I don’t think I’ve ever shared my birthday crowns here. It started with this crown in 2012
I made it for a coworker’s office birthday, with materials from the building (big sheets of flat cardboard, paper scraps from the printing presses, adhesive, a sharpie and a stapler). I snapped this picture of myself wearing it, because I was so proud of how it came out.
I’ve been inspired by her before, with this series of mailart postcards. You can see more here.
But back to the birthday crowns. I liked that first crown so much I knew I just had to make more.
I wish I would have been better about documenting them as I made them, but here are a few more that I made. This one was for my best friend.
Here is an expectant Ann (of A Beautiful Party), wearing her birthday crown. I think she was just a week or two away from her due date with her daughter Maybellene, and we were singing her Happy Birthday and I think she was just about to blow out her candles.
This one was a commission, and I can’t remember what it said all the way around. Something like “Your Wonderful Highness”.
Of course I had to make one for MeSelf!
It currently lives on top of my gumball machine.
And most recently, I made one for my friend Courtney (of She Always Loved Larking) for her belated birthday party. Here is a progress shot of the crown before I stapled it together.
And a picture that Ann took of her wearing her crown surrounded by all the beautiful parti-ness.
I love making crowns as they are super low pressure. I think the scrappiness and playfulness really make the crown. It was also really fun to put together this post and see how they have developed over time.