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are you ready to make some crowns? these were a major hit at my birthday last weekend. download the templates and make your own! they make great photo booth props…

what you’ll need:

• poster board (perhaps in shiny gold???)
• scissors
• pencil
• craft glue
• glitter, gems, sequins, pom palms, anything glittery that you can get your hands on
• small binder clips

how to make them:

DOWNLOAD CROWN TEMPLATES HERE (2879) and print two copies out.
• cut them out and tape or glue together to make the length of the crown (we’ve made one crown that is small and sits on top of your head and one that will fit around it. but if you want to make either bigger or smaller (say for kids) all you have to do is add or subtract length by printing an additional template or cutting one down.
• lay down the template on the backside of your poster board and trace the shape with your pencil.
• cut out your crown base with scissors.

• if you’ve made a little pointy crown you can add some style to it by curling the ends.

• here comes the fun part, glue as much stuff to your crown as you can come up with. maybe you can’t decide if you want to use glitter or gemstone, rule like a queen and use both. this is your chance to indulge, for one of our crowns we applied a layer of spray glue and dumped a giant bowl of sequins on top… twice.
• or maybe you play it straight and you just embellish a little, your choice, it’s your birthday.
• finally wrap the ends around, apply glue and secure with a binder clip until dry.

also, download & print the second crown template (2803) for a more classic crown shape & jewel it up.

THEN…you take those babies on the road! we rented a white stretch limo (cheesy & amazing) and went to a bunch of photo booths around town before the birthday party started. it was a total blast & definitely one of my more memorable birthdays!

as always, let us know if you made them & how they turned out!

project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve & LA photo booths
more DIY projects here



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  • 1. rachael  |  January 25th, 2013 at 6:18 am

    i would honestly love to wear a crown like this every day. it would make me feel like every day is a celebration, which it is, because we’re alive! :)

    later bri!

  • 2. Mariel  |  January 25th, 2013 at 6:41 am

    This is so cute! Great party idea! x

  • 3. Molly {Dreams in HD}  |  January 25th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    absolutely amazing crowns!!
    your birthday party looked like a total blast :)

  • 4. Jeline Catacutan  |  January 25th, 2013 at 6:54 am

    OMG TOO CUTE! Definitely making myself one!


  • 5. Kenzie Lee  |  January 25th, 2013 at 7:04 am

    This is such a cute idea! I love the photo booth idea for a party!

    X Kenzie


  • 6. lei  |  January 25th, 2013 at 7:10 am

    where do you get SHINY GOLD poster board? i have never seen this even at an art supply store!

  • 7. Brooke  |  January 25th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    So fun- I def have to do this for my birthday! Thanks for the great idea!

  • 8. Jaclyn  |  January 25th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Such a perfect excuse to wear a crown all day! I love the options you have to decorate them.

    Stay in the Lines

  • 9. deelights  |  January 25th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    very cute! they are all so adorable. i can’t decide what’s my fav.

  • 10. Gretchen  |  January 25th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    You’re the coolest. LOVE!

  • 11. Chick Tyler  |  January 25th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Very fun DIY! Love it!

  • 12. Sarah  |  January 25th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Your birthday crown is too fab for words! I’m sitting here giggling at all the photo booth party pics of you and your friends! LOVE!

  • 13. kristina  |  January 25th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    so incredibly cute!

  • 14. LARY@ Inspiration Nook  |  January 25th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This is absolutely awesome!

  • 15. Kristen  |  January 25th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    So stinkin cute! Def stealing this idea. The pictures are so cute. Haha Emily Henderson’s the best, you can’t even see her crown :)

  • 16. Brit  |  January 25th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    What size paper would you recommend printing these on?

  • 17. stephanie  |  January 25th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    This is my favorite DIY ever! Not even kidding.

  • 18. Melanie@theselfstyler  |  January 25th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    So much fun! I do love a party prop! Seeing as I don’t have a photo booth near by, I might have to whip out my trusty Instax Mini instead. Great idea! xx

  • 19. Megan @ Two Live Colorfully  |  January 25th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I need this in my life!!! I’m a huge proponent of birthdays and this project is totally happening!!

    Amazing project! Thanks for sharing!!

  • 20. Amanda  |  January 25th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    These are amaaaazing! It looks like you had so much fun! Happy belated birthday!

  • 21. andi  |  January 26th, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Incredible idea! It’s my birthday next month…

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    How fun is this d.i.y ?? My niece would love this!



  • 25. Sally from Little Hiccups  |  January 26th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    These crowns are amazing! Thanks for sharing the template. I’ll be making these for daughter’s upcoming birthday party. Well, I’ll be cutting out the crowns and my daughter and her friends will be decorating them as part of their party fun :) Will have to share some pics with you after her party (next weekend) – although I’m sure they won’t turn out quite as stunning as yours ;)

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    This would be THE perfect prop for a Valentines themed “Princess for a Day” Day : )

  • 28. Holly Ross  |  January 29th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I made birthday crowns for my friend, Elyn’s, birthday (who, at the last minute, was staying in town!) I was at work and only had a Walgreen’s nearby, so I used gift bags, ribbon and spray hair/body glitter. I’m not especially crafty, but they were festive – thanks for the fabulous idea! We’re all still covered in residual glitter :)

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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151366566668184&l=f9757c2fb8 (link to photo for above post)

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    Well, I see I’ve found my run-to-the-grocer’s headgear.

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    My daughter and her friends made your fabulous crowns at her 6th birthday party today. Thanks for the inspiration! You can see their crowns, and all of their party fun, here: http://www.littlehiccups.net/2013/02/avas-6th-birthday-party.html#more

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    These are all so adorable…definitly going to have to make these for my birthday.

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    These are all adorable…can’t wait to make them for my birthday.

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    This crown is adorable! How fun for parties, or even weddings. =) Just Pinned this.

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    I adore this! My mom used to refer to herself as “Queen Goodly” (goodly, not godly, thankfully!) and would wear a plastic crown whenever we went on vacation. This was cringe-worthy ’til I got old enough to care (not ’til my 30s).

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  • 66. Annie  |  February 4th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Who wouldn’t want to wear a crown?! This reminds me of the amazing b-day parties my mom threw as a child, such great memories. AND, I happen to spot my dear cousin Cassie Jo right below you!!

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