How to Make a Crown Like the Roman Kings Wore

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How to Make a Crown Like the Roman Kings Wore
Make your own Roman laurel crown at home. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you've got your toga and you're ready to dress the part of a Roman emperor, you need a laurel wreath crown to complete the costume. Roman kings wore the crowns as a symbol of winning after a battle. They were also seen on noteworthy Romans that garnered respect from others, such as great thinkers or poets. Julius Caesar is always depicted wearing a laurel wreath crown.

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Things you need

  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Green tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Foil, artificial leaves or green construction paper
  • Glue
  • Hair clips

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  1. 1

    Bend the floral wire into a circle that will fit on your head. Use the wire cutters to trim the wire if needed. Bend the ends of the wire so the pointed parts won't poke your head.

  2. 2

    Tape green tissue paper around the wire so the wire won't be exposed, and to provide a base for the laurel leaves to stick to.

  3. 3

    Cut leaves out of foil or green construction paper, or use artificial leaves purchased from a craft store.

  4. 4

    Glue or tape the leaves to the tissue paper in a single line going around the crown. The leaves all need to be pointing the same direction.

  5. 5

    Place the crown on your head, with the open part in the back. Secure with hair clips if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • To make a child's crown, omit the wire and use a headband. Tape the construction paper leaves to the headband.

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