Rapunzel’s Independence Day Crown
Of all the holidays, the 4th of July is bound to top the list of Rapunzel’s favorites. After all, who has a better appreciation for independence? Designed to celebrate the feisty princess’ freedom, this Independence Day crown features colorful paper rosettes and a ribbon braid — perfect for your child to wear while watching your hometown parade!
Print the template and use it to cut a crown shape from red cardstock. Then cut two 1x10-inch cardstock strips.
Use glue dots to attach one strip to each end of the crown piece. Overlap the strips to create a ring that fits around your child's head, and secure them with glue.
Now create a bunch of paper rosettes to decorate the face of the crown. For each one, cut a rectangle that is about three times longer than it is wide (a mix of 2.5-inch-wide and 3-inch-wide strips looks especially nice). Starting at the short end of the rectangle, accordion-fold the paper, creating pleats that are 3/8-inch wide or so.
Apply glue to the face of the last pleat. Bring the ends of the pleat together, essentially folding the pleat in half. Pinch the glued halves to make them stick to one another, creating a semi circle, as shown.
To finish the rosette, apply glue to the pleat at the base of the semi circle. Again, bring the ends together and pinch the paper to make it stick.
Now help your child attach the rosettes to the face of the crown with glue dots. Encourage her to have fun, overlapping rosettes and topping larger ones with smaller ones. Once the rosettes are in place, she can embellish the centers with sticker stars.
For a finishing festive touch befitting a crown inspired by Rapunzel, gather several long lengths of ribbon into a bunch and tie them together at the top. Braid the ribbon below the knot, and tie a second knot two or three inches from the bottom. Glue the braid to one side of the crown, tucking the top knot behind one of the rosettes.