{ CROWN HEADBAND }

Who has never dreamed of being a king or queen? Or simply, to own a royal crown made of a noble metal ornamented with precious jewels?

Here is a D.I.Y. tutorial that I created to show you how to create a beautiful metal headband crown easily, quickly, with few materials and at a low price! Perfect for dressing up, a costume of king, queen, prince or princess, a cosplay, a photoshoot or just dream.

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Step 1: [ S U P P L I E S ]

( 1 ) METAL HEADBAND simple or covered with plastic or fabric.
( 2 ) METAL FILIGREES or ornamented brass charms of similar shapes.
( 3 ) METALLIC ACRYLIC PAINT OR PATINA bronze, gold or silver-coloured to match the color of the headband and filigrees.*
( 4 ) GLUE in glue gun or strong glue stick.
( 5 ) RHINESTONES or strass of different sizes and shapes, in resin, acrylic or glass of diamond (silver), ruby (red), sapphire (blue), emerald (green) colours.
( 6 ) PAINTBRUSH classic.

( * I used the paint DECO ART RAYHER "Brill. Gold" for the king's crown and DECO ART RAYHER Extreme Sheen "Antique Bronze" for the queen's crown. The metal filigrees are made of brass or bronze painted metal and can be found in the craft shop or on the internet)

Step 2: [ B a S E ~ King ]

( 1 ) Paint the headband the same color as the filigrees, unless it has already the right color.
( 2 ) Choose filigrees of identical sizes and shapes and try to think of a way to organize them similar to that of real crown ornaments. For this one, the king's crown, choose a higher and more imposing shape than that of the queen.
( 3 ) Slightly bend the metal filigrees to fit the rounded shape of the headband.
( 4 ) Then glue them with a glue gun or strong glue by organizing them on the headband.

Step 3: [ P a I N T I N G ~ King ]

( 5 ) If glue protrudes in some areas, cut it with pliers or scissors.
( 6 ) Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all filigrees to create the base of the crown.
( 7 ) Let the glue dry.
( 8 ) Then check that the filigrees fit tightly on the headband.

Step 4: [ O R N a M E N T I N G ~ King ]

( 9 ) Then choose rhinestones and strass of various sizes and shapes, in the colour or colours of your choice to decorate the crown. Preferably realistic and period colours such as diamonds, ruby, sapphire, emerald or pearls.
( 10 ) Then glue them to different parts of the filigrees and headband.
( 11 ) Try to reproduce patterns of real crowns or create pretty shapes (flowers, leaves, geometrics or rosettes) as jewels are organized on royal crowns.
( 12 ) Let it dry and your king's crown is ready!

Step 5: [ E N J O Y ~ King ]

That's it, your resplendent king's crown is ready!

Step 6: [ B a S E ~ Queen ]

( 1 ) Paint the headband the same color as the filigrees, unless it has already the right color.
( 2 ) Choose filigrees of identical sizes and shapes and try to think of a way to organize them similar to that of real crown ornaments. For this one, the queen's crown, choose a lower and more delicate shape than that of the king.
( 3 ) Slightly bend the metal filigrees to fit the rounded shape of the headband.
( 4 ) Then glue them with a glue gun or strong glue by organizing them on the headband.

Step 7: [ P a I N T I N G ~ Queen ]

( 5 ) If glue protrudes in some areas, cut it with pliers or scissors.
( 6 ) Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all filigrees to create the base of the crown.
( 7 ) Let the glue dry.
( 8 ) Then check that the filigrees fit tightly on the headband.

Step 8: [ O R N a M E N T I N G ~ Queen ]

( 9 ) Then choose rhinestones and strass of various sizes and shapes, in the colour or colours of your choice to decorate the crown. Preferably realistic and period colours such as diamonds, ruby, sapphire, emerald or pearls.
( 10 ) Then glue them to different parts of the filigrees and headband.
( 11 ) Try to reproduce patterns of real crowns or create pretty shapes (flowers, leaves, geometrics or rosettes) as jewels are organized on royal crowns.
( 12 ) Let it dry and your queen's crown is ready!

Step 9: [ E N J O Y ~ Queen ]

That's it, your charming queen's crown is ready!

Step 10: [ E N J O Y ]

That's it! Your crowns of king, queen, prince or princess are now ready to be wear! Thanks to their lightweight material, they are light to wear and normally hold in place (if necessary, you can attach them to your hair with small hairpins).

Do not hesitate for a very precise costume, to be inspired by real crowns as those of the Renaissance or the era of the tudors! The possibilities of use of coloured rhinestones and filigrees are endless!

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