Handmade Leather CrownsMarch 20, 2012 3:09 am Craft Trends, Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Printables, Techniques and Mediums
By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek with Glasses.
Enter an enchanted world with this adorable, durable crown! My daughter, like most children, loves fairy tales. A lot of fairy tales include a prince and princess, king and queen, or super hero of some kind. Crowns are a big part of the dress up accessories. We have made all kinds of crowns such as paper ones that tear and the wearer is heartbroken, then the fix is to tape it or staple it and it’s never quite the same. Felted crowns are beautiful but as with all things felt – in a house with shorthaired dogs, felt is a magnet. I have spent many an hour with tweezers trying to pick the fur out of the felt toys. So, one day I was at the fabric store and they had a large bin of Leather Remnants, a beautiful selection of colors and textures, and I thought this would make an indestructible crown fit for a king, queen, princess – you get the idea.
The benefit of this crown is that it is completely adjustable, it can grow with the child. This crown will be 19″ in circumference, with the laces pulled tight it fits my 3 year old fine. Loosen up the laces a little and I’m sporting the crown. PLUS – it can be wiped down with a damp cloth.
- Ridged Leather remnant – 19″ x 6″
- Leather Lace
- Leather Punch
- Crown Patterns
- Eyelet Setter
First, print and cut out the Crown Patterns, trace it on the backside of the leather, make sure to mark the eyelet holes. The patterns provided are set up to trace one side, then flip it on the center edge to make a mirror image to trace the rest of the crown.
I use basic scissors to cut the leather, nothing fancy.
Once the crown is cut out punch the holes for the eyelets. I have a punch that uses a hammer but there are hand held punches that work like a paper punch. If you don’t have either of those a nail and hammer will work.
Push the eyelets through the hole from the front (good side), set the eyelet, by setting the eyelet setter on the back of the eyelet and hammer. A couple of whacks is all it takes, be careful not to hit it too hard or the face of the eyelet will misshapen.
Next, lace up the eyelets like a shoe using a leather cord and tie a bow. Place it on your head and take over a kingdom!
We like the simplicity of the leather, but these crowns can be decorated with gem stickers or glitter glue.