DIY Tiaras

Written by christi aldridge
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DIY Tiaras
Make your own tiara and be a princess for a day. (blue gem tiara image by Paul Mitchell from

Tiaras make girls feel like princesses. If you want a tiara to play dress up, or you need some sparkle for a special occasion, create your own magical DIY tiara out of whatever materials you'd like. Pair your tiara with a beautiful dress, or just jeans and a T-shirt if you need a pick-me-up. Tiara making is a perfect craft for a girl's birthday or slumber party.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 4 feet of wire (pipe cleaners for a kid's tiara)
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Beads (crystal for adult tiara, pony or plastic for kid's tiara)
  • Pencil
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Hair clips

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  1. 1

    Pull a bead through the wire. Leave about 3 inches of wire from the bead to the end of the tiara.

  2. 2

    Twist the wire to secure the bead and create the tiara. Twist the wire about an inch tall or however high you'd like the peaks of the tiara to be. Use your fingers or needle nose pliers. You can make them all different, or make each peak symmetrical. Repeat this process until you have as many peaks with beads as you'd like. You can also use more than one bead on each wire. Leave a few inches of wire on each side of the tiara free.

  3. 3

    Create loops on each side of the tiara by wrapping the wire ends around a pencil. Twist the wire so the circle you've created will remain.

  4. 4

    Cut any leftover wire with wire cutters. Make sure it's not sharp by folding it down with the needle nose pliers.

  5. 5

    Pull a hair clip through each hole and pin the tiara to the top of your head.

Tips and warnings

  • For a kid's tiara, use the same instructions. Make tiara peaks by pulling pony beads on to pipe cleaners and twisting them onto a long chain of pipe cleaners or a plastic headband.

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