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Gold Lace Crown

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Use lace and a touch of gold paint to create a regal "gilded" crown for a homemade Halloween costume or dress-up anytime. This beautiful crown would perfectly complete any royal homemade Halloween costumes, including princesses. Kids can help make the crown for their own costume or as a fun activity anytime. A smaller crown would work as decoration for a fairy or doll house or even as a tree ornament.
 

Gilded Crowns


Materials:

  • Lace
  • gold acrylic paint
  • gold leafing powder
  • modpodge
  • scissors
  • paintbrushes
  • wax paper
  • (optional) hair dryer


Instructions:

  1. Take your lace and make a crown shape. The laces I used have one flat side. That really helps the structure. The width of the lace and the pattern will help you determine the size of your crown.

    Lace Crown 2
     
  2.  Trim lace to size with a 1/2 inch or more overlap, matching pattern.

    Gold Crown 3
     
  3.  Paint with gold acrylic paint. Be sure to cover all surfaces. Paint both sides of the lace.Let dry. You may want to do more coats of gold paint. I mixed an iridescent gold and a flakier gold for a deeper look.

    Painting the Crown

    Painting the Crown 2
     
  4.  Place on wax paper.

    Place on Wax Paper
     
  5.  Coat with ModPodge until well saturated. I recommend you seal with, at least, 3 more coats of Modpodge. Move it around while its really wet, to keep the holes in the lace from becoming windows.

    Sealing with Modge Podge
     
  6.  Enhance the color with gold leafing powder dabbed onto wet Modpodge with dry brush. You can skip this step, but I really think it makes all the difference.

    Enhance with Gold Leafing Powder
     
  7.  Dry completely flat. A hair dryer can speed the process. Brush dry crown with a dry brush to remove excess leafing powder. Peel off of the wax paper.

    Gold Crown Drying and Removing
     
  8.  After all of ModPodge dries, use craft glue to attach the ends of the lace together to form the crown.

    Glueing Ends of Crown
     
  9. Pinch ends with fingers until set, wait overnight, until dry. If this crown will see heavy use, some stitches on a sewing machine might also be a good idea.

    Pinch Ends
     
  10. Place crown on head and have fun storming the castle.

    Gilded Crowns Finished

 

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Feb 10, 2012

any idea how to attach it to the hair?

 

Jan 27, 2011

THAT IS SOOO KEWL! I don't about the little girls, but this 42 year young girl is going to have a BALL with it! ; ) LOL

 

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Jan 16, 2010

A wonderfully simple idea -- all the little girls should have one!

 

Jan 16, 2010

Absolutely gorgeous! Headed for my lace bin now to start a crown for my great-niece's birthday will be on the lookout for some that is suitable for a young prince for my grandson. Thank you so much for a lovely idea that incorporates stuff most veteran crafter's have on hand outshines any store bought crown.

 

Jan 9, 2010

This is sooooo cool!!!!!

 

Jan 5, 2010

I love your articles...and I save them to file...but it takes a lot of steps for me to save the webpage into a PDF format...it would be great if you provided a link to click on that would automatically put the patternsarticles in PDF format.

 

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