How to Make a Paper Crown (with Free Template!)

Published: April 18, 2020 · Updated: December 28, 2023 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

These fun paper crowns are easy to make and kid-approved! And since they require very basic materials, you probably already have everything you need to make one at home. A perfect project for a rainy day… and it even includes a free template that you can download and print at home!

These simple paper crowns only require a few basic materials that you probably already have at home, and they are perfect for birthday parties… or for kids who love pretend play. (My daughters use them play princess!)

Grab the printable template and print it out at home to make these DIY construction paper crowns more easily.

And if you have a little one at home who loves all things princess- and fairy-related, check out these DIY Glow Stick Fairy Jars as well!

Required Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to make a fun paper crown for your kids to play with:

Supplies required to make a paper crown.
  • My free crown template, which you can download using the form at the bottom of this article
  • Construction paper (we used yellow and orange because they’re our children’s favorite colors—just make sure you use construction paper rather than regular printer paper if you want the template to be the right size!)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Eraser
  • Clear adhesive tape
  • Decorative gemstones (optional—we got ours at Walmart)
  • Extra-strong glue (if using gemstones)

Note: Because the back of the gemstones is so smooth, they tend to fall off pretty quickly when kids start playing. For this reason, I really recommend using something stronger than school glue, especially if you have younger kids at home who could choke on fallen gemstones!

How to Make a Paper Crown (Step-by-Step)

1. Fold Construction Paper

Start by folding the construction paper widthwise (not lengthwise), then folding it a second time as shown in the picture.

Yellow construction paper, folded lengthwise.

2. Trace Crown

Next, use a pencil to draw a section of the crown on the folded paper. You can draw the same thing I did (as shown in the picture below) or make up your own design.

Crown design drawn on folded yellow construction paper.

Make sure to press down lightly with your pencil so you can erase and adjust the drawing as needed.

MARCH 2021 UPDATE: If you’d rather use the template I created, request it using the form at the bottom of this article and confirm your subscription to receive the file by email. Then, you’ll simply need to print it, cut along the lines and use it to trace the design onto your folded construction paper. It should be exactly the right size!

3. Cut Crown

Leaving the paper folded, cut out the design you drew.

Crown design cut out of yellow construction paper with scissors.

4. Repeat Design

Flip the paper around and use the section you cut out (or the printed template) to trace the same design on the opposite end of the paper. Then, cut that out too.

Crown design drawn on other end of the construction paper.

At this point, you can place both cutouts on top of each other to make sure they’re even. I did this and realized that one side was higher than the other, so I kept them pressed together and evened out the sides with scissors. (This shouldn’t be an issue if you used the template, but it can’t hurt to check.)

Identical crown designs, cut out of yellow construction paper.

Since I was making two crowns, I decided to tweak the second design slightly by adding a point above the circle. (The printable template includes both designs.) Feel free to make whatever changes you like!

Pointed crown design painted on orange construction paper.

5. Unfold & Tape Ends

Once you’re satisfied that the sides are even, use an eraser to erase any remaining lines, then unfold your design and use adhesive tape to stick two of the ends together.

Decorative gemstones being glued to construction paper crowns.

6. Measure & Cut (if Needed)

Depending on your child’s age and the size of their head, you might have to cut off some sections to make the crown fit.

Ask your child to stand still while you place the crown on their head and join up the two ends to see how big it needs to be. Make sure to leave a little bit of wiggle room, because if you cut off too much, the crown will be too tight to rest on your child’s head once you tape the remaining ends together.

I had to cut off one section of each crown to make them fit. My two-year-old has a smaller head than her sister’s, so hers was a little looser, but if I had cut off two sections, it would have been too tight to fit.

Tip: I always keep the sections I cut off so I can use them as a template the next time we make crowns!

7. Decorate Crown

Once you’ve determined the correct size and cut off one or more sections as needed, don’t tape the ends together right away. It’s time to decorate the crown, and that’s a lot harder to do once it’s been taped together!

You can decorate your crown any way you like, or even skip the decorating altogether and leave it plain. The first time we made these, we drew on them with markers. This time, we decided to add little gemstones to make them look more realistic.

All it took was a small dot of glue on the back of each gemstone and a little bit of time to dry!

Decorative gemstones being glued to construction paper crowns.
Yellow and orange construction paper crowns with decorative gemstones.

8. Tape Remaining Ends

Once you’re done decorating the crown, just tape the remaining ends together and it will be ready to play with!

Red-headed child wearing a yellow construction paper crown.
Brown-haired child wearing an orange construction paper crown.

Our kids always have a blast with them—and now that we have a template to use, making these crowns will be that much easier!

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