I love to create custom sessions for my clients when I can. I get inspiration for my shoots from many different outlets, and this one came from an image I came across on pinterest. I didn’t exactly know what they were, was but was able to find these adorable lace newborn crowns on Etsy (go figure! :)) I LOVE Etsy, but at the same time, I needed/wanted this crown for a family session this weekend. They have a new baby daughter and I thought this would be perfect. As time was not on my side, I had to go to my other love, DIY. There are many different DIY Lace Newborn Crown projects out there. You can visit here and here for other tutorials. I didn’t take a lot of the prep shots for these crowns, but here is how I made mine.
What you will need for this project:
Parchment or Wax paper
I was able to find all of the above at Michaels. And it was an easy trip to my local Fabricland for the lace.
Next you will need to decide how big you are making your crowns. Mine were for a newborn, so I really only needed 8in of lace. However, these would be perfect for every day dress up, and can you imagine the faces on little girls if they showed up to a princess themed birthday party and got to take one of these home as a thank you for coming?
I purchased three different types of lace as I wasn’t sure how the final look would show in my black and white images. Once your lace is cut, lay it out on parchment or wax paper and drizzle the fabric stiffener on top. I ran my fingers along the lace and then tapped it my my finger so the stiffener would come free from the detail areas. Make sure to flip the lace over and get the other side. Depending on the type and thickness of the lace, you may need to repeat this step 2-4 times. Allow to dry until your lace is stiff enough that it will curve into your crown shape.
Here is what one of the unpainted, unglued, stiffened crowns looks like
Now the sky is the limit when it comes to color. I choose to go with Martha Stewart- Gray Wolf, FolkArt – Pure Gold + Metallic Silver Sterling. The process for painting these is very similar to the application of the stiffener. Drizzle the paint along the lace and run your finger along the lace so it gets even coverage. Tap your finger against the lace on the parchment to remove excess and allow the detail to show through. This should only take one application. Each type of lace will absorb the paint color differently. Both of these crowns were painted using the same paint color.
Once the paint has dried, you are ready to glue them together. I used a measuring tape as I wanted the diameter to be 2 inches across. You want the lace to line up with the pattern, however, I found if the lace overlapped too much it looked quite thick and the detail was lost a little where it came together. As these were made for a newborn shoot, they didn’t have to be too durable. I was able to dab just a little hot glue on the ends to keep them together nicely. If these are for everyday play you will want to make sure they are glued well, and the overlap may be needed.
And there, you’re done! How easy was that? If you wanted to get a little more crafty you could embellish these further with small flowers, jewels, etc.
I am really looking forward to putting these to good use this weekend and will post a sneak peek soon.
**Update** Here is a image of one of my crowns on this adorable newborn baby girl.