Recycled Plastic Container Crown - DIY Inspired
01st Oct2012


Recycled Plastic Container Crown

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled-Plastic-Container-Crown

This year for Halloween my family is going to be the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland.  As you know I preach recycled crafting and I made a DIY Mad Hatter Top Hat out of a cardboard box and hanger (among other things), but this time I decided to make my Queen of Hearts crown out of a recycled plastic container, specifically an old (but clean) sour cream container.

This was quite easy and fun and I have to admit I got a little carried away with the plastic gems.  I happen to have everything in my craft closet already, so I didn’t spend a dime making this.  The materials you can use are endless but here’s a list of what I used:

  • Clean plastic sour cream container
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Felt
  • Foam craft hearts
  • Even More Glitter
  • Plastic craft gems
  • Hot glue
  • Clear glaze spray paint (optional)

I started off by cutting off the top trim and the bottom of the container.  Next I cut a jagged edge at the top, using the first triangle I cut out as a pattern to cut out the rest so that they would be even.  Next I glammed it up!  I glittered the entire crown gold and added red felt trim.  I also sprayed the entire crown with a clear glaze to seal in the glitter.  It helps to minimize months of glitter hair!  I decided to glitter foam craft hearts in red and add plastic gems.  I kept adding and adding… I couldn’t help it!  Oh well, it IS a Halloween costume…it can be a little gaudy.

I think these would be fun to make for a princess themed party or even an Alice in Wonderland tea party.  There you have it! A low cost (or no cost) DIY crown.

 

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

12 Responses to “Recycled Plastic Container Crown”

  • Stephanie

    I love all these Alice in Wonderland costume ideas! So creative!

  • I’m doing the Queen of Hearts for Halloween, too, and I absolutely love this idea for the crown! I’ve been looking for DIY crown ideas for awhile and yours is by far the cutest and easiest. One question though, how are you planning on keeping it on your head?

  • Cynthia

    I’m doing the Queen of Hearts for Halloween, too, and I absolutely love this idea for the crown! I’ve been looking for DIY crown ideas for awhile and yours is by far the cutest and easiest. One question though, how are you planning on keeping it on your head?

    • Hi Cynthia!

      Hahaha!! That is a GREAT question. The funny thing is, I was just going to figure it out when I got dressed! I was thinking of cutting a small horizontal slit in the back close to the bottom to fit a booby pin. I was thinking of wearing a high bun in the center to help. Let me know what you end up doing! Send me a picture or post it on my FB page! I’d love to see it! http://www.facebook.com/diyinspired. -Dinah

      • Cynthia

        I’m making it tonight, so I’ll send you a pic when it’s complete! My first thought was securing it with bobby pins somehow, or possibly gluing it to a black headband or comb barrette — I’ll just have to play around with it! Unfortunately, my hair is too short for a high bun right now, or else I would have just slipped the crown on right over it! :)

  • I love how this turned out! I just wanted to let you know featured this post in a round up of DIY crowns for International Tiara Day coming up on Friday. http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/05/15-beautiful-diy-crowns-tiaras-to-make.html

    PS – good job rocking it on Circle of Moms top eco-friendly moms. :-)

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