Making A Crown.
You will need:
Cardboard, pencil, ruler
Scissors, glue, sticky tape, staples (optional)
Small amount of hat elastic (optional)
Decoration: stars, stickers, glitter or glue glitter
Color pencils, textas or paint (If painting crowns, allow time for paint to dry)
This is an excellent cardboard craft for children. Younger children who are not up to using scissors may need their crown cut out for them and then they can decorate it themselves. An older child could cut out their own crown before decorating.
Measure the length of the cardboard to fit around the child’s head and add 3 cm for overlap. On the cardboard draw an outline of the crown in pencil.
The children can decorate their crowns with stars, stickers and glitter or they could paint or color with textas or pencils. When decorating is finished, measure the crown around the child’s head for size, then join the crown together with sticky tape.
This is an excellent activity for Old Testament stories that involve a king: eg King David. The child will also enjoy having something that looks good to take home with them and show to their parents.
Note: Staples do a good job at holding the crown together, but make sure that you cover the staples with sticky tape so that the staples don’t catch in the child’s hair. Ouch!! Alternatively, attach the staples from the inside, and then the open edge of the staple is on the outside of the crown.
The blue crown is made out of patterned or textured cardboard, with silver cardboard flowers glued on. Allow an extra 2cm of cardboard at the back, and bend the cardboard back. This is held together with staples and then hat elastic is threaded through to make the crown “one size fits all” size. If you don’t have hat elastic, a large elastic band would work just as well. Just add it before you staple the back piece.
Children will enjoy parading around, showing off their crown!