My grand daughter is almost 3 years old, and is starting to get into dress-up clothes and princesses. So, for Christmas I decided to make her a Frozen inspired dress-up dress (tutorial coming soon) and a princess crown. This DIY lace crown is perfect for little ones because it’s inexpensive, and isn’t as likely to be used as a weapon as some of the store-bought crowns that I looked at.
Here’s the happy princess wearing her new crown on Christmas day.
DIY Lace Crown
I found several tutorials on Pinterest for making lace crowns, and eventually followed the directions from this post at Morena’s Corner. I did a couple of things differently, but for the most part followed her tutorial.
3/4 yard of lace
Round canister – you can also use a coffee can
Disposable container for fabric stiffener – I used a frozen dinner plastic container that we were going to put in the recycle bin. Worked great!
1. Wrap the canister or coffee can with wax paper, and tape edges together. This was helpful to do because then the fabric stiffener wasn’t all over the glass canister, so it saved on clean-up time. If you use a coffee can, the wax paper will keep the can from rusting.
2. Here’s a picture of me measuring the circumference of the canister. This 18″ size canister worked well for an almost 3 year old. Morena suggests using the small coffee can size for infants. (There are lots of pictures of sleeping infants with these lace crowns on all over Pinterest, in case your wondering why an infant would be wearing a crown!)
3. Wrap the lace around the canister. Cut the lace to the correct size, making sure to overlap the ends about an inch or so.
4. Pour fabric stiffener into disposable plastic container.
5. Using the latex gloves, put the lace in the fabric stiffener. Making sure to cover all of the lace.
6. Squeeze excess fabric stiffener from the lace, and wrap the lace around the canister. (I probably needed to squeeze more of the stiffener off.) Morena held the two overlapped ends together with a cloths pin, but my ends stuck together very nicely from the fabric stiffener. It was almost like glue.
7. Let lace dry. I waited for almost 24 hours to make sure it was really dry.
8. After lace is dry, slip the wax paper off of the canister, and peel the wax paper off of the lace. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of the dried lace after I peeled it from the wax paper. Some of the holes in the lace were filled with the dried fabric stiffener, so I used a sewing pin to open the holes back up. This is why I probably should have gotten more of the excess fabric stiffener off in step #6.
9. Paint the crown with a spray paint. I sprayed on two coats of silver paint. Right after spraying the second coat, I sprinkled glitter on the crown. Let paint dry.
I’m joining these parties!