Vintage Lace Crowns – DIY

There is so much crafty goodness and inspiration to be found on Pinterest, including many variations of darling lace crowns.  I dug through my fabric stash as I prepared for hurricane Sandy, in hopes of having some sort of crafting-coping mechanism in place.  When I found some vintage lace loveliness in a collection of fabric from my mother (including an eyelet trim that she used to sew my first communion dress), I decided to make some lace crowns of my own.

The crown making process is actually very straightforward:
1.  Estimate crown size and cut lace.
2.  Saturate lace in fabric stiffener and place on wax paper. Repeat a few times until fully saturated.
3.  Be patient and allow lace to dry and stiffen (or Google the microwave/oven short-cut method).
4.  For added color, paint lace (I used Martha Stewart paint in antique silver, rose chrome, and aquarium). 
5.  After lace dries, match up lace pattern and hot glue the ends to form a crown.
6. Add embellishments if you want (I glue gunned big faux pearls and jewels to two crowns.  I also wove gold embroidery floss through one). 

Someone was extremely happy about her newest play props.

Just in time for some homespun fun on today’s hurricane-school-party-ruined Halloween.



  1. Beautiful 🙂

  2. You are so crafty!! And let's say that your Girl is so gorgeous 🙂
    Beijos, Ana

  3. You're a true Renaissance woman. Love the crown. My thoughts are with you and your family during this awful time. Glad you still continued on with home Halloween party for your princess. hugs

  4. Those are so pretty!! I cant wait until my daughter is old enough for me to start making things for her (she's not even born yet so I have time to practice! lol!) I'm just not very artistic…I can cook, but I don't have the imagination for such things. Thanks for the idea!

    • Thanks Lisa..these are actually really easy to make! I think that the hardest part is waiting for the lace to stiffen (some types of lace absorb the stiffener better and quicker than others). And I'm still working on the cooking part over here and will check out your site shortly for more inspiration. xx- Monica

  5. She's the perfect princess. I hope you guys had a wonderful Halloween. I've been thinking about you and hoping you were all out of harm's way.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  6. She looks absolutely delighted with it. Beautifully made Monica 🙂

  7. Gorgeous! Can't believe you made these, you're very talented!

  8. These are SO beautiful! Love how they look and how easy they are to make – such a great idea!

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