The pomp and ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations should have provided plenty of inspiration for young kids to make some wonderfully colourful arts and crafts. So why not provide them with the raw materials to make a homemade crown? As all you need to make this crown are a paper plate, some scissors and some adhesive flower decorations, it really is a task that a prince or a pauper could do!
If you organised a Diamond Jubilee street party then you might well have some paper plates left over. You will need one of these (a nine-inch one) to begin making your crown.
First fold the paper plate in half. The one I used has a pink upside (the side you put the food on) and is white underneath.
Next, make an incision in the middle of the plate.
Then make further ‘triangular cuts’ along the folded part of the paper plate. Basically, the key is to cut the paper plate like a pie but don’t cut the segment so that it comes away from the pie/paper plate!
It’s important to ensure that the incisions are the same length – this will make sure that your crown looks neat when it is finished. As you can see from the picture above my incisions are of a slightly different length – try and make sure you do a neater job than I did!
The next stage involves cutting a line down the folded edge of your plate (the edge in the picture above which is nearest to you). It is important to cut down the crease of the folded line on both sides.
Don’t fold up your points just yet – it’s time to decorate the crown. Open up your plate so that the pink side is showing. Then peel off the back of the sticky adhesive flower decorations and attach them to the points of your crown.
Once decorated, it’s time to fold back the points. Don’t fold them up too far – your head will do this naturally once it wears the crown.
Remember that if your crown turns out higgledy-piggledy as the one featured in these photographs then you can always learn from your mistakes and make another one. Practice really does make perfect!