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The Birthday Crown: The DIY and How-To Tutorial

The Birthday Crown: The DIY and How-To Tutorial

My then-3-year-old watched while I made item after item for her little brother’s frog prince birthday party earlier this year, and in the process, I think I created a monster. I now have a little girl that is totally obsessed with parties, the birthday kind in particular! Makes her momma proud. Her only request besides “princesses” for her 4th birthday was that she have a birthday crown like her little brother.

So in celebration of this 4-year mile marker, I’m sharing how to make one of these for your own little prince or princess. You’ll need:

– Large piece of stiff felt
– Two pieces of contrasting colored felt, preferably with a self-adhesive back
– Gemstones of various sizes
– Maribou
– Fabric glue
– Needle and thread
Templates for crown

Step 1. Download the templates and cut the shapes out of felt. I traced the images onto the felt and cut them out for this crown. You should have:

– Front of crown with peak
– Back of crown band
– Heart and scroll (teal in these pictures)
– Heart (pink in these pictures)
– Number (teal)

The number I cut free hand. If this isn’t something you’re comfy with, print out a number from your computer at 1 inch high, trace and cut out of felt.

Step 2. Glue your bling. My daughter loves shiny things. The more bling on her crown, the better, as far as she was concerned. You want to have the front of the crown completely decorated before you put the band on. I added three large gems to the crown with regular old school glue, but decorate this part as you please. School glue worked fine for the gems, but the felt would have done better with fabric glue.

If you were lucky enough to find self-adhesive felt, peel and stick those puppies down, teal first, then the single heart. If not, break out your glue bottle.

More bling! I put 1mm pink stones on the pink heart, and in the edges of the curls on the scrolls. It was just enough extra sparkle! Let things dry for a bit before going on to the next step.

Step 3. The band. You’re going to have to track down the wearer and make them stand still long enough to pin the end of the band to the front of the crown so that it fits properly. (Have one end pinned already before you put them through this hardship!)

Put a little glue between the front of the crown and the back band and let it dry. I tacked the band on with some simple stitches down low that would be covered by the marabou.

Step 4. Marabou. Whipstitch it to the very bottom, arranging it so it covers your stitches, but not the heart and scrolls on the front of the crown.

And that’s it! Hopefully you have one happy little birthday girl (or boy!) after you’re done like I did. Enjoy!

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.


Sunday 25th of July 2010

These are darling! Instead of making a new one each year, you could maybe alter it a little... maybe adorn it with a cupcake rather than a number... and then sew the band to just one side, while making the other side velcro-adjustable...?


Sunday 25th of July 2010

That's a great idea! Although, birthday girl was so excited about her crown, she wore it all day to disney...and well, let's just say it won't see next year! But my 1 year old son had one as well, and it held up just fine after being worn an hour and might see the light of day at his next party. :)

Domestic Goddess

Friday 28th of May 2010

Today is my mother-in-law's 84th birthday. I just might have to make one for her! Thanks for posting. And I think Julie and I are going to make our own birthday crowns next year. These are too cute!

Paula Biggs

Friday 21st of May 2010

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed looking through the site!

A To Zebra Celebrations

Friday 21st of May 2010

Just found your blog for the 1st all your party much fun!!!!