Make It or Buy It: Birthday Crowns

One sure way to give your kid the royal treatment on their birthday is to present them with a birthday crown. They can wear it year after year or on any day they need to feel a little special. We've rounded up five great tutorials to help you make your own as well as five of our favorites for sale on Etsy at the moment.

Buy It: (bottom row)
You'll find many felt and fabric birthday crowns for sale on Etsy. Try these search terms: "birthday crown," "felt crown," or "birthday hat." Each of these sellers below has other great crowns in their shops to check out.

Woodland Fairy Crown sakura, $20 by The Rice Babies (50% of proceeds goes to Japanese relief aide)

Mateo Fabric Boys Crown, $20 by Sweet Violet Jane

The Spun Candy Fabric Crown, $20 by Melissa Mullinex

Sir Frogimus Hoppington Crown, $17 by the Merry Crown Society

Wool Felt Crown, $18 by Dream Child Studio

Make It: (top row)
Many of these crowns share the same basic construction, but have different shapes and embellishments. All of these crafters have wonderful blogs worth exploring.

1 Crown Tutorial by Nicole of Frontier Dreams

2 Crown Tutorial by Jessica of Juicy Bits

3 Crown Tutorial by Cindy of Skip To My Lou (Cindy's Shoppe)

4 Reversible Fabric Crown Tutorial by Ellen of The Long Thread (Ellen's Shop)

5 Princess Birthday Hat Tutorial (not technically a crown, but too cute not to include!) by Cindy of Skip to My Lou

Editors Note: This is adapted from a post written 11/19/2009. The crowns for sale have been updated.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.