Medieval Crown

Recreate the majesty of the kings and queens of medieval Europe with this wearable crown craft made out of construction paper strips.
Medieval Crown craft

Materials

  • Yellow or gold construction paper
  • Round paper fastener
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Red crepe paper (optional)
  • Things to decorate your crown with: sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, glitter glue, puffy paint, tinsel paper, etc.

Safety Tips

  • This craft is intended for ages 9 and above. Younger kids will need adult help and supervision.
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Steps

Step 1 Medieval Crown craft 1. Cut out a 1½ to 2-inch wide strip of yellow or gold construction paper long enough to go around your head. This piece will be the crown's base so the construction paper should be thick/heavy weight for a sturdy crown.
Step 2 Medieval Crown craft 2. Glue the ends of the strip together to form a circle.
Step 3 Medieval Crown craft 3. Cut out a pair of 1½-inch wide by 10-inch long strips of black or brown construction paper (or a color that best blends with your hair color).
Step 4 Medieval Crown craft 4. Glue the first strip across the middle section of the base, spanning the circle's diameter. This strip will define the crown's fit on your head and should follow your head's contour. Try on the crown and adjust the strip's position while the glue hasn't quite set yet.
Step 5 Medieval Crown craft 5. Position the second strip perpendicular to, and at roughly the same height as the first. Glue the ends in place.
Step 6 Medieval Crown craft 6. Reinforce each strip's connection to the base with tape. These two strips should be well-anchored since they form the supports or frame for your crown.
Step 7 Medieval Crown craft 7. Cut out six identical strips of yellow or gold construction paper. Each strip should be 1½ inches wide and 8 inches long.
Step 8 Medieval Crown craft 8. Curve out the strips on one end and punch a hole near the tip.
Step 9 Medieval Crown craft 9. Punch a hole at the center of the supports.
Step 10 Medieval Crown craft 10. Glue the strips from inside the base at the 12 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 8 o'clock, and 10 o'clock positions. Try to glue the strips at the same height along the base.
Step 11 Medieval Crown craft 11. If you want to create a lining for your crown similar to the fabric lining for a real royal crown, cut out a couple of "half-petal" or "hill" shapes from red crepe paper. Glue the base of these crepe paper shapes along the upper edge of the crown's base
Step 12 Medieval Crown craft 12. Glue the tips of the crepe paper onto the center of the crown supports. If you prefer not to have this lining, skip Steps 11 and 12.
Step 13 Medieval Crown craft 13. Create a cross-shaped crown topper by cutting out a pair of identical crosses from yellow or gold construction paper. Include a tab or rectangular extention at the base of each cross. Crease along the bottom tab. Glue the crosses together except the bottom tabs. The crosses should be aligned at the edges. Fold out the bottom tabs.
Step 14 Medieval Crown craft 14. Punch a hole at the center of one bottom tab and insert a round paper fastener.
Step 15 Medieval Crown craft 15. Insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on one of the crown's six strips.
Step 16 Medieval Crown craft 16. Simlarly insert the ends of the paper fastener through the hole on each of the remaining strips so that the tips of all six get tucked neatly under the cross.
Step 17 Medieval Crown craft 17. Anchor the cross onto the crown by inserting the ends of the paper fastener through the center holes on the supports, easily puncturing the crepe paper cover. Split the ends of the fastener from the inside of the crown.
Step 18 Medieval Crown craft 18. For safety, cover the ends of the paper fastener with tape or with a small piece of paper.
Step 19 Medieval Crown craft 19. Decorate your crown with sequins, rhinestones, plastic gems, gem-style stickers, beads, glitter glue, puffy paint, bits of tinsel paper, and other notions. Check out our Bejeweled Crown craft for more crown decorating ideas.
Gold Medieval Crown craft 20. Once the glue dries, try on your awesome royal crown!

More Ideas

Gold Medieval Crown craft If you want a painted crown, use white construction paper instead of yellow or gold construction paper. Paint the entire crown using tempera or acrylic paint after Step 18. Let the paint dry before decorating your crown.

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