DIY Flower Crowns and Necklaces (Yes, Stained Glass!)


These are beautiful DIY kids flower crowns that are simple to make. Use fresh flowers for a beautiful stained glass effect and a great nature craft to celebrate spring or summer!

Finished crown made from poster board, fresh flowers and contact paper.

We made some beautiful DIY 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…

Crown shapes drawn on poster board cut with scissors and x-acto knife for the insets and laid on contact paper.

DIY Kids Flower Crowns

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1. Draw the crown shapes

Draw the crown shapes on the posterboard, sketching in large-ish inset sections where the flower decorations will go. Cut out 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.

Flower crown patterns

2. Add contact paper to the crown 

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

A young child sticking flowers on contact paper attached to the inset of a poster board crown.

3. Decorate crown with flowers

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

A young child pressing a piece of contact paper over the fresh flowers to give the crown a stained glass effect.

4. Give the crown a stained glass effect

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. Fit the crown

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

Young girls fitting and admiring the finished diy flower crowns with stained glass effect.

6. Admire your new DIY crowns

Finished crown made from poster board, fresh flowers and contact paper.

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

A young girl looking like a princess wearing the diy flower crown.

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

Excess poster board and fresh flowers to be made into a necklace to match the flower crowns.

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

Necklaces matching the flower crowns made from excess fresh flowers, poster board and contact paper for a stained glass effect.

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

Simple diy flower crowns made from fresh flowers, poster board, and contact paper. Can be used for pretend play such as princesses, fairies, elves and many more.

You may want to make one of these DIY flower crowns for yourself as well. And a necklace or two. Just sayin’.

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These DIY kids flower crowns are simple to make. Use fresh flowers for a beautiful stained glass effect & a great nature craft to celebrate spring & summer!

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  • Reply
    Sarah M
    May 23, 2013 at 11:05 am

    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

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    May 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    These are really cute. I’m always seeing new uses for contact paper on your blog; I really need to buy some!

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    May 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

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

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    May 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    What a lovely idea!

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    May 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    These are adorable! I would never have thought to use contact paper.

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    May 26, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    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:
    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.

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    May 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

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

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    May 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    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!

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    June 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

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

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    June 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    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!

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    March 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Jean, I wanted to share our experience making flower crowns. It was an uplifting, life everlasting love experience!

    Much love to you, my artful parenting muse, love, Fernanda

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    April 9, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I absolutely LOVE the flower crown idea – how long do these flowers last under the contact paper?

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    Lili Shang
    April 13, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Hi again… I love your ideas. What little girl wouldn’t want a lover stained glass crown!

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