How to Make a Homemade King's Crown

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Things You'll Need

  • Metallic cardstock
  • Clear glue
  • Glitter
  • Imitation gemstones or rhinestones
  • Crystal beads or fake pearls
  • Clear tape (optional)

Let him feel like royalty at his next birthday or let him trick-or-treat in royal style with a homemade glittering, metallic-looking crown. Customize the crown to fit his head perfectly and then embellish it with crystal, gemstone and beaded "jewels." Cut out crown shapes ahead of a special royalty-themed birthday party and let the young kings decorate their own crown for a take-home party activity.

Measure around the top of the child's head, about 1 inch above his ears. Add 2 inches to determine the length needed for the crown.

Draw the shape of a crown across a piece of metallic cardstock, according to the above measurement. Use a stencil to help you with the shape if necessary.

Cut out the shape of the crown from the cardstock.

Spread a thin layer of clear glue across the crown with a foam paintbrush. Sprinkle silver or gold glitter onto the crown and tap off the excess. Let the glue dry for 20 minutes.

Apply dots of glue at random places along the crown. Stick decorative embellishments on the crown, such as imitation gemstones and rhinestones, crystal beads and fake pearls. Let the glue dry thoroughly.

Bend the ends of the crown to make a circular crown. Spread glue on 1 inch of one end of the crown and press 1 inch of the other end into the glue. Wrap a piece of clear tape around the joint for extra strength.


  • "Crowns & Tiaras: Add a Little Sparkle, Glitter & Glamour to Every Day"; Kerri Judd and Danyel Montecinos; 2007
  • "Kingdom Crafts for Kids: Includes Projects for Children from Preschool to Sixth Grade"; Kim Sullivan Fiano; 1999

About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

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