DIY Floral Crowns

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Hi there Crafting Chicks followers! This is Ali from Dream Crafter back again to share another artsy fartsy idea. :) I’m sure you have seen these floral crowns floating around Pinterest and I can’t get enough of them! (Sigh…if only I had  girl.) But I do love them for adults too. Not only are these floral crowns really cute, they are also REALLY easy to make (my favorite aspect of any craft.)

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Here’s what you’ll need to make these festive little beauties:

1. A whole bunch of fake flowers. (I would suggest getting some quality ones like at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.) I had an entire box full of fake flowers in my grandma’s basement just waiting to be used. Score!

flower supplies 2. Fabric Scissors 3. Neutral colored felt 4. Floral wire 5. Needle nose pliers 6. Wire cutters 7. Regular craft scissors 8. Hot glue gun and glue 9. Headbands or something stiff you can make a crown with. (Like thick cording or anything that has some bend to it).

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The first crown I made was this one:

Carnation Floral Crown

I actually started with a stretchy headband (and I have to say…it was a pain in the neck) but I’m glad it can fit a baby up to a five year old.  Then I just got my floral wire and wrapped it through the flowers and around the head band. Then on the backside I covered the wire with some felt (using my hot glue) so that it wouldn’t snag in some little gals long luscious locks. I love how this one turned out but I wish I had done more flowers around the sides.

Just in case you were wondering, I DID try these on my toddler boys (which they were not too happy about) just to see if they would fit and how they would look. And they looked amazing (for being on a boy) if I do say so myself. ;)

The second one I made I wanted to do more of a crown so I went all the way around the headband this time with some neutral colored daisies.

Daisy floral crown

I also loved this one, and it looks even cuter on. The only downside to this one is that because I hot glued the felt all the way around the inside, the headband doesn’t stretch as well and so it only fits a baby to a 2 year old. (My 3 year olds giant head was not very accommodating to this dainty piece.) Seriously, his head is huge. Its like an orange on a toothpick.

And lastly I decided to try using something else besides my stretchy headbands. I started by fashioning a fitted crown from my floral wire by tying a loop at one end and then braiding three pieces together. Then I just laced small flowers in between the spaces. Turns out, I like this one the best. And it took me the least amount of time…go figure.

wire floral crown

In the end, I think they all turned out pretty great (for me not having ANY experience making girly things) and I can’t wait to give them away as gifts. I have been thinking about making me one like this third one (but larger…obviously) for all of those summer solstice parties I go to. (That was a joke…I have never been to one but it looks like fun.)

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I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and now you can start making your own floral crowns! Ready, Set, Go! Don’t forget to check out all the other fun shenanigans I have been up to over at Dream Crafter!

-Ali

 

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Personalized Pencil Bags for Back to School

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Sharing these Personalized Pencil Bags today….everything is cuter with some personalization. I found these durable zipper bags at Walmart and thought they would be perfect for all the back to school supplies my kids need.  And using my Cricut Explore and some white iron on vinyl…I was able to personalize them in such a cute way.  In Cricut Design Space I used the “Hello my name is” tag and added my kids names. Before cutting…I made sure to mirror my image. (as with all iron on vinyl)  That is why it is backwards in the photo below! Using my iron setting on high…I ironed over the plastic.  After removing the plastic, I placed a thin towel over my image and ironed some more until it was adhered well. I love how these pencil bags turned out.   Perfect for all those school supplies. Pin It

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I’m excited to surprise my kids with these DIY Chalkboard Notebooks….it’s a chalkboard and notebook in one!  Super easy and fun to make.  It’s always fun to personalize projects like these with names too!  Let me show you how you can make one too.  It’s the perfect back to school gift for your little student. What you will need: -Bright Spiral Notebooks…the nicer ones with a plastic cover -Cricut Explore -Cricut Hook tool -Chalkboard Vinyl -Chalk In Cricut Design space, I used a simple scalloped rectangle for the girl notebook, and a rounded corner simple rectangle for the boy notebook.  I added names one each shape at the bottom with the type tool. Then super easy…load your chalkboard vinyl,  set the control to chalkboard vinyl and hit go! Remove the cut out from your sheet and apply it to the front of your notebook….It sticks well and stays in place.  I love how their names pop! I took some chalk [Read More...]

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DIY Je T’aime Graphic Tee *Cricut Explore

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Chalkboard T-Shirts

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