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.