Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cardboard Crowns DIY

Who doesn't need a cardboard crown?  The metal versions are just so beautiful, but a little out of my price range for a decorative item, so I thought it would be fun to craft one up the old fashioned way........with cardboard and glue.  Hey, a little paint and some Mardi Gras beads and no one will even know you made it from a box!  Use them to decorate for the holidays or to wear with your King Arthur cos play costume.  Remember to recycle and always Make Your Mark!
 Perfect for my holiday decorating!

Watch how to make them here! 
Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass
Pearls & rhinestone trim
Newspaper and cardboard
Americana Decor Decoupage in Matte
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Innocence, Treasure and Artifact
Hot glue gun and white glue
1 1/2" foam balls
1. & 2.  Cut 6 arches in cardboard and newspaper
3.  Cut a 22" x 1" wide strip of cardboard for the band
4.  Glide all the pieces along a table edge to create a slight curve on each piece
5.  Glue the 22" long piece together to create a band
6.  Glue the arches evenly around the band and clamp in place with clothespins while they dry
7. Hot glue the tops of the arches around a foam ball
8.  Decoupage newspaper over all of the pieces of the crown
9.  Mist the entire crown with water and set a small weight (I used the water bottle) on the foam ball and let it dry
10.  Hot glue bead trim down the center of each arch
11.  Hot blue rhinestone trim around the band
12.  Add a decorative edge with hot glue around the edges of the arches
13. & 14.  Base coat the crown in Vintage Brass and then dry brush the color of your choice over the gold
15.  Paint another crown in gray and sponge DecoArt Metallic Lustres on top
16.  Embellish with rhinestone cup chain or trim to finish
To wear to your coronation!


  1. This is one of my favorite things you've made. Can't wait to take a crack at them myself. Just in time for the holidays. Thanks for another terrifically creative idea.

    1. Really happy you like them! I made this video over a year ago and we just didn't have the slot to publish it. We finally got around to it and I'm glad we waited.

  2. Love the crown so much...making one for granddaughter who shares her birthday with queen Elizabeth. How long are the spears please. Thank you for the terrific video. Karen carter

  3. They are PHENOMENAL! That is really creative!