Have you ever had a brilliant idea for something that lead to something else entirely? Well, I had a brilliant idea to make myself a "fairy crown" for the Halloween weekend of Ren Faire. Only problem is that the crown lead me down a path of making an entirely new costume I didn't intend to make. Ahh...maybe only problems costumers have.
So this post is about how to make a crown. An earthy crown for what would eventually turn out to be an elf-queen like costume for Faire.
First I needed vines, I was going to run to the local craft big box store when I realized I had a grape vine in my back yard. Mother nature was providing, however it was a little late in the season so many of the vines were already a little dry. I was able to pluck enough of them to work...but I needed a frame:
I then took the vine which was still green and pliable on the inside and started bending it around the frame while wrapping it.
I tried really hard not to add any glue at all but ended up using the glue gun a little at the very tops where the thin pieces met to keep them all tightly together. You couldn't see it once done because it was more inside. Then I let it dry out.
At this point I took the crown to the craft store and tried to be inspired in regards to how to decorate it. I wanted natural or natural-ish decorations. I ordered some butterfly wings from Ebay....yes I do realize for some people that is gross but I had a vision. In the end they showed up weeks late and crushed to a pulp....maybe karma for buying the things in the first place.
I found these wonderful quartz "beads" that would work...not a unique idea but they did turn out nicely. They were a bear to find the right bead that would work without glue. Lots of twisting wire (which should have been thicker) and praying everything would stay.
Loved my earthy crown, but the insidious thing is that because of this accessory I ended up with a whole new Ren Faire costume...love how that works sometimes.
NOTE: I don't have a picture of this, but once I was done I realized I didn't know how to attach it to my head. I did get some thicker galvanized wire from the garage and made a "Y" shape that had three ends that wrapped around the base of the circle so it made a brace to attach hair pins to. I will try to get a photo and post at some point. It did work, that sucker wasn't moving but the whole thing hurt like heck when I didn't duck low enough to get in the car while wearing the crown...ack!
Here is a getting dressed photo with the crown on...sadly I didn't realize I pinned it on a little cock-eyed.