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How to Make Paper Flower Crowns for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
March 1, 2022
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How to make paper flower crowns for kids with paper bags, duct tape, and fresh flowers. A fun craft that doubles as a pretend play accessory for children!

Updated March 2022

Any small kids in your house who like to play princesses, king and queen, or flower fairies will LOVE making and wearing these pretty flower crowns.

Especially now that there are flowers everywhere.

We first made a version of these DIY flower crowns several years ago, inspired by a post from Maya*Made, and decided to make them again to take advantage of all the beautiful flowers in bloom right now.

Here’s the simple tutorial.

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Paper Flower Crowns for Kids

MATERIALS

  • A brown paper grocery bag (or brown kraft paper)
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape (white is especially nice for these but any color would work)
  • Flowers
  • Stapler
  • (Optional) glitter and markers

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Assemble materials

    Assemble your materials and cut open the brown paper bag.

    Using a Brown Paper Grocery Bag to make our own children's crowns.

  2. Cut a crown from the paper bag

    Cut a zig-zag line along one of the long edges of the paper bag, with the top of the zag about 3 inches from the edge. This piece you’re cutting off will be one crown.

    Cutting a Brown Paper Grocery Bag into diy crowns.

    Now cut a straight line on the other side of the zig-zag. This second piece will be another crown.

    (You can keep going if you like. We made four crowns from one paper bag.)

  3. Add Duct Tape

    Cut each paper crown down the center the long way as shown in the photo below.

    How to cut a paper grocery bag to make our own play crowns.

    Run a piece of your duct tape down the center of the two pieces of the crown, sticky side up.

    Adding duct tape to paper grocery bag crowns.

    Then lay the top and bottom pieces of brown paper crown onto the sticky duct tape so that they overlap the tape by about half an inch. Press firmly to adhere, then trim off the excess duct tape at the end.

    How to add duct tape to make paper grocery bag crowns.

  4. Add flower petals to your crown

    First, gather lots of fresh flowers from the garden! Now choose your flowers and press individual flower petals and whole flowers to the sticky duct tape to create the pattern or design you desire.

    Kids adding Fresh Flowers and flower petals to Sticky Duct Tape to make their own flower crowns.

  5. Decorate your crown (optional)

    Add glitter if you like! And marker embellishments.

    A simple paper bag flower crown made by a child and decorated with markers and glitter.

  6. Staple your crown

    Now wrap the crown around the child’s head to determine fit and staple the ends together.

    Stapling the ends of the flower crown together to fit the child's head.

Wear the new homemade crowns! And if you want to make a paper bag costume to go with your new paper bag crown, then go for it!

Two kids wearing their new handmade flower crowns and ready for pretend play in a backyard teepee.

Ready to make some pretty flower crowns of your own? This would be a fun playdate or party activity!

Note: You could easily modify this tutorial to make different kinds of paper bag crowns. For example, try colored tissue paper, autumn leaves, sequins, or fabric scraps for your decorations.

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