Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Birthday Crown Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Last week, I guest blogged at The CSI Project.  For those of you who may have missed it,  I wanted to share my tutorial with you on how to make a fun paper birthday crown for kids!

Final 2

My daughter Addison's 5th birthday was yesterday, but her party is this weekend!  This year we have decided on a movie themed party - full of Hollywood Glamour!  This crown can be personalized for any theme - just choose the paper you want to use!


Here are the supplies you'll need:

(2) 12 x 12" sheets of patterned scrapbook paper (in coordinating colors)
(2) 12 x 12" sheets of heavy cardstock (in coordinating colors)
Any additional paper or cardstock you wish to add - get creative!
Paper Cutter
Permanent Glue or Tape Runner (I use both)
Hot Glue Gun
Spray Adhesive (I use Krylon)
(2) 26" cuts of Ribbon (5/8" is best)
16" of decorative trim
Decorative Punch (optional)

Step 2

Start by cutting the four 12 x 12" sheets into four 12" x 4 1/2" pieces.  One pattern will be the front side of your crown, and the other will be the back.  Adhering the patterned paper to the cardstock will add stability to your crown.


Head outside, and lay out a piece of scrap paper as your work surface (this adhesive gets sticky!).  Turn your sheets over, so the back side of the paper is facing up, and spray 2 of the 4 pieces.  

Step 4

Line up the edges of one of the front and back pieces, and secure together.  Repeat with the other two pieces.  You'll end up with this.

Step 5-a

Step 5-b

Using your decorative paper punch, punch the edges of both pieces.  (If you don't have a punch, you could trace a round object like a bowl to create a scallop and then cut that out).


Next - you just want to make sure you even everything out to make it easier to layer.



Leave the seam in the center - this will get covered later.   Your final piece will be 16" long.  This won't go all of the way around the head, you'll want about 3 1/2" left in the back to tie the ribbon.


Cut three 1 1/4" x 4" strips of patterned paper, and then three more 1 1/8" x 4" strips in a different color.  Glue together, leaving about 1/8" on either side.  



Step 9-a

Step 9-b

I used my cricut to cut stars and the #5, but again - you could draw or trace stars and hand cut them - or add another shape entirely - it's up to you!

Step 10-a

To add the trim, I hot glued each end down first, and then just peeled back the trim, adding a line of hot glue underneath.

Step 10-b

Step 11

Punch a hole about 1/2" above your trim on either end.

Step 12

Feed the ribbon through and knot about 1" down from the punched hole.

That's it - you're done!!  You can add anything else you like to the crown - I added a little banner that said "Happy Birthday Addison"!

Final 1

Final 4

Final 2

Final 3

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!! 

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