Crown Making Craft Ideas for Kids
Children love crown making craft activities - they are a great idea for group crafts and also as a party craft project.
The crowns can be made as inexpensively or as lavishly as your budget allows. Perhaps the best thing about them is that they are completely freestyle and kids can get really creative.
We have an extensive supply of children's crown making components and craft supplies to suit all budgets, all ages and groups of all sizes.
This page of crown making ideas for kids has been developed to give you some craft inspiration. However, if you are still uninspired, we also offer an extensive selection of children's craft kits including pre-packed crown making kits.
The Crown Base
Without wanting to state the blindingly obvious, the crown base is probably the most important element of the crown making project.
With this in mind, we offer a great range crown bases in a huge selection of colours, textures, and designs including:
Making Crowns with Card Roll
Corrugated and smooth card rolls are great for crown making projects and are probably one of the most popular bases.
For each crown you will need 60cm of card from the roll, at the most, for a child’s head. This would mean that from a plain 15.2m corrugated card roll you could make at least 24 crowns. Please bear in mind that the other role designs are different lengths, so crown numbers will vary from design to design and between plain and metallic colours.
Cut the crown to length before the crafters start decorating them. Please remember that you will need an overlap to join the ends together and that the crowns need to be decorated before the ends are joined together, as they are almost impossible to decorate once they are assembled!
Why not make a double height crown, as seen below, by layering one piece of card roll onto another for a really lavish crown and longer children's craft session. Just cut two lengths in coordinating colours and use double sided tape to hold one section to the other.
There are also many other uses for the card rolls in hot and crown making crafts. You could use them as a base for some wobbly rabbit ears to make an Easter hat as an Easter craft for kids. Or, maybe, using a smooth straight edged card roll, add some large quill feathers to make a Red Indian headdress for a cowboy and indian themed craft activity. Blue card roll can be used as a base, acting as the sea, and attach an array of boat shapes or jumping fish and dolphins to give a sea themed hat. The possibilities really are endless and all you need to do is decide on your theme and then choose coordinating craft supplies from our extensive range of children's craft materials.
Embellishing Your Crowns
We have an extensive supply of children's craft supplies, which are perfect for kids to use when making crowns. We have suggested just a few of these below to give some inspiration.
Let's Get Sticky - Or Not!
Having experienced first hand kid craft making habits, we have coined the phrase “PVA slide”.
Perhaps we can paint you a picture? A group of girls spend a period of time decorating their pretty princess crowns flat on a table, embellishing them with gems, pom poms and sequins. Wow, don’t they look great? The crown shapes are then rolled up and fitted to the girls heads and they start to wear them. How long do you think it will take for the first item to slowly slide down the crown in a trail of PVA and hit them on the nose? Not long! Not a good end to any kids craft session.....
We strongly recommend either using a tacky glue or fast tack glue for kids crafts where a quick result is required. Kids obviously can’t use mega fast and strong adhesives or hot glue guns. Therefore, these glues really are the next best option. Our tacky glue is our best selling glue for kids crafts; it is far tackier than PVA from the outset and will be relatively dry within 10-15 minutes from application, compared to the hours it takes for normal PVA to dry.
As an alternative you could limit the items you are using on your crowns to only self-adhesive items, such as stickers, sticky gems and self-adhesive foam shapes. However with stickers in mind, we suggest foam stickers for the corrugated roll, rather than flat stickers as they stick better and won't become all bumpy in the corrugation. We have an extensive range of flat or paper stickers which are ideal for crown making crafts using smooth card roll or crown bases.
Some crowns will need to be secured closed after decoration. Although you could use a stapler for this, we suggest double sided tape. As these are sold in rolls and you will then have some left over, you can use this for attaching any larger jewels etc to the crown. However, please bear in mind that you will be unable to stick pom poms, pipe cleaners etc with double sided tape and sequins etc will be too small for the tape.
We mean crowns not kids that need to be dried -we hope!
If you are using PVA glue or paint, don't forget that this needs to dry. It's a good idea not to do this craft too near the end of the session as the kids will be going home with crafts sliding down their face on PVA glue!
If you have another craft, it would be an idea to do these crowns first. Similarly, at a party, these are best done straight away and before games and the party tea, which both make valuable drying time.
Alternatively, as suggested above, avoid glue and paint - pens, stickers, foam stickers etc will make great crowns..... Using glue does give you so many more options though.
If you are looking to make patriotic crowns, why not use a plain base in either red, white or blue. You could then embellish this with craft supplies in the other two colours of the union jack.
Tiara Making Craft Ideas
As an alternative to crown making crafts, tiara making princess crafts are also extremely popular – generally more so with girls than boys though!
We sell an exclusive range of card tiara blanks and foam tiaras for decorating, together with some great tiara making craft kits. The same materials can be used to embellish these as with the crowns on this page but they generally use far less materials in view of their smaller surface area - so you might save some money!
Tiaras are great for many girly themed events and parties, including fairytale, princess, fairy and mermaid. The theme can be varied simply by selecting different craft items from our extensive selection of kids craft materials. The flower tiara making craft kit below shows the effect of 3d Dimensions stickers, the middle sticks to the craft and the outer parts lift up to give depth. Available in a variety of designs, created for adult crafters but working really well for kids too.
Crowns make a great Christmas craft activity and are great for general craft sessions, nativity craft projects and party crafts too - they are a great alternative to traditional Christmas crafts, and perfect to wear to the Christmas party!
We have suggested just a few of the components that you could use below.
Crown Making on a Budget
We have found that it isn't always financially possible to make higher costing luxury crowns for larger groups. Not only are the crown bases more expensive but you also need more craft materials needed to embellish them too.
Just half a head! Why not take a look at our half head crowns?
With these crown bases you will need fewer materials and, in fact, you could just decorate them with pens, paper shapes etc. The budget is in your hands....
These half head crowns are an economical option as they only require half as much decoration, as only half a crown to decorate! Good if time is a premium too.
Sometimes, time and kiddie patience is not always on your side at larger and more hectic craft sessions and parties. If you've ever made crowns in either of these situations, you will no doubt have found that many crowns will have had the craft materials literally thrown at them and the end result can leave you wondering why you bothered! Was there a child who wouldn't decorate it - who just liked it plain? Probably all sounds too familiar! Less crown to decorate means that there is less to decorate, needing less time, less sitting still and less materials!
In addition, these are easy to fit. With normal crown making, you will need to cut the background to the right size and then stick them together, either before or after they've been made. However, all of our economy crown blanks are punched on either end with a small hole. Elastic is included to thread through these holes and fit the crown to the head.
Larger Quantities & Bespoke Kits
If you are looking to buy larger quantities, either as a one-off or regularly - please contact us with details of your requirements and we will do our best to help you.
At littlecraftybugs we regularly bespoke craft kits for large and corporate craft events and would welcome the opportunity to help you.
Just a Few Last Crown Making Tips!
Our top tip is to use decent glue - see above for more advice on this.
Use glitter glue sparingly - it can take forever to dry is used liberally.
What would we suggest that you avoid? Large pom poms, beads and pipecleaners all tend to ping off when the crown is worn. Aside from this, if they are self adhesive or a good tacky glue will stick it - then go for it!
Make sure you have enough crown bases and if you are using rolls of card our advice is to measure, measure, measure!
We hope that you have found this page of crown making ideas and inspiration helpful. If you have any ideas you would like to share, please just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include them on this page. If you are sending photos of the crowns in use, please be certain that you have obtained the consent of any children in the picture.