Jeweled Fall Crown Tutorial

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Any autumn fairy needs a gorgeous jeweled crown, right?  So you have a kid dressing up as a fairy this Halloween, use this tutorial to make an easy, gorgeous, sparkling rhinestone crown for your forest sprite.  

Inexpensive DIY Jeweled Crown Tutorial in Fall Colors

This whole crown cost less than $10 to make, too!  

Inexpensive DIY Jeweled Crown Tutorial in Fall Colors

That's a lot of sparkle for not a lot of cash.

Materials for making an inexpensive jeweled crown for a fall fairy costume.

Materials for Making a Fall Fairy Crown:

Wire being formed into a branch shape for the Fall fairy crown tutorial.

Start by twisting wire into a long branch with loops at the end of each little offshoot.  Make the entire piece about as long as you'd like the jeweled part of the headpiece to be wide.  Make two of these long branches.

Rhinestones being glued on to wire branch to create a fall fairy crown.

Just like with the jeweled napkin rings, glue the match pairs of the rhinestones, and glue them together, sandwiching the wire loop between the two rhinestones.  

In fact, I originally made these long jeweled branches for the napkin rings.  I'd imagined the jewels going all the way around the napkin ring, but I didn't end up liking the way that looked, so I changed the technique I used and ended up with these lovely long jeweled branches left over.   Out of failure sometimes comes triumph!  Or at least a fun and sparkly new hair accessory.

Pearls being wound around a wire stem with rhinestone leaves in fall colors.

I decided to add some extra texture by wiring some small champagne colored pearls to the stems.  This is an optional step, but I really like the way it turned out.  

You don't have to use real pearls like I did, obviously.  If I were buying new materials to make this crown, I would have bought whatever inexpensive round beads caught my eye, not real pearls.  I used the pearls because that's what I happened to have on hand.  I have a lot of random sparkly stuff around after spending 13 years as a tiara designer.

Wired rhinestone branches being twisted together to form an autumn fairy crown

I like my tiara and crown designs to be heavier/taller in the middle, and taper at the ends, so I didn't overlap my branches completely.  Twist the two branches together to make one heavily jeweled branch.

Fall fairy rhinestone crown being formed.

Form a rustic crown shape with the grape vine wire.  

Use another length of the craft wire to wire the jeweled piece to the grape vine crown form.

Girl with green hair wearing a crown made with rhinestones in fall colors and champagne pearls.

The rest of the costume?  I haven't thought of that yet!  But I'm sure it'll come to me soon.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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