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.
The inspiration came from the artist Alyn Carlson, pictured above, and her beautiful paper hats. She actually has a book out now and I need to get it!
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.
Thank you Emily Neuburger, of Red Bird Crafts, for sharing my crowns on your facebook page too!
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.