A I said in my birthday post this was a transition from the gold cardboard crown we started with and since at that time their were no real tutorials on crown making like there are now. I simply transferred the traditional style of paper crown making to our felt one.
I know there is such a wide variety of tutorials available now on the net.
These are some of my person favourites. Ginny's one, also Frontier Dreams has a great tutorial and of course Soule Mama all have beautiful felt crowns.
I really wanted to make some like these for the children. My problem was that when I suggested making a special crown for each child like the ones above that we re-use each year I was greeted with wails of despair.
The children wanted a new one each year like the ones we had always done.
So while I personally adore the beautiful ones above, our children wanted to continue with the tradition we already had in place.
Being a lover of tradition and the memories they hold, of course it made more sense to honour what our children wanted.
A quick word about felt. Although I do really love the natural wool felt. I find that we just can't afford to use it for all our felt projects, so I do use the commercial, non natural felt for the crowns as well.
It doesn't detract from the love the children have for them but does ease the cost involved.
Which when considering how many I make a year can be considerable.
So for anyone who is interested in simple, reasonably quick felt crowns, with lots of decorating options. Here is my version of how we make them~
This is the way I do it:
Make a knot in the end of your cotton and attach on the inside of the piece of fabric facing you.
Then take the needle to the back of the far away piece and push the needle through both pieces of fabric.
Before coming all the way through loop the thread underneath the needle and then continue through.
Pull tight and repeat the process.
Sometimes I paint on to the felt with acrylic paint or if I have any (our children have used this up on me) proper fabric paint. But really the acrylic works fine.
I sometimes glue sequins or flowers or anything that can be glued on with a glue gun. I prefer a glue gun because it is fast drying but craft glue work just as well, it takes longer to dry though.
7. Jewels glued on front and back. This is a very simple crown without much decoration as it is for Stephen.
Mostly I do more elaborate ones but you get the idea.
Needless to say the children use their crown in play for many different games.
Kings and queens, fairies, princesses etc.
I hope this has been useful to some of you and also to show that you really can make very simple things very quickly and without too much skill level ♥
Blessings to you and your homes,