I got the idea for a paper bag tiara after making our paper bag nests the other day. The hooligans were clowning around, wearing their nests as hats, and that got me thinking that a paper bag would actually make a very good hat or head-piece. I did some brainstorming, and came up with several paper bag headwear ideas, and the first one we tested out was the paper bag tiara. It turned out beautifully, don’t you think?
The hooligans will be using their tiaras for dress-up and pretend play here in my daycare, but I think you could totally use a paper bag tiara as an inexpensive accessory for a fairy/princess halloween costume.
Making these tiaras was especially fun for the hooligans because they got to use our low heat glue guns. They love the glue guns, (more about that below) and they’re a must for this project because white glue wouldn’t be strong enough to really hold the flowers to the paper bag.
This was one of those crafts that you have a vision for, but you’re not entirely sure what it will really look like until it’s done. Actually, that’s the way it is with most of the stuff we do here, so when the hooligans finished their tiaras today, we were so excited. They were gorgeous!
Let’s get started…
To make your Paper Bag Tiara, you’ll need:
- paper grocery bag
- artificial flowers (pick these up at a second hand shop – they’re dirt cheap there!)
- low heat glue gun
I always pick up artificial flowers when I’m second-hand shopping. The thrift stores that I visit always have loads of them whenever I’m there, and they’re always super-cheap!
How to make the tiara:
For starters, cut off the bottom of the paper bag.
Next, rolled the edge of the paper bag outward. By rolling it outward, any branding that was on the outside of the bag will end up being concealed. Gently continue rolling the paper bag, taking care not to rip it as you work. When you get to the end of the bag, you can use your glue gun to tack down any loose edges.
Lookin’ good already, isn’t it?
Kids and Glue Guns:
Ok, let’s talk about those glue guns for a minute.
Low temperature glue guns are ideal when you’re crafting with preschoolers. You just don’t get the same “stick factor” with white glue. Heavier craft materials like these artificial flowers require hot glue to hold them. The 3’s and 4’s have been using our glue guns for a couple of years now, and they love them. Have a look at the cardboard structures they made the first time they tried them out.
Have your child glue her flowers all the way around the tiara, and then wind a few lengths of green raffia around the flowers.
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