1.28.2013

Rook No. 17's Quick & Easy Lace Crown Tutorial

 
 
Recently, I've been seeing some amazing photographers use these gorgeous lace crowns. Especially with newborn photoshoots these are so amazing! I know I've seen them on etsy but I always wanted to make some for my little girl.
 
After searching for a while I came across Rook No. 17's Lace Quick & Easy Lace Crown Tutorial .
I jumped for joy when I found this....it's what I've been looking for!
 
So here is her tutorial!
How to Make Lace Crowns
Approx Cost: Less than $5
Approx Time (active): 1/2 hour
Approx Time (drying): 4 hours
Yield: Makes ONE 18" crown



  • A piece of posterboard, 19" long and 4" high
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • 1/2 yard crocheted lace
  • A straight pin
  • Rubber gloves
  • Newspaper to cover your work area
  • Metallic Spray Paint (I recommend Premium Metals One Coat Metallic Finish from Design Master, sold at Michael's stores. For this project I used "Super Silver" and "24KT Pure Gold)
  • E6000
  • scissors
  • Vintage jewelry, rhinestones, jeweled scrapbook trim, etc...

Step 1: Start by rolling the strip of posterboard into a tube that is 17" in circumference. Use tape to hold in place. Wrap tube in plastic wrap. This will prevent the lace from sticking to the form. Wrap lace around the form and use straight pin to pin ends together where they overlap. Tip: If making multiple crowns, make a form for each crown so that you can spray paint all at once.
Step 1: Start by rolling the strip of posterboard into a tube that is 17" in circumference. Use tape to hold in place. Wrap tube in plastic wrap. This will prevent the lace from sticking to the form. Wrap lace around the form and use straight pin to pin ends together where they overlap. Tip: If making multiple crowns, make a form for each crown so that you can spray paint all at once.


On my first attempt, I used this cute little can of gold paint. I wasn't happy with the tone of the gold, and there wasn't enough paint in the can to do an entire crown. Please see the materials list for a recommendation for a paint that will cover several crowns.

Step 2: Working in a warm, well-venthilated area and wearing rubber gloves, spray entire surface of crown with one layer of paint. Allow to dry, in a warm area, for approx. 1/2 hour (or until dry to the touch).



Step 3: Repeat with a second coat
 


Step 4: Remove pin, then gently peel lace off of the form. Now wrap the lace back around the form, but with the painted side facing in. Pin back into place.

Step 5: Spray, then allow to dry.

Step 6: Repeat with a second coat. If you want the tips of the crown to flare out, now is the time to bend them outward with a gloved hand. Allow to dry in a warm, dry place to harden and cure for an hour.

Step 7: Remove the pin and gently loosen the lace from the form. Allow crown to dry for an additional hour or two. Once paint has completely dried, the lace will be rigid.
 
Step 8: Trim any frayed ends from the lace and decide which way you want to overlap the ends to make the cleanest seam. Use E6000 to glue in place
 
Step 9: Now it's time to embellish the crown! Use E6000 to attach a decorative border and accents. I like to use a combination of old costume jewelry and new findings from the craft store.
 
 
(all photo's & info came from Rook No. 17 's blog!)

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