Having two girls means lots of princess time in our house. Dress-ups are great, but the princess item we go through the most? Crowns and tiaras. My girls love them, but sometimes they love them a little too much and they easily break.
The solution? Paper crowns. No, I’m not talking about the flimsy jagged-edge crowns you cut out of construction paper. I’m talking about a more elegant origami paper crown that looks great and is easy to make. It’s so easy, in fact, that kids can make it on their own.
How to make an origami paper crown
Five or six 6″ x 6″ sheets of decorative paper (depending on head size). I like to choose two different decorative styles to add variety, but you don’t have to.
Origami paper crown segment instructions
- Take one of the squares and place the decorative side face down on the table.
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- Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
- Unfold, then fold in half the opposite direction.
- Take one of the corners and fold to the center. Take the adjacent corner and likewise fold to the center, forming a triangle.
- Take the rectangular bottom edge and fold up toward the center line. Crease.
- Take the smaller rectangle and fold up toward the triangle. Crease.
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- Take the small outside edge of the rectangle and fold over to the opposite edge. This will cause the triangle to fold in half. Crease.
Repeat steps 1-8 for the remaining sheets of paper.
Origami paper crown assembly instructions
You should now have 5-6 segments that look like paper boats. Now it’s time to connect these segments to form the crown.
- Take two of the segments with the pointy folded sides pointing out.
- Align the rectangular edges against each other. You’ll notice each edge has an opening. Slide the rectangle of one segment into the opening of the other segment and continue to slide until it locks in place. You may have to slightly bend the rectangular edges to get the segments to fit together.
- Repeat steps 1-2 until all the segments are connected.
You now have a crown! It’s quick and easy to make and over time you can make new segments to mix and match, making the crown an exciting new dress-up accessory.
My girls love these paper crowns! They really do feel like little princesses when they wear them. And I love not having to buy yet another tiara.