34 • 1 JULY 2007
2. Puffy-jewelled tiara
3. Royal rings
4. Fabulous foil crown
5. Princess hat with veil
6. Prince and princess stick puppets
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This colourful tiara is fun to make and looks great too. Preschoolers
will enjoy wrapping up the cotton balls to make puffy jewels but may
need some assistance with technique. Provided the holes are large
enough, there should have no problem attaching them to the tiara
You will need
• large aluminium pie cases
different colours of cellophane
cotton wool balls
hand hole punch
• length of elastic
1. Flatten the pie case and fold it in half.
2. Open it it and punch holes on one side of the semi-circle.
3. Place a cotton ball in the centre of a small square of cellophane.
4. Wrap it up and twist the tail tightly. Repeat until you have lots of
5. Thread the tails of the jewels through the holes in the pie case.
6. Once you've finished, fold the pie case back in half. Punch, holes
at each side and tie on a length of elastic. Wear with pride!
These simple rings are made using stick-on rhinestones which you should
be able to buy at a good craft or scrapbooking shop. Aside from rings,
you could also stick these onto a crown/tiara or make fancy containers
by sticking them onto different sized cardboard boxes. You could also
make a great necklace or belt by sticking them onto colourful lengths
You will need
stick-on (or glue-on) rhinestones (available at good craft supply shops
or scrapbooking shops)
1. Admire your rhinestones.
2. Cut some thin lengths of card to make the ring bands, and tape ends
3. Stick on the rhinestones to make rings.
4. Cut the card into different shapes to make jewels and pendants.
Fabulous foil crown
spectacular foil crown (which first appeared in the 'parties' issue) can be
easily made from materials that you're
likely to have on hand. Children under five will need help with the
folding and cutting, but will enjoy gluing on the 'jewels' and wearing
the crown with pride!
You will need
• aluminium foil
• white glue
Take a two page spread from a broadsheet newspaper and fold it in half,
then in half again, and again until you get a thick length of newspaper
that is approximately 10 cms (4 inches) wide and long enough to
comfortably fit around a child's head.
2. Wrap the newspaper in a length of aluminium foil, and tape the end
Cut out the peaks of the crown. For longevity, leave flat edges on the
top of the peaks so that the foil and paper doesn't seperate.
4. Scrunch small squares of coloured cellophane and stick them onto the
crown to form jewels
5. Once the glue is dry, staple or tape the crown together.
Princess hat with veil
Warning: This hat is
so appealing you may have trouble getting your
little princess to take it off! If you don't have any appropriate
fabric at home to make a veil, buy a length of thin, inexpensive tulle
or cheap lace from your local fabric shop.
You will need
large piece of cardboard
1. Make a hat-sized cone from a piece of cardboard and tape it in
place. Make sure you leave a hole at the top of the hat through which
you can thread your veil.
2. Thread through your veil in the hole at the top of
the hat and tie a large knot (or two) on the inside of the hat to
prevent it from coming out the top.
3. Decorate the hat with lace trim or sequins or whatever you have
4. Then staple on a length of elastic to hold the hat under the chin.
Then dance with delight!
Prince and princess stick puppets
Despite all the amazing jewels and head garb that we made for this
issue, these simple stick puppets turned out to be my daughter's
favourite activity – probably because I let her go crazy with
glitter! I imagine that other kids of all ages will enjoy making them
too. I've put together some drawings for you to use, so all you have to
do is download
them (PDF, 600KB) to get started.
You will need
free printable drawings of prince and princess
glitter, pencils, markers and
crayons, wool and fabric scraps
the free drawings (PDF, 600KB).
2. Decorate the outlines using whatever supplies
you have on hand.
3. Stick them onto some cardboard, then cut them out.
4. Tape on some pop sticks to make stick puppets.
5. And trust me, for an imaginative four year old, the fun has only
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