This paper bag tiara is one of my favourite flower crafts ever. If you have a little girl who loves to craft and adores fairy crafts, she’ll love this simple paper bag craft.
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 this paper bag tiara.
(Be sure to check out our Paper Bag Mermaid Crown, Paper Bag Magician’s Hat and Paper Bat Alien Hat too.)
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 make here. HA!
When the hooligans finished their tiaras today, we were so excited. They turned out 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 a paper bag tiara:
To start, cut off the bottom of the paper bag.
Next, roll the edges of the paper bag outward. By rolling it outward, any branding that’s 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 roll.
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?
Now, hand everything over to your child.
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, and you need something stronger than white glue.
My 3 and 4 year-olds 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.
Decorating your Tiara with Flowers
Have your child glue flowers all the way around the tiara.
Finish by winding some strands of green raffia around the flowers.
More Paper Bag Crafts for Kids:
Magician’s Hat and Homemade Magic Kit
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
aw…too cute for words!
Gorgeous! And how fun!
These are beautiful!!!!!
Thank you, Tiffany! Glad you liked them! 🙂
Capri + 3--Theresa
Your ‘sidekick’ did a great job transforming the tiara into a beautiful accessory. This would be a fun birthday party idea. Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday. Pinned it!
I love how this turned out! I just wanted to let you know featured this post in a round up of DIY crowns for International Tiara Day coming up on Friday. http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/05/15-beautiful-diy-crowns-tiaras-to-make.html
Your post is absolutely gorgeous, Carissa! Thank you so much for featuring our paper bag tiara. Just popped over to follow you on Pinterest. You have some beautiful boards!
Love, love, LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing Jackie! I’ve got 2, 2 year old princesses in my day home and I think they’re going to love making these!
So glad they’ll be a hit in your day home, Jenn!
it was so awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank u now i have a gift for my sis b’day……….so excited too……………….
I just love this Jackie! Such a lovely little craft and I bet it goes down SO well!
In the words of my 3 year old granddaughter … I love you, You’re my beeest friend!
I have 7 granddaughters and get to see 4 on a regular basis (I’m so blessed), we are always crafting and I was so excited to find your blogg. Is there a way for us to post pictures of our activities? Thank you so much Jackie, you are Nana’s new best friend!
Thank you, Raynell! My blog looks a little out of sorts right now, as I’m having it re-designed. They layout looks a little wacky at the moment, but I’m so glad you’ve found us, and that you’re enjoying what you see! You can share any photos you have on my Happy Hooligans facebook page. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/happyhooligansblog
So sweet! I have featured it on The Crafty Crow today 🙂
Thank you, Cassie! x
Oh I love this so much. What a great idea. My daughter will love doing this. Beautiful pictures too, Jackie!
Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
This is so different, I love that you used a paper bag. I have shared this on my Magical Things Fairy Day Roundup post.
And boys, too, of course…