What child doesn’t like to dress up and pretend to be a movie star, a super hero or even a princess or king? To be a king or princess, in fact, doesn’t take much of a wardrobe. All you need is a sheet or piece of material to make a cloak and, of course, you need a crown. Sure, they sell inexpensive crowns for kids but why not let your child make a crown himself? It’s really easy and will only take a few cheap craft supplies.
Paper cones, used for pouring fluids in vehicles, are very inexpensive and can be used to make the perfect crown. Cut a piece of construction paper to start. The paper will be much more sturdy if you cut a very wide piece then fold it in half, lengthways. Cut the piece so that it’s large enough to wrap around the child’s head with a couple of inches to spare. Turn the paper into a circle by taping the ends together. Instead of construction paper you can also use a piece of thin cardboard. Cardboard can be painted silver or gold to create a regal look.
Set the circle on a table then set paper cones all the way around it. This will give you an idea of how many cones you’ll need plus it will help you to see if you’ll need to leave small spaces between each cone to get them to fit properly on the crown or if the cones will fit just right. Although you can use the cones as-is it’s a nice look to spray paint them silver or gold.
Lay each cone on the table so that the open end is facing you. Flatten the cone and crease the sides well. Now you can decide how to proceed. If you’re using a stapler to affix the cones to the construction paper circle open each cone, staple it to the band, then flatten the cone again. If you’re using glue, glue the two sides of the cone together then glue each cone to the band. Do something similar with tape; place a piece of double-sided tape between the two sides of the cone then use another piece to secure each cone to the band.
When the crown is assembled the child can then use any number of craft supplies to embellish the cones as well as the band. Glue a fake jewel, pom-pom or even a button to the point of each cone to make the jewels for the crown. Use glitter, markers, fake coins, cereal rings and similar items to add the accents you desire. The finished crown costs very little – if anything to make – but your child will enjoy many hours wearing it while reigning over his or her territory!