Lace Crown: A Tutorial

Harper’s big birthday celebration is less then two weeks away! I have been working on stuff here and there to a jump start but now that Thanksgiving is over it is time to kick into high gear. Since her birthday falls right before Christmas I am not too worried about all the decorations (although I definitely have some fun stuff to show you) and I decided to really make my main focus her birthday outfit. I already made her a scrap fabric birthday skirt that you can see a how-to here. Next on the list was her head piece. I scoured through my favorite place (ahem… pinterest) and found a really cute lace tiara. So off to Joann’s I went. The supplies all together cost me about $5 after I used one of the 50% off one item coupons.

What you need:

1/2 yard of CROCHET lace. The size and color of the lace does not matter too much but it does need to be the crochet kind or else it will not be thick enough

A bottle of fabric stiffener. I chose Aleen’s. It needs to be in a bottle that has a spray noozle

Paint. I used Martha Stewart’s “Blueberry Slush” paint that I found with all the other acrylic paint. It is a really pretty light turquoise color with glitter mixed in. It was also a cheaper option at around $2. You will just want to make sure that whichever product you chose that it is safe for fabrics

Jewels. I used old pieces of my costume jewelry but really any type of bling will work

Glue. I used a hot glue gun but tacky glue would have probably been a better bet.

Poster board




  1. Decide how big you are wanting the crown to be. I took a cut down piece of poster board and wrapped it around Harper’s head.I want it to fit all the way around her head but you can make it smaller so that it just sits on the top. I know that my kid would have it on for 2 seconds only if it didn’t at least seems somewhat secure. Tape the board closed and trim it so it is not too tall. Then you can wrap the outside with packing tape if you wish. I did do this to make sure that the lace did not stick to the poster board. The tape did melt a little.
  2. Get a small bowl and place the lace in the bowl and cover it completely with the fabric stiffener. This needs to soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Once the 15 minutes is up, remove the lace from the bowl, allow excess liquid to drip off, and wrap the lace around the poster board. The lace needs to be secured closed with glue. Put the stiffener from the bowl back into the bottle.
  4. Pop the crown and poster board onto a paper plate or piece of parchment paper. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Check the lace to check for dryness. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until it is dry to the touch.
  5. Remove the plate and crown from the microwave and spray it completely with the fabric stiffener. Microwave it once again just as you did before, in 30 second increments, until dry. You will want to continue this step until the crown is at your desired stiffness. I did mine with 3 spray sessions because I did want it a little more floppy. It can take up to 7 or more times for it to become super stiff.
  6. Take the crown off the poster board. This step may require a butter knife or spatula in order to separate the lace from the paper. Place the crown back on the paper plate and microwave again for 30-60 seconds until completely dry.
  7. Paint your crown. I did 2 light coats on the outside and 1 on the inside. Allow to dry. You can use a blow dryer to quicken up this step but DO NOT place it back into the microwave.
  8. Embellish your crown with the jewels. You can use hot glue or if it is an earring or brooch you are using you can just stick it through the lace to secure
  9. Viola!

My birthday girl has an adorable little crown to match her vintage fabric skirt!


I used THIS method to create my crown but there is THIS way and THIS way too!



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