Flower Crowns & Necklaces (Yes, Stained Glass!)

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How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

We made some beautiful flower crowns yesterday. Necklaces, too. So easy and yet really quite stunning. It seems the perfect lazy summer activity as well—to celebrate summer, for pretend play accessories, as a party activity, or just because.

Here's how we did it…

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

How to Make Flower Crowns


  • Posterboard, cardstock, or heavy paper
  • Drawing tool, such as a pencil
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife 
  • Self-healing cutting mat or piece of cardboard
  • Transparent contact paper (sticky back plastic)
  • Flowers
  • Tape


1. Draw the crown shapes on the posterboard, sketching in large-ish inset sections where the flower decorations will go. Cut out the the crown. Scissors work best for the outside of the crown and an x-acto knife will work best for cutting out the insets. Make sure to protect your work surface with a cutting mat or cardboard if using an x-acto knife.

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

2. Pull the paper backing off a piece of contact paper and lay on table, sticky side up. Press the crown to the contact paper then cut away the excess contact paper from the outer edges.

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

3. Press flower petals to the contact paper, creating a bejeweled, stained glass effect.

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

4. Cut small pieces of contact paper to overlap the inset sections of the crown and press over the flower petal stained glass.

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

5. Wrap the flower crown around your head and tape in place.

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

6. Admire.

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

Aren't the crowns just beautiful? I love the ethereal stained glass effect! 

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

Perfect for flower princesses and princes, fairies, elves, and anything else your child can imagine…

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

The kids made flower necklaces, too, using circles of leftover cardstock and the same technique. 

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

A hole punch and some yarn turned them into necklaces worthy of any flower princess…

Flower Crowns and Necklaces -- A fun and easy summer craft for kids!

You may want to make one of these crowns for yourself as well. Just sayin'.

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  1. says

    These are so fun! We do the little contact-paper stained glass pieces all the time here with tissue paper, I know the kids will love this one. Who doesn’t want to wear a crown? Come on! :)
    Sarah M

  2. Kylie says

    What a beautiful idea! I love your simple & gorgeous pictures & tutorial! I would love to do these for a kids craft party!

  3. says

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. It was the perfect project for special mama-daughter time this morning, and we both thought it turned out lovely. I posted a photo here: http://4happyhens.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-lovely-morning.html.
    I read your previous post and just want to thank you for your hard work, and all of the beauty you add to the world! Blessings on you and your family–wishing you peace and rest and refreshment in the days ahead.

  4. says

    Hi Jean! Love this project. Any idea when your Summer edition of your Artful Year series will becoming out?

  5. Heather says

    Those are beautiful crowns, and what a great technique! I love reading your posts because they encourage me to rethink materials. I have some contact paper left from the autumn leaf crafts we did from your e-book (which our family loved!). My daughter’s ‘fairy birthday party’ is coming up, and I’ve been trying to think of fairy decorations for outside that are water resistant (so that I can hang them the night before as a surprise). My daughter can do flower petals on contact paper and then we can cut them out into butterfly shapes, and they can hang in the trees from ribbons – thank you so much for the inspiration, and for all that you do here, Jean!

  6. KAREN says

    looking forward to this – so fun! however for those of us not so crafty…any chance of a template for creating the cardboard crowns?

  7. Sarah says

    Made a variation of these today with my toddlers (2 and 4) and it was a huge hit. What a wonderful idea — thank you for the inspiration!