Paper crowns are a snap to make for a birthday party, playing dress-up or acting out a skit. You can make the paper crown as plain or as fancy as you like, depending on how messy you're willing to let the kids get. Glitter and sequins can add sparkle to paper crowns, but if you'd rather keep things tidy, stick with markers or glittery stickers. Paper crowns are appropriate for preschoolers to make with little assistance, although young children may need help with cutting the paper.
Place the short ends of two pieces of construction paper together so they overlap by about 1 inch. Tape the pieces of paper together, then flip them over and tape them together on the other side as well.
Wrap the long edge of the construction paper around the child's head at a comfortable level. A paper crown that wraps around the forehead and the back of the head will stay on better, but you can also make a small crown that sits on top of the head. Trim the paper so it's just long enough for the ends to overlap by about an inch.
Draw the shape you want on the top of the crown using a pencil. You may shape the crown to have triangular points; you may want the points to be rounded or even heart shaped. Cut the top of the crown along the pencil line.
Decorate the paper crown using markers and crayons or glue and glitter. Glue sequins or plastic jewels to each point of the crown for gemstones. You can also use sparkling stickers.
Place the short edges of the crown together so they overlap by about 1 inch, making the crown into a circle. Tape the ends of the crown together on the outside and on the inside as well.
To get all the points of the crown the same size and shape, draw a template on a separate piece of paper. Then cut out the template and trace it for each point of the crown. Make a crown from fancy paper such as gift wrap. You may need to glue it to construction paper to make it stiffer.
Supervise children when working with scissors.