After sharing all of the details from Lincolns’ Wild One first birthday party a few weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to dive into some of the DIY projects that I did to put it all together. One of my favorite pieces that I created myself was this Where The Wild Things Are crown. Don’t get me wrong; I love supporting small shops and purchasing these items, but when we are looking at one-use items, I really tend to get creative in figuring out how I can do it myself. Surprisingly, this hat was incredibly easy to make, and require nothing more than glue and scissors (and okay, maybe a couple of paper clips).
Tow pieces of the largest yellow/gold felt you can find (the more rigid, the better)
One small piece of brown felt
One piece of gold glitter felt
Fur trim (I found mine in the same aisle as the felt)
1. Lay down a piece of your yellow felt. Trace out the peaks of your crown. I used a ruler to equally space them so they were all the same size.
2. Cut out the peaks of your felt. You can paper clip the sheets together and cut them at once if you would like. You want both large sheets to be the same size.
3. Spread felt glue over one side of a piece of yellow felt.
4. Lay down other felt piece and lightly press them together.
*note: the felt glue will not fully take hold until it has dried. It may seem like it is not going to stick, but it will!
5. Wrap your felt into a circle and apply felt glue where you want it to overlap and be held together.
6. Once you have your crown lined up, use paper clips (yes, paper clips!) to hold it all together. There are great for keeping things in place but not leaving any dents or marks! Any place that seems to be having a hard time staying together, clip it!
7. You will want to let the crown set with the glue for an hour or so. While you wait, trace a ‘1’ onto the brown felt. I did this by freehand, but you could always trace an image if you would like.
8. Cut out the ‘1’, and then cut a smaller ‘1’ on the glitter felt, and then use felt glue to lay the smaller piece onto the larger.
9. Once your ‘1’ has set, use felt glue to glue this onto the crown. I used paper clips once again to hold it while the glue set!
10. While your crown is drying, measure out the fur trim. The piece I bought worked perfect to wrap around the bottom edge so that it came up on both sides.
11. Once your fur is the appropriate length, wrap around the bottom and use felt glue to hold. Paper clip this as well! Allow finished crown to dry for at least a few hours.
Once your crown is complete, you will want some sort of string to secure to the crown so it stays on your little one! I bought the thinnest elastic cord I could find. To be honest, I should have gone a bit thicker; my string had a hard time holding the hat because it was too lightweight. I used a thick domed needle to thread my string onto the hat. You can also use a hole punch to make holes in the felt for your string, whichever method you prefer!
And there you have it! I love how this crown turned out, and it is a keepsake for him now, too. I moved it to his room and have it displayed on his dresser, and smile whenever I look at it. It was the perfect crown for our little Wild One!