Embrace your inner birthday king or queen by making a reusable crown. If you’re looking to inspire creativity for yourself or someone else, this step-by-step guide is an excellent way forward.
It requires minimal to no effort, and you’ll need a few pieces of equipment to carry out the job successfully.
Arts and crafts can be a fun bonding activity for people of all ages. It’s an inexpensive way to create a heartwarming piece of art that you can cherish forever (if you so wish!) Plus, you don’t have to be the next Picasso to make this birthday crown!
Not only is this child-friendly crown easy to make, but it also results in an entirely personalized design – ensuring a truly one of a kind birthday crown for you or your loved one to wear (and keep).
So if you’re looking to create a crown without synthetic glue alternatives such as PVA, and with more environmentally friendly materials (opting for paper or card rather than a plastic crown) then this guide has got you covered! It really doesn’t need to be all that difficult.
The Importance Of Arts And Crafts
Arts and crafts teaches people of all ages – namely children – how to appreciate and value art and design while offering up the chance to critically reflect on their own work, and that created by other people.
It encourages creative thinking and intelligence, and may provide them with a sense of achievement.
Creating your own birthday crown encapsulates all of these elements – plus much more! Not only is it a fun process, but it also helps you to make a keepsake that you can cherish for years to come.
How To Make A Birthday Crown Out Of Paper
The steps for creating a simple yet effective birthday crown are very simple indeed. So much so, anybody can do it! All you’ll need are the right materials, and a bit of patience.
With a total creation time of just 5 minutes, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind crown in no time at all!
What You’ll Need
- A4 paper of any thickness and color. This depends entirely on how sturdy and stable you would like your crown to be. If you choose to stick with white paper, you can later decorate and personalize it.
- A pencil
- A ruler
- Decorative materials (optional). This includes glitter and gemstones, or more natural alternatives that you can find outside such as twigs. However, as much as we’d recommend this step, it isn’t entirely necessary.
Steps To Make A Birthday Crown Out Of Paper
Step 1: Create Your Guide
All you need to do at this stage is draw length ways spikes on your paper. Repeat this as many times as you’d like – but bear the end image in mind!
Step 2: Cut Out Spikes
Trace the lines you have just drawn with a pair of scissors. Try to remain as accurate to the lines as you can but don’t worry if it goes slightly outside the lines! It doesn’t have to be picture-perfect (yet).
Step 3: Cut A Line
Cut a straight line underneath your spikes. This will represent the bottom of your crown. If it is necessary, you can use a ruler to draw as straight of a line as is possible. Then, follow this line with your scissors.
Step 4: Create The Band
This step is pretty straightforward. Simply cut another thin strip of paper. This will be used for the back of the birthday crown. Adjust the length as and when it is needed to ensure a good fit for your head.
Step 5: Put It Together
Place the strip from step 4 onto your crown. On opposite sides, draw a dot. This will mark the exact spots where the slits will be cut, so you can later assemble your crown without having to worry. Then, join these dots together to create a full line. This will form a line that will later need to be cut.
Step 6: Fold, Fold, Fold!
Fold the crown down on the line that was just created. Cut a slit on either side of the fold, cutting through the area where you made dots earlier.
Step 7: Cut Once Again
Pop up the slit you just created. Slide the scissors in at one end and cut across the line to create an even slit. Repeat this step three more times on each line you have drawn to form the foundations of your birthday crown. You should be left with four slits.
Step 8: Create A Point
Fold the ends of the strip into a point shape. This will help to retain the shape and position of the crown.
Step 9: Loop The Paper
Thread this strip through the slits that you just made in the crown. Ensure you move the strip under, up, and then through the second slit. The folded point will act as a net for the strip, keeping it securely in place (without the need for glue!)
Step 10: … And You’re Done!
Attach both sides of the strip to ensure the structure of the crown is complete… And now your crown is ready to adorn yours or your child’s head! Opt to wear the crown as it currently stands, or choose to decorate it and add a deeper personal touch.
If you do decide to decorate it – remember that arts and craft decorative materials don’t have to come from a store!
You can help to jazz up this birthday crown with flowers, twigs, and even bark from your own backyard. You aren’t limited to these materials, either, simply add what feels best!
However, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to add some glitter to the birthday crown if that’s what you or your child desires. After all, it is your birthday!
Yes, it really is that simple! Helping your child to add personal touches to their birthday crown will probably make them feel a little more special on their birthday, too, so what have you got to lose?
Whether the birthday crown will be reused, or if it’s to simply be left as the result of a fun one-time arts and crafts session, you and your child will enjoy the process of making and designing together.