January 6, 2012

How to Make a Vintage Inspired Paper Crown

On January 6 of every year, my family gathers with a small group of friends to celebrate Twelfth Night.  


My girls enjoy putting together a pull-apart version of the New Orleans style King Cake (recipe HERE), and I get to indulge in my favorite all-time sweet treat, the French Galette des Rois (recipe HERE).  Within each cake a charm is concealed.  The guest who finds the charm in their piece of cake is the King or Queen and gets to wear a crown. 

Some crowns of years past
Not just for January 6, a paper crown adorned with vintage paper, glitter and embellishments is an inexpensive, easy and wonderful craft for birthdays and other celebrations where you want to add a little whimsy and sparkle!

I was fortunate to have found a package of white paper crowns at the Dollar Tree a while back.  They're perfect to keep on hand for last-minute crown crafting.  If you're not able to find the paper crowns, I've uploaded a free template for you to print out on heavy cardstock, so you can easily make your own.

Paper Crown Template, Print this template on heavy cardstock. Cut out, then use to trace on the paper of your choice.  Cut out the traced pieces, then match up the dotted line on side A with the dotted line on side Be and glue in place at the overlap.
Click the image for a downloadable version

Print the template on heavy card stock, then cut out. You can use the template to trace the crown pieces on to heavy decorative scrapbook paper, or glue the two card stock pieces together at the dotted lines, and proceed with the tutorial for making a Vintage Inspired Paper Crown.

Vintage Inspired Paper Crown Tutorial

Paper Crown
Vintage Paper -- Book pages, sheet music, etc.
Adhesive spray (my favorite is Craft Bond)
Extra-strength glue stick
X-ACTO knife and cutting mat
Glue pen
Ultrafine Glitter
Soft bristled paint brush
Embellishments: Buttons, pearls, ribbon, bits of old costume jewelry, etc.
Optional: Crepe Paper fringe (tutorial HERE)
Hot glue gun

Step 1:  Liberally coat one side of the paper crown with adhesive spray.

Step 2:  Transfer to a glue-free surface.  Cover the crown with vintage paper, overlapping where the pieces meet.  Use the extra-strength glue stick to glue down the areas of overlap.

Step 3: Trim the excess paper on a cutting mat using an X-ACTO knife.

Step 4:  Repeat for second side. The crowns simply look better, and more finished, when both sides are covered.  When using vintage paper, I like to do one side in sheet music and the other in text.

Step 5:   Add a decorative border.  On this year's crown I used a piece of velvet ribbon. In year's past I used crepe or tissue paper fringe (tutorial HERE). Glue your border in place with hot glue.

Step 6:  Embellish with glitter. I like to create a delicate glittered border by tracing a line of Martha Stewart Fine Tip Glue pen.  Then, shake ultra-fine glitter on top. Let dry for 5 minutes, then brush away excess with a dry soft-bristled paint brush.

Step 7:  Hot glue the two ends of the crown together.

Step 8:  Embellish with more decorative paper, buttons, beads or bric-a-brac. Accordion fold a piece of scrap paper to make a fan or rosette. This year I hot glued a 1/2 rosette in place, then layered it with two vintage buttons and a small piece of costume jewelry.

Celebrate & Enjoy!

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  1. I love this! I can think of many ways to use this. My granddaughter would love wearing one.

  2. This is PERFECT timing, Jenn! I need to make a crown as part of my niece's birthday present. And make it ASAP, I might add. This is beautiful and will be super quick with your template! I love that you all have this fun tradition. :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your crown!

  4. that looks so perfect crown..

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the vintage book pages and sheet music! Fit for a queen!

  6. Gorgeous!!! I'd sort of like to make one of these to wear while I'm driving my kids around to activities.... lol

  7. I love your crowns...I might need one for myself!

  8. These are beautiful! At my church whoever got the piece had to make the cake the next year! I wish we got to wear crowns! My father is from England so they always wore paper crowns on Christmas, I might use this for next year!


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