Celebrate Fall with this leaf and floral inspired crown! Materials Crepe paper or coffee filters or cupcake liners Paint or food colouring (if you go with the cupcake liners or coffee filter options) Scissors Fringe scissors (optional- you can use regular scissors too- these are just fun!) Floral wire Floral tape Child-safe cotton swab Thicker paper Tacky glue Pencil/pen Glue stick Glue gun/ glue sticks *optional We always find these items useful too: Directions You can use a few different things to form your flowers and leaves- either coloured crepe paper, painted coffee filters or painted cupcake liners (you could also buy coloured ones to use). If you paint your coffee filters or cupcake liners, lay them on a cooling rack to dry overnight so that they are really dry for your project’s glue. Cut out your petals. We start with a rectangle and then refine them. They almost look slightly triangular in shape with a slimmer bottom and wider on the top. Then make the top a bit wavy. Cut out 4-6. You can cut them out individually, but after you become more experienced and if your scissors are pretty good, you could cut several out at a time! Cut one end off of the child-safe cotton swab and then cut that tiny part of the cotton area on the other end. Cut a square of your crepe/ coffee liner/ cupcake liner. Put a dot of the tacky glue in the centre of the square and put the cotton end into the dot and wrap the crepe around to form the centre of your flower. (See the video for a clear demo). Secure the paper with floral tape. Floral tape seems like it is dried out- don’t be fooled by this! The glue is activated by stretching it. So pick the spot to start, hold it place with your thumb and finger on your non-dominant hand and then pull it taut to activate the glue while tightly wrapping it around. It is almost a “pulling up and then over” motion. You may need a bit of adult help with this until you get the hang of it! Now it is time to add the petals. Put a line of glue on the bottom of the petal and wrap it around your flower centre/stem squeezing it in place. Add another on the opposite side. Secure it in place with some floral tape. Repeat this on the opposite side, adding two more petals. You can repeat this as many times as you like, depending on how full you would like the blooms. When you add additional rounds, be sure to make them a bit longer. With the last round wrap the tape down the stem (the stick of the cotton swab) a bit to blend it in. Look at real leaves for inspiration. Trace around them onto two layers of crepe or draw your own leaves. Be sure to make two identical copies. Have an adult cut a bit of floral wire to form a stem. Glue it in the centre of one of the leaves and then glue your copy on top. Now to make the crown! Form a circle that is big enough to sit atop your head. Tape the ends together with floral tape. You could cover the entire length for a more uniform look. Add your flowers and leaves to your crown. We hot glue gunned them in place and then secured them with floral tape. Once your crown is ready, pop it on for beautiful Fall photos or to become a fairy! Pin this idea Purpose Using nature as an inspiration to create Safety Notes We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct, adult supervision. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.