How to make a Black Swan crown

The movie “Black Swan” takes ballet to a whole new level. The star of the show, Natalie Portman, plays the lead role as the graceful White Swan Princess Odette who slowly starts losing her head. As she becomes more and more unhinged, she starts showing ever increasing similarities to the Black Swan Odile. The Black Swan is adorned in elaborate gothic ballet attire and can be a very fun look to pull off. Part of the attire includes a very warped and strange looking crown. With a little creativity and craftsmanship you can make this crown at home.

Easier method

Using your reference image as a guide, take your black paper or card and begin drawing out the rough outline of the Black Swan crown with your white colouring pencil. Don't worry about getting the image just right, the Black Swan crown is meant to look messy and disfigured.

Once you've sketched your crown image, ensured it is the right size to fit your head, and are happy with how it looks, carefully use your scissors or craft knife to cut out what you've drawn.

Grab your black plastic headband and your glue gun and begin hot-gluing your cut-out crown to the headband. Make sure you leave enough time for the glue to settle.

Now glue your rhinestones or sequins to the front of the crown and let the glue settle, place the headband on your head, and voila; you have yourself a Black Swan crown.

Harder method

Using your computer find a picture of the Black Swan crown (the movie poster works well). Resize this picture using a program such as Microsoft Word to ensure the crown is the right size to fit your head. Once resized, print out the picture.

Take your transparent tub and place it over the print out of the crown. Now, using your glue gun, begin tracing the image of the crown in hot glue. Don't worry about tracing the image completely accurately, as the Black Swan crown is meant to be messy.

Leave the glue to set and then gently peel your crown off of the transparent tub. You should be holding a replica of the Black Swan crown made entirely of hot glue. Using more hot glue, start gluing your crown to the black plastic headband and leave to set.

Using your acrylic paint, start painting the crown black, being sure to coat the entire crown. It may be necessary to apply two or three coats of paint. Leave to dry.

Once the paint has dried begin gluing your rhinestones or sequins to the front of the crown. You should now have a fairly realistic looking Black Swan crown in your hands, ready to impress your friends.


Although the harder method takes a little more time, it gives a much more authentic looking crown. The hot glue and acrylic paint will give the crown a shine, just like the crown in the movies.


Working with scissors, craft knifes, and hot glue can be dangerous. Although children can also enjoy this craft project, you should ensure they are thoroughly supervised to avoid accident or injury.

You may make your friends incredibly jealous with your awesome new look.

Things You'll Need

  • Easier method:
  • Black paper or card
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Rhinestones / sequins
  • Black plastic headband
  • White colouring pencil
  • Reference image of Black Swan crown
  • Harder method:
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Black plastic headband
  • Transparent tub (such as a lunchbox)
  • Computer with internet access
  • Print out of Black Swan movie poster
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Rhinestones or sequins
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Stuart Withers is a psychology graduate and digital savvy freelance writer. He is a master of writing web-based content, has worked in-house as a writer for massive media companies like Northcliffe Digital, and loves nothing more than bashing keys frantically on a keyboard.