Royal Crown Creations

Crown-making for the whole family
Adoration of the Magi, about 1480–1490, Georges Trubert, tempera colors, gold leaf, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment. J. Paul Getty Museum

Bring some pomp and circumstance to your next celebration—be it Mother's Day, Father’s Day, a graduation, or a birthday—by giving your special someone the royal treatment with a Getty-inspired crown.

Crowns, diadems, and tiaras date back to the ancient world. They were worn throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and are still used today. Crowns often signify regal or saintly status, and are typically made of precious and symbolic materials.

Working with examples from the Getty collection, discover how to make family-friendly crowns for all ages and skill levels using fun and handy materials. Below you’ll find a set of three activities for radiant, coronation, and royal crowns to get things started. Who knows, these crowns may encourage courtly behavior in your family!

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First, gather your materials:

  • Primary: construction paper, cardstock, paper plates, crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints, brushes, glue (glue sticks or white glue), tape, scissors, ruler
  • Optional: stapler, glue gun, hole punch
  • Alternatives: paper bags, gift bags, scrapbook papers, cereal boxes, lightweight cardboard or foam sheets
  • Royal Bling: decorative stickers, glitter, sequins, tin foil, noodles, cereal, lace, pom poms, pipe cleaners, or cut paper shapes. You can cut or hole punch elements from old greeting cards or wrapping paper for more decorative options. Use your imagination!

Tips for starting:

  • Gather all materials beforehand. If you don’t have the exact materials, improvise!
  • Try a practice run to get familiar with the crown designs.
  • Think about who or what you are celebrating as you decorate your crown. Make it personally meaningful and have fun!

Radiant Crown

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Coronation Crown

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Royal Crown

Click through images to see project steps and download detailed royal crown instructions and templates.