Easy Cardboard Crown Craft

This cardboard crown craft could not be easier. Our 5 year old girl’s decorated their crowns independently and the best part is, once you’ve finished making the crown you can wear it!

If you’re looking for an easy crown to make for the jubilee, or an easy craft for your child’s princess party then let us show you how to make a recycled cardboard crown craft with the kids.

DIY cardboard crown for kids


All you need to make your own cardboard crown is a few basic craft supplies. You can recycle cardboard from left over packaging.

  • Gold or silver washable children’s paint
  • Bio Glitter
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Cellotape / Clear Tape
  • Paint palette, or paper plates to hold the paint
craft supplies

We used these washable ready mixed paints from Big Colour Co and the quality is great!

How to Make a Cardboard Crown Craft

First, you need to cut the crown shape from cardboard.

This craft is quite forgiving, you do not need to be extremely precise, and you can cut a rough crown pattern by hand.

Here is a guide below if you want a visual to use (download pdf at the bottom of the post if you would like to print)

crown pattern template

We used a variety of different cardboard boxes, as the girls made a lot of crowns!

Including the cardboard boxes from Frozen pizza, empty cereal boxes and more. You can check the size of each box against your child’s head to see if it is a good fit.

From one box, you can make two crowns. Flatten the box and cut into two lengthways, so you are left with two long rectangles.

Each of the rectangles will make one crown. You can see the cut out crown shapes below, in progress.

how to cut a crown from cardboard

Once you have cut out the crown, it’s time to paint.

Kids can paint their cardboard crowns free style however they would like, using the shiny gold and silver paints or bright coloured paints.

painting with gold paint

Sprinkle glitter onto the wet paint and it will stick. We also mixed glitter right into the paint on our paper plates (which we used as paint palettes)

kids making crowns from recycled materials

You can choose to use bio glitter which is a more eco friendly option than regular glitter. These simple swaps are a very easy way to do better for the environment, and it is just as sparkly as regular glitter.

Bio-glitter is actually made from the fabric of eucalyptus trees! Rather than using plastic based glitter, this is clearly a better alternative.

wearing cardboard crown craft

Once the paint is dried (leave overnight to be sure), you are ready to tape up the crown and wear.

Fold into a circle shape and tape firmly, then it is ready to wear.

Check the size against your child’s head, if it is a bit big you may want to tape with some overlap.

cardboard crown diy

Kids of all ages will enjoy making their own crown, decorating their crowns and playing Princess dress up with their own recycled creation!

Printable Instructions

If you would like to print out the instructions, use our create card below for an easy printing format.

How to make a cardboard crown craft

How to make a cardboard crown craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Step by step tutorial to make a cardboard crown craft with the kids. Great for the Platinum jubilee or for princess crafts.


  • Paint
  • Bio Glitter
  • Carboard
  • Clear Tape


  • Paint brushes
  • Paint palette
  • Scissors


  1. Cut the crown shape from the cardboard (use the template if needed, or you can cut freehand)
  2. Paint
  3. Add glitter
  4. Let the crown dry
  5. Tape ends together to create a round crown shape
  6. Wear the crown!


Details at intheplayroom.co.uk and crown template guide

Did you make this project?

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Download Crown Template Guide

Download the PDF file below if you would like to print

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Printables and Ideas for the Jubilee or Royal Parties


We hope you enjoyed this easy royal crown craft idea, ideal for Jubilee celebrations, or as princess crafts.

easy cardboard crown craft for kids

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