A little crown for a little one to engage in some pretend play.
This will get you the base for an easy, quick, reversible felt crown that can be customized with Dollar Store jewels, felt animals, flowers, or anything else your 2 year old can stick on it.
If you don’t have a glue gun and glue sticks, you could use a very strong glue. Although I have a few different glues that I could have used, I didn’t like the smells that they put off and because this was for my kiddo, I chose the hot glue route.
Another thing: craft felt is awesome! I usually wait until they go on sale at Michael’s or JoAnn’s and buy up many colors. We have a lot of fun with felt around these parts.
Step 1: make a template from copy paper (or use Google to find a free one). I free-handed it because I was too lazy to turn on the computer or get my iPhone off the charger. Sad, right?
Step 2: cut the first piece of the crown from the template.
Step 3: cut the second (primary color) piece of the crown by using the felt you just cut from the template. Just trust me on this one. Anyway, instead of lining it up exactly, add a bit of cushion on the bottom (about an inch) because you will use this to hide the ‘ugly’ and add some flair. If you’re visual like me and need a picture, I show how you can line up the felt before cutting the second, larger piece. :)
Step 4: cut the head strap pieces. I winged it here because I didn’t want to go in and disrupt the fine concert my child was putting on during her ‘nap,’ but you could always measure.
I’ve used yarn, a fabric tape measure, and once I even used a shoe string from her lacing toys to measure stuff for her. Lazy, people. I am lazy.
Step 5: glue. Wait. Before glue, you should decide how you want your crown to look. I liked it with a little bit of the purple showing above the green so that it would tie the color together with the band along the bottom.
Ok. Now glue.
Actually, no. Wait. Before you glue, a word of caution: do not go all crazy-wazy with the glue here. It’s craft felt and if you use a huge dollop of glue, it will show on the felt. Trust me…
Wanna know how I am certain that you could get two crowns from the felt pieces? Yep… I had a glue-tastrophy myself.
Ok. Now glue.
Because I’m lazy, I just lifted up the green felt and kind of eyeballed where I should glue the head straps. You could get all fancy and measure but I figured that as long as it was under the green piece and it was long enough to wrap around little nugget’s head, we were good.
Step 6: Cut two small pieces of velcro and glue/stick the hook side (the rough side) down on the same side of the head strap.
You won’t need the smooth side of the velcro because the hooks catch the felt and keep it in place.
Ta da! You are done… Unless you want to embellish it just a little with some Dollar Store jewels left over from the treasure hunt you had last week.
Elise has already been princess of the monkeys and fairy princess of the lions… Yeah, I’m not sure why she got to be a fairy princess of the lions and not with the monkeys. Those monkeys are shifty little guys.
Here she is ‘sharing’ her new crown with her owl friend, courtesy of the Pacifier Fairy. What a little cutie!