the mother of only boys. Imagine when Damien and Shannon had not one but TWO little girls. I simply cannot spend enough time with them.
Our two girls relish playing dress up. I thought it would be fun to make them various faerie items, this crown is the first one I am posting. I wanted to make the crowns for less than $10 (Canadian) each. I made two crowns for$15, and had extra ribbon, floral tape and wire left over.
The crowns are adjustable making the crowns easier to fit. General head size for a 3-5 year old is 20”, for a 6 – 10 year old is 21” inches; if making a crown for a specific little girl you can always measure first to be sure.
For each crown you will need:
3 flower sprays ( flowers 1 ” or less)
3 ribbons in coordinating colours
floral wire (I used 18”)
glue gun (glue sticks)
To make the crown base:
Take 3 lengths of floral wire. Make a loop at one end of two of the wires.
Braid the 3 wires together to form a circle.
Start at one end; wrap the wire twice with floral tape. Check there are no wire ends poking through. If there is, add extra floral tape.
Moss will provide softness, cushion any wire ends, provide enough space to attach flowers, and fill in gaps between flowers. Besides all that moss, ferns, and ivy scream faerie to me.
To add moss:
Cover the top of the crown with moss; flatten and spread the moss, so that it’s about ¼ inch thick.
Once fully covered, flip the crown base over and fill in any empty spots.
Once this is done it’s time to design the florals.
Remove the flowers from the stems, assess how many blossoms you have, and gather them according to size. ( I saved all the extra leaves for future projects)
Before gluing anything, do a casual placement of the flowers. Check the arrangement for symmetry. Imagine the crown on the child’s head. Will it provide a clear view of sight? Is anything dangling that may be ticklish? Once you have the general placement envisioned, now comes the fun part.
Fill the underside of the crown first, placing the small flower and leaves along the underside of the crown. ( I started in the middle and worked towards the outside)
Add a little dab of glue to the base of each flower. Careful not to get burnt, hot glue really hurts. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Review your work. Attach any stray strands, and remove any glue threads that may be present.
Flip the crown over.
Add flowers to the top of the crown. I added the larger pink flowers two on each side leaving the very front of the crown open. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Butterfly and Ribbon Closure
I used a large pink butterfly (you could use a large flower, a fairy doll, a star etc.) to cover the opening.
Cut three ribbons 30″ long (longer or a bit shorter is fine) Fold the ribbon in half; make sure the ends are even. Attach the ribbon to the butterfly with knot and glue. Cut three ribbons 30” long (longer or a bit shorter is fine) Fold the ribbon in half; make sure the ends are even. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Insert the fold of the ribbon into the wire loop on the crown. Pass the ends through forming a knot. Enforce the attachment of the ribbon and the butterfly with glue.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Attaching the Crown
Place the crown on the little girl’s head, pass three of the ribbons through the second loop and tie in a bow.
Tips and Lessons Learned
Sew flowers to the ends of the ribbon; I chose not to. The girls will add this to their dress up closet and I want the ribbons to repeatedly tie on.
You may be able to use the stems from the flowers you purchase to build the crown. (To reduce cost I considered using the stems instead of floral wire, but they were too stiff and difficult to work with).
Instead of buying flowers, make your own flowers from on hand fabric or tissue paper. If you’re a crafter keep the leaves for other projects.
I choose to use spring colours as they were available in late winter at the dollar store. I went to three different dollar stores before finding the moss and floral tape. A craft store may have ended up a better choice.