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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 (6049 downloads)  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 (5747 downloads)  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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    rachael says:

    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!

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

    OMG TOO CUTE! Definitely making myself one!


    Kenzie Lee says:

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

    X Kenzie


    lei says:

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

    Brooke says:

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

    Jaclyn says:

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

    Stay in the Lines

    deelights says:

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

    Gretchen says:

    You’re the coolest. LOVE!

    Chick Tyler says:

    Very fun DIY! Love it!

    Sarah says:

    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!

    kristina says:

    so incredibly cute!

    Kristen says:

    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 🙂

    Brit says:

    What size paper would you recommend printing these on?

    stephanie says:

    This is my favorite DIY ever! Not even kidding.

    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

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

    Amazing project! Thanks for sharing!!

    Amanda says:

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

    andi says:

    Incredible idea! It’s my birthday next month…

    Kelly says:

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



    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 😉

    Stacey says:

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

    Holly Ross says:

    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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    Ana says:

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

    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

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

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

    Katie McC says:

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

    Jen says:

    would you mind posting a quick “how-to” on the wire crown in the pics? I LOVE that one

    Tanya says:

    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).

    I am totally going to do this in her honor at my next party!

    Tanya (www.the-wonderist.com)

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    Annie says:

    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!!

    @ Thanks for the nice share,,,

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