Thursday, January 9, 2014

Making Lace crowns for babies

You may have seen the latest photography trend, infants wearing cute little crowns made of lace. Oh they are so cute and really can be pricey but if you are like me you know that you can make them yourself using virtually any type of lace and its actually not that hard to make! (I apologize in advance but I took these photos with my cell phone late at night)

You will need:

  • Lace of any color, by the spool, not the fabric yard of lace though it could work if you have the patience to cut it into strips. I don't so I get it by the spool.

  • Freezer paper- do not use regular wax paper, please! get the plastic coated freezer paper. TRUST ME it saves lots of frustration! 

  • Liquid Fabric Stiffener. I use Stiffy fabric stiffener by Plaid that I get at Hobby Lobby

  • A sponge brush or paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

Now depending on what size you want you will be cutting your lace in a length that will work for the size that you wish. An average newborns head circumference (according to the google) is about 14inches around so if you are making it for a newborn you may want to make it a bit smaller so it will rest just on the top of their precious heads not so much to wrap around their heads- understand? Unless that is what you want.

You can also make this for older children or for yourself!

So once you decide your size cut the length of lace that you want

Then lay the lace straight as you can on the freezer paper.  Now you dip your sponge brush or paint brush into the liquid fabric stiffener and gently dab it onto the lace, making sure you really get it into each little nook and cranny. Turn over the lace and do it again.

Now let it dry for an hour or two.

 You are looking for it to be firm yet able to bend it into a circle evenly. If it is way too pliable or if you would like it to be more sturdy then you can repeat the dabbing of liquid stiffener again and then let it dry again for another few hours or overnight.

 Once its completely dry you simply bring the ends to where they just cross over and form a circle and you hot glue the ends together.

  Make them any circumference that you want! You can also add small comb or clip for people with lots of hair that wish for their crown to stay put.

 See how cute they look on the baby! ( I used one of the ones I made above for this photo below!)

 Also you can add rhinestones or beads with the hot glue to add a little bling to the crown! Or even add some glitter to it after adding fabric stiffener, while its drying! That might be fun!

IN any case these are too much fun and can be used for many purposes. Experiment and have FUN!

So there you have it. How to make crowns using lace. Happy crafting!!


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