If your life is anything like mine, you can sing every word of the “Frozen” soundtrack. You frequently hear, “Let it gooooooo!!!” come from your daughter’s bedroom as she sings to herself. And for Halloween!? She’s being Elsa.
Come ON, was there ever any doubt?
Lila is going to be the ice queen, Elsa, in her fabulous frock and with fancy-schmancy faux hair – but her costume was not complete, she insisted.
She wanted a crown.
I know that TECHNICALLY Elsa only wore the crown during her coronation, but for some reason, most little girls are happy to overlook those details. A DIY crown she shall have!
- Stiff Cardboard (I used a cereal box)
- Scissors & Pencil
- DecoArt Spun Gold Acrylic Paint
- Turquoise Pendant Connector
- Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Plastic Hair Comb
- Metal Cutters
I got started by folding the cardboard over and then tracing half of the crown onto one side. I looked at pictures of Elsa in her crown and free-handed it. Really, so long as you start in the center with a shape similar to a spade, you’ll be golden for the rest of it. The reason I do this is so that the DIY crown is symmetrical, which is really what people will look for as they spot the crown atop Elsa’s head.
In the center of the “spade,” I drew a little cut-out with a place for the pendant to be glued. Elsa’s crown has a turquoise jewel in its center; you want to be sure that the pendant is supported. I folded the DIY crown again and cut out the shape.
The pendant was designed as a connector, which means that it had little gold loops on it for attaching chain and findings. Using metal cutters, I snipped off all of the loops. My jewelry supplies are all hiding in a box right now (this is one of the pitfalls of moving and being a crafter), so I broke out the serious cutters from the tool box. But a regular metal cutter from your jewelry tool set will do the job just as well.
Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the middle step, but I hot-glued the hair comb to the back of the crown, and then trimmed the crown around the curve of the barrette. This will ensure that the crown sits snugly on your kidlet’s head, and doesn’t look awkwardly straight. (Trust me, I modeled it at first with the straight bottom, and then realized, “Oh no, this won’t do!’)
Using the glue gun, I attached the pendant to the center of the DIY crown. After letting it set for five minutes, it was ready!
You can see how metallic the paint is when the sun hits it!
I wish I could show you a photo of it on Lila’s head, but the truth is, I’m keeping this a surprise. The next time she comes out in her Elsa dress, I’m going to give her the DIY crown.
She’s going to be thrilled.
And so will your little one! For the cost of paint, a connector, and a hair comb, you can create your own Elsa crown. Cereal boxes are highly useful materials when you’re gussying up your little Snow Queen.