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How to make tiaras and crowns from foil

Updated July 20, 2017

With just a few simple homemade craft items, children can feel like royal princes and princesses. Foil crowns and tiaras are a simple project that parents can make for their children or have the kids get involved and help make their royal creations. Crowns can be made from foil alone or use a piece of cardboard underneath to help the crown last through several pretend play afternoons.

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  1. Cut or tear off a piece of foil paper that measures approximately 50 cm by 20 cm (20 inches by 8 inches). Fold the foil in half and then fold in half again to form 5 cm (2 inch) wide band.

  2. Cut out an 20 cm (8 inch) square of foil and then use this template to cut out four more squares of the same size.

  3. Fold the square in half and then fold it in half again to make a 10 cm (4 inch) square. Fold the square in half diagonally to form a triangle. Repeat this step with the other four squares.

  4. Apply a thin line of glue along the longer edge of the triangle and attach it to the edge of the long side of the 50 cm (20 inch) band. Repeat this process with the other four triangles and attach them side-by-side along the band.

  5. Wrap the completed band into a circle, apply a thin line of glue along one edge and attach the two ends of the band together to finish the crown.

Cardboard and foil

  1. Cut out a piece of cardboard that measures 15 cm by 50 cm (6 inches by 20 inches). Trace a triangle shape on another piece of cardboard that measures 10 cm (4 inches) across the bottom, with a height of 10 cm (4 inches) at the centre point. Place this template on the 15 cm (6 inch) tall cardboard strip with the 10 cm (4 inch) point touching the top edge.

  2. Trace along the triangle and then move the template over and repeat the tracing all across the length of the cardboard. Turn the cardboard so that the top point of the triangle is facing you and cut out around the triangles to make the points of the crown.

  3. Tear off or cut a piece of tin foil that measures 32.5 cm by 55 cm (13 inches by 22 inches). Lay the tin foil on a flat surface and place the cardboard onto the tin foil 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the top.

  4. Make slits in the tin foil to wrap around the points of the crown and fold the tin foil over to cover the cardboard. Fold over the remaining length of tin foil and make slits to allow the tin foil to wrap around the points of the crown.

  5. Fold over the edges of the tin foil to cover any cardboard still visible on the edges and then wrap the crown into a circle. Apply a small amount of glue to one edge of the crown and attach the ends together to make the crown.

Foil tiara

  1. Cut out a piece of tin foil that measures 40 cm by 20 cm (16 inches by 8 inches) and fold the strip of tin foil in half. Fold the strip in half again to create a firmer band for the tiara.

  2. Cut out five, 20 cm (8 inch) squares of tin foil. Fold them in half and then fold them in half again to make 10 cm (4 inch) squares.

  3. Fold one of the squares in half diagonally to make a triangle and then in half again to make a smaller triangle. Repeat this process with each of the triangles.

  4. Open up the triangles slightly to loop them around the middle of the tiara band and pinch both sides of the triangle together above the band.

  5. Apply a thin line of glue to one end of the band and attach the two ends together.

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Things You'll Need

  • Foil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Cardboard

About the Author

Eric Jonas has been writing in small-business advertising and local community newsletters since 1998. Prior to his writing career, he became a licensed level II gas technician and continues to work in the field, also authoring educational newsletters for others in the business. Jonas is currently a graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts in English and rhetoric from McMaster University.

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