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How to Make Stained Glass DIY Flower Crowns and Necklaces

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DIY flower crowns for kids that are both lovely and simple to make. Using fresh flowers for a beautiful stained glass effect, this is a great nature craft to celebrate spring or summer!

Flower crown on bouquet of flowers

We made some beautiful DIY flower crowns and necklaces yesterday.

These were so easy to make and yet really quite stunning.

These crowns are the perfect anytime activity! Kids can make them to celebrate summer, for pretend play accessories, as a party favor, or just for fun!

Here’s how we did it…

DIY flower crowns drawn on poster board with inset shapes cut out

DIY Flower Crowns

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Draw the crown shapes

    Begin and draw the crown shapes on the poster board. Be sure to leave large inset sections where the flower decorations will go.

    Cut out the crown. I found scissors work best for the outside of the crown and an x-acto knife is better for cutting out the insets. Make sure to protect your work surface with a cutting mat or cardboard if using an x-acto knife.

    DIY flower crown shapes drawn on poster board cut with scissors and x-acto knife

  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.

  3. Decorate the crown with flowers

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

    child pressing flowers onto DIY flower crowns

  4. Cover the back of the crown with contact paper

    Cut small pieces of contact paper to overlap the inset sections of the crown and press over the flower petals.

    Children creating DIY flower crowns

  5. Fit the crown

    Wrap the flower crown around your head and tape in place. You can also use a hole punch and yarn to secure the crown around your head.

    Children wearing DIY flower crowns

  6. Admire your new DIY crowns

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

    Two DIY flower crowns

These crowns are perfect for flower princesses and princes, fairies, elves, and anything else your child can imagine…

Young child wearing DIY flower crown

DIY Flower Necklaces for Kids

We had some leftover circles of card stock after making our crowns, so the kids made flower necklaces, too, using the same technique. A hole punch and some yarn turned them into necklaces worthy of any flower princess.

Flowers pressed onto DIY flower necklace

These are so beautiful, you may want to make one of these DIY flower crowns for yourself as well. And a necklace or two. Just sayin’.

DIY flower necklaces hanging in window

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13 Comments

  • 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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    megwrites
    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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    Kylie
    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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    Amy
    May 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    What a lovely idea!

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    Debi
    May 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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

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    Annie
    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: 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.

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    Amy
    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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    Heather
    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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    KAREN
    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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    Sarah
    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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    Fernanda
    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!
    http://amararama.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/pride-no-prejudice-or-why-my-boys-wear-flower-crowns/

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

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    Annie
    April 9, 2018 at 11:27 am

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

  • Reply
    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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