UPDATE: This post originally ran on November 7th 2012 but we think these would make super cute accessories for holiday parties and New Year’s Eve so we brought it back!
In the spirit of our November catalog, for today’s DIY I wanted to do something whimsical and inspired by fairy tales, that would make for a fun accessory this holiday season. I fell in love with the idea of making wire crowns to wear for holiday parties or just for fun this season, and it turns out they’re very easy to make! They also bring out that inner child who still wants to be a princess :).
What you need: wire, pliers, and scissors. The wire I used is 20 gauge medium temper wire that I got from A.C. Moore.
Start by making the base of the crown. Use your head as a guide, cutting the wire a little longer than you need to be safe. Test it out on your head to make sure its the right size, and then using the pliers wrap the ends around the base of the crown as tightly as you can.
Next, cut several smaller pieces of wire, all the same length. These will be the points of the crown – they can be as long as you want, but try to keep them all uniform! Lay them around the base of the crown to space them out and determine how many points you want. I had seven originally but added an eighth.
Use the pliers to fold up the ends of the crown points as pictured.
Hook the ends of the point under the base wire, and use the pliers to wrap the ends around the base wire to keep the point in place. The tighter you wrap the wire the more the point will stay in place – but if they are still a bit wobbly, you can add a dab of tacky glue to the points where the wire is wrapped so that they don’t budge! Repeat this step for each crown point until you have you’re completed crown! Once it is put together, you can bend the wire into place and fix any points that don’t look right. I like the slightly imperfect, handmade look, though!
I simply twisted the tops of each point to make the little loops, but that’s entirely optional! You can leave the points just as triangles, which also looks really cute. Pair the crown with one of our limited edition dresses for a truly special holiday evening full of snowflakes and magic!
More DIY projects from the BLDG 25 Blog.
Photos by Julia.