If you’ve been hanging out here for a while, you will know that we spend most of our time writing craft books for kids. We thought we’d share a few projects from each of our books on our little blog, so we’re kicking things off with The Knight Craft Book and this sparkly Kings Crown, which is super easy to make!
This crown is light and comfy because it’s made from foam with a fur trim. Foam is a fantastic material for craft because it’s sturdier than card, it doesn’t rip, and is waterproof—but this doesn’t mean you can go swimming in it!
You will need:
- Gold glitter foam
- Corrugated cardboard
- 75 x 8 cm white furry fabric
- 35 cm square red velvety fabric
- Plastic jewels
- Strong glue
- Split pin
- Craft knife
- Tape measure
1. Measure the circumference of your child’s head. Cut a 5cm wide strip of gold glitter foam to this length, adding an additional 5cm to the length and staple together to make the headband base of the crown. Cut two more strips measuring 4 x 50cm. Staple them to the headband, looping over the top of the band and crossing each other.
2.Cut two strips of cardboard measuring 30 x 5cm. Curl the strips between your fingers so that they form a curve. Mark out the middle of each one then staple them together.
3. Staple the cardboard inside the crown along the bottom of the rim to create an internal dome.
4. Place the square of red velvety fabric over the cardboard dome and arrange it so that it covers the card completely. Tuck it in around the sides and then staple it in place along the rim. Trim off any excess fabric.
5. Cut a 8cm wide strip of white fur to the length of the circumference of your crown. Cover it with glue and wrap it around the headband, folding 2.5cm under the rim and gluing it down on the inside.
6. Take a split pin and push it through the centre of the foam strips on the top of the crown, then through the fabric and cardboard. Secure the split pin inside the crown and tape it down.
7. Cut two crown topper shapes from gold glitter foam, with a tab at the bottom. Glue together leaving the tab unglued. Glue a plastic jewel onto the center of each side. Open up the tabs and glue the topper onto the center of the crown on top of the split pin.
8. As a final touch, glue plastic jewels all the way around the fur trim.
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~ Laura & Tia xx ~
Main photo credit: Chris Gloag/ GMC Publications