My little girl adores dressing up. From Iron Man masks to tutus, the girl loves to pretend. She also loves crowns, so I made her a new crown to add to her make believe wardrobe:
I began by choosing three of my favorite Moonstruck patterned papers and cutting dozens of leaves with my Silhouette Cameo. I also gathered together floral tape, 18 gauge wire, wire cutters, gold floral picks, wire stems, double sided tape, and ribbon. To create your own crown, start by making the leaves.
When cutting your leaves, be sure that each one has a mirrored match. On the back side of one leaf, adhere a piece of wire to the center with double stick tape. Sandwich the wire by adhering the other leaf and press the center down, causing the wire to look like the center vein of a real leaf.
Not only does the wire make it possible to wrap the leaves onto the crown, but it also makes the leaves bendable.
Next, shape a wire stem into a tiara. One stem worked well for my little girl’s head, but you may need to tape a couple of stems together for larger crowns. I bent the ends into loops to keep the the wire from poking my little girl and to hold the ribbons. I also pulled apart a floral pick into smaller pieces.
Wrap the leaves onto the crown with floral tape. Be sure to stretch out the tape as you go to make it sticky, and be generous so that the leaves are secure. Continue adding and wrapping, including a floral pick between some leaves, until the whole crown is covered. If you have any “blank” spots, go back in with more leaves.
Add ribbons to the loops and tie the ends together with an especially pretty ribbon.
The last step is my favorite – present the crown to a little princess who will accept it with smiles, oohs, ahhs, and excited hopping!
I think I’ll have Addie wear this fall-like headpiece to Thanksgiving dinner. I’d better make a few more for her cousins. Good thing I have plenty of Moonstruck! If you give this tutorial a go, I’d love to see your crown!