Do you treat your dog like a Princess? Or perhaps your dog just acts like one? Either way, this DIY dog crown is a perfect craft activity. Adorn the dog crown with gemstones, flowers, glitter and your doggo will be Insta-ready in no time.
Let’s get crafting!
Supplies to make a dog crown
Lace – you can create very different looks from using different styles of lace. We’ve sampled two different styles in this DIY project (5cm/2″ and 7cm/ 3 1/4″ high). The good thing is that lace is so inexpensive, you can try many different designs for little cost. We allowed 28cm/ 11″ length per crown for the little ween heads. Adjust as required, simply add enough lace for an overlap and to join on the pattern.
- Paint – we selected a matt gold paint. ($2 per tube)
- Hat elastic – we don’t want those crowns to slip! We selected gold however there are quite a variety of options. Next time we would probably select a brown/ skin colour to blend rather than contrast.
- Decorations – go wild and be as regal as you like, or perhaps opt for flowers on your crown. Your local craft store is sure to have a big range of decorations (gems $1 – $5 per packet, flowers around $8 per packet). We used left over flowers from our Unicorn Horn tutorial and purchased the gem stones.
- Baking or waxed paper – used for painting and drying
- Paint sponges or brushes
- Hot glue gun + glue sticks
- Fabric stiffener
- Glass or cup with graduated design (larger rim than base)
- Bowl for fabric stiffener
- Disposable plate for paint (not pictured. We recycled an old, cleaned disposable coffee cup lid.)
- Gloves – working with fabric stiffener is like working with glue. You may prefer to wear gloves for this step.
- Glitter – we chose a matt gold finish for our crowns. You may prefer more *bling* to your crowns by adding a bit of glitter. If so, add glitter and modge podge to your list.
*TIP* once we have assembled all our items, we pop them in a small container to keep our work space tidy. Things get crazy enough without craft supplies strewn across the work area.
How to make a crown for your dog
1. Cut the lace to desired length.
2. Pour the fabric stiffener in the bowl and add your lace. Ensure your lace is fully immersed in the fabric stiffener. A larger bowl will make it easier to ensure the lace is fully covered in fabric stiffener. If using a small bowl, stir to ensure the full length and both sides of the lace are completely covered.
3. Remove the lace from the fabric stiffener and wring off any excess by running the lace through your fingers. *TIP* don’t wring the lace dry of fabric stiffener – you want a reasonable amount left on the lace.
4. Place the lace on a piece of waxed or baking paper to dry. Dab off any excess fabric stiffener with a paper towel, paying particular attention to any holes of the lace pattern. Drying time will vary – we made our crowns on a warm day and the pieces only took around one hour to dry.
5. Once the lace is dry, transfer to a new piece of waxed paper and paint with your base colour. Allow to dry. If taking the extra optional step of adding glitter, just mix glitter to a small amount of modge podge, apply to one side only and allow to dry.
6. Once the lace is dry, remove any excess fabric stiffener from the edges, so they all have a sharp, clean edge. Or, if you are impatient, like us – skip this step :).
7. Take your glue gun and dab a bit of glue on one end. Careful, the glue is hot and the lace is thin. A bit of fabric or cardboard can be useful as a backing board to avoid burning your fingers. When joining the ends of the lace match the pattern of the lace so the connection isn’t obvious.
8. Allow the glue to dry by placing the crowns on a cup. Note: we only allowed a short drying time (that impatient thing again) so our crowns were still ‘curing’. The crowns will continue to stiffening for a day or so, or until they are fully dried.
9. Thread the hat elastic through the crown. You will be able to use an existing hole in the lace, or use a fork to pierce a hole or glue the elastic to the crown and cover the join with decorations (as we did with the flowers). We cut our chin strap elastic to 20cm/ 8″.
10. Decorate with abandon! One of our crowns suited a jewelled design and the softer lace crown suited flowers. We love both!
Is your pupper’s style more bling or flower crown?