I have been wanting to pick up some photo props to take more creative pictures with my kids and their friends, but even a small prop could cost quite a bit of money. There are so many things I would like to buy, but since we are on a tight budget, I decided to make things I am able to. This way, I am able save the money for those things I absolutely can not make myself.
One of the things I thought would be great to have on hand is a crown prop for little girls. After checking online for a bit, I found that they could cost anywhere from $10 to $50, and that doesn't even include shipping. Being adventurous this morning, I stopped by the local craft store and picked some supplies to try to make some myself.
The most basic things you need are: fabric stiffer, lace for the crown and paint brush (or sponge). The additional supplies you might want to have on hand are: glitters, rhinestones, silk flowers, and feathers.
After I cut my lace, I placed the lace on a piece of foil. I put about 4 coats of fabric stiffer on the lace. The fabric stiffer does need to dry between each coat. To speed up the process, I used a blow dryer.
This is a lace crown I made that's totally plain. When you pick up your lace, I recommend buying the coarse, cheap ones. I only need to apply 4 coats of fabric stiffer on the lace, but with more delicate soft lace, I ended up applying 6 coats of fabric stiffer.