Posted by: michelenel | 15 March, 2018

Unicorn birthday crown…

What is the definition of procrastination?

When you have so many projects on your sewing list, but you decide to make a birthday crown for your 5-year-old granddaughter instead!

Shame on me, but it was so much fun!

This can be a no-sew crafty project that will make your unicorn obsessed little girl extremely happy.  I used only what I had in my craft room which makes this a great way to use up scraps.

Supplies:

Anything frilly, lacey, or glittery to use for the decorations.

I used tulle/net for the outside.

The crown is a piece of lace.

Scraps of ribbon for decoration.

A small piece of fabric or felt for the horn.

Ribbon to wrap around an aliceband and optional is batting strips around the aliceband for padding.

PVA glue or starch for stiffening the crown, or I used some clear gold glitter spray paint.

A piece of cardboard or plastic for the base.

Hot glue gun.

  1.  Make your lace crown the size you want and stitch the ends together into a ring/tube.
  2. Spray it or paint it with PVA glue and leave it on a round tin or plastic bottle to dry in the correct shape.
  3. Cut out a thick piece of cardboard or plastic for the base, the same size as the base of the crown.
  4. Cut a post box slot the width of the aliceband and about 10cm across.  This is where the aliceband will slot into and get glued in place.
  5. Gather or put pleats into the tulle and hot glue them around the base a little at a time until you have the frill completely attached.  Make sure to press the tulle onto the cardboard to get it well stuck down because it is very ‘holey’ and may not stay stuck otherwise.
  6. When the crown is dry, you can add a thick ring of glue around the bottom edge and carefully place it on top of the tulle ring.
  7. Fold a piece of fabric right sides together and stitch or glue one edge to form the horn.  If glueing then it will be right sides out.  Stuff it with wadding or paper so it forms a nice shape. Seal up the end so that it forms a flat round base for glueing it to the crown. Wrap some ribbon around the horn and glue it in place every twist.
  8. Decide which is the front of the crown and apply a generous amount of glue inside the base of the crown near the front of the crown and press the horn into place – leaning slightly forwards.  Hold it until the glue is dried and it stays standing.
  9. Decorate your crown however you like using the glue or stitching items in place if you prefer.
  10. When you are finished the decorating make sure it is dry before you attach the aliceband.
  11. Glue and wrap the aliceband with the wadding/batting and then with a layer of ribbon.
  12. Place the top of the aliceband into the groove you cut in the base.  It must only go into the crowns base a little to allow it to be secured. If you push it too far into the crown, it will not sit flat on top of the head.
  13. On the inside of the crown I added tons of hot glue across the aliceband that is visible and across the base.  Let this dry well before adding more glue onto the underside of the crown and across the band again.  I used a small stick to smooth and push the glue across the band and the base around it to neaten and make sure it was well adhered to the fabric of the aliceband.  Leave to dry completely and then test it is nice and secure.  If not, add some more hot glue around the aliceband.  If this is not working well, you can always add some tape on the inside.
  14. Make sure you are happy with your decorations and add more if your little one likes a LOT of bling.  Remove any bits of hot glue that have oozed out and don’t look neat, and also remove all those little spiderweb threads from the glue gun.

Sit back and admire your handiwork before giving it to your special little one.


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