DIY Birthday Crown fit for a King or Queen

    Posted by  ·  October 25, 2017

    This DIY Birthday crown is sure to make your birthday boy or girl feel like a King or Queen!  This crown is very simple and can be embellished any way you like! It will for sure be a hit at birthday parties.  It would even make a fun handmade birthday gift. If you have a little girl that wants something a bit more girly, try this birthday hat fit for a princess.

    DIY birthday crown

    {Birthday Crown Template}


    DIY Birthday Crown

    Download and print out the crown template. Cut out.


    Iron interfacing to the back of the piece of felt you want for the outside color. I only had a lightweight interfacing—-it works, but I  might try a medium weight next time.

    felt-birthday-crown-2Trace crown onto the outside piece of felt with a disappearing fabric marker.  This is the stitching line —do not cut out. Draw an outline of the birthday year in the center of the crown.

    You many use these printable numbers as a guide. If you would prefer a monogram use these letter templates.


    Place the two pieces of felt together and stitch all the way around the crown outline——-making sure to slip in a piece of 1″ wide  elastic at the back on each edges of crown.    My piece of elastic ended up being 10″ long and I placed 1″ in the seam on each side.  Measure a child’s head to get the measurement you need.

    You could easily make a casing for the elastic if you want it to have a more finished look.

    Stitch around the number.

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    Cut out the crown close to the stitching line, being careful not to clip the elastic.


    The number on the front is a reverse applique.  Make a small slit in the top layer (be careful to only cut through the top layer) and then trim close to the stitching all the way around the inside of the number.


    Ta Da! How easy was that.  Not much effort to make a little someone feel very special!

    birthday crown

    If you like to crochet here is a crochet crown. If yo don’t sew here is a printable crown template.


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    1. Jamie
      Saturday, June 1st, 2013
      Any ideas on number templates? I need a number 1 but would love the whole set so I can continue this every year!
    2. Friday, January 18th, 2013
      This is super cute! Great job.
    3. halley
      Monday, July 30th, 2012
      I love your website. On my son' first birthday, I made the birthday crown. I loved it so much that I decided to make a crown for each of his birthdays. When he turns 18, I want to take the collage of photos of him in his birthday hat and frame them in sequential order. I have someone sewing his hats. However, I need number templates from 11-20. Do you have any templates you could email me? I tried looking online but had no success. I used 1-10 from his flash cards and then blew them up on my copier. Warmly, Halley
    4. Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
      Thank for this pattern. I used it to make "wise man" crowns ;)
    5. Kristie
      Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
      Thank you so much. My son has to dress up as King David for his preschool and this will work perfectly.
    6. Camille
      Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
      Thanks so much for your great idea and share the wonderful pattern with us. For my son's 5-year-old birthday, these two days I am preparing the wool felt, but I wonder the material quality of the "interfacing" you mentioned. Where can I buy it? Thanks for your big help. Have a lovely day!
    7. Nicole
      Thursday, April 14th, 2011
      Thank you for the great pattern and directions!! I just finished making one for my youngest's birthday and have another in the works for the older one. Thank you!
    8. Tara
      Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
      Thanks! Made this for my son's first birthday and it turned out great! Now the challenge will be to get him to actually wear it.
    9. Donna
      Friday, January 7th, 2011
      I love the clever use of reverse applique on the number. I've never seen that idea before. I better get off my throne and get sewing.
    10. Monday, December 27th, 2010
      This is such a GOOD idea! come on over and link up to MMM :)
    11. amy
      Friday, November 5th, 2010
      Just made this for my son this morning! It's Crazy Hat Day at his school. So adorable!!! He didn't want to wear a hat, but he loeved this so much, he wore it leaving. Thanks for the step by step!!!
    12. Trisha
      Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
      Thanks for the great tutorial and template. My birthday guy loved his.
    13. Kimberly
      Monday, March 1st, 2010
      I made this see...

      awesome! - Thanks
    14. Emily
      Thursday, September 17th, 2009
      Anyone have any ideas if you have 4 kiddos and they all want to wear the crown but are all different ages?? I was just thinking about making one or two and they can share it but I don't know/can't think of what to put on the front?
    15. Laura
      Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
      You can also use the pattern on Foam, it worked GREAT for my 1yr old's 1st Birthday
    16. Thursday, March 5th, 2009
      SO cute!!! Thank you for this great idea.
    17. Friday, February 27th, 2009
      How darling!!! I don't know which to do??? ;)
    18. Thursday, February 26th, 2009
      wonderful. thanks.
      the perfect headdress for my daughter's birthday.

      i set a link to your post at my blog.
      i hope, you'll agree.
      if not, please leave a comment.

    19. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      AWESOME And Just in Time!!! Thanks so much, this is great, I hope our model looks just as cute!!!
    20. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      I needed a crown birthday hat last weekend (it the only request from the BDay boy)! This would have been perfect! I will most certainly be making some of these. Possibly even today! Love it!
    21. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      That hat is adorable but your model is the cutest! Thanks for the how-to, I'll be linking.
    22. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      Super cute! I think it might be easy enough for even me to make!
    23. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      What an AWESOME idea! My daughter would love one of these as a princess crown. She would want to wear it every day, not just on her birthday :)
    24. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      Fun crown! My youngest ones would love it! Just posted a fun birthday countdown calendar on my blog yesterday, they would be so fun together!
    25. Amy J
      Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      You totally read my mind, how did you know my son has his 1st birthday party on Saturday and I neglected to get him a special hat, plus I have a bunch of leftover felt that I didn't have a project for yet! Thank you so much!!
    26. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      That birthday crown is too cute! We made the mardi gras masks and king cake from your earlier posts and had so much fun! Thanks.
    27. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
      I love it. I think I will make one without the number and have it as the family birthday crown. Very cool :)
    28. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      I've been giving dress-up clothes for birthday presents lately and these crowns will be a great addition! Thanks for sharing!
    29. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      Very cute idea - love it.
    30. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      I love this idea! I'm going to make them for my nursery kids!
    31. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      This is so cute! Thanks for the great idea; my niece's birthday is next month!
    32. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      Dang, this is adorable!
    33. Alisha
      Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      Thank you, Thank you! My daughter is turning 5 and I wanted to give her something special and handmade for her to celebrate with! Love your site and all of the great ideas and tutorials you put up for kids!
    34. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      I'm making a felt crown, right now! I started it last night, it's based on Amanda Soule's crown in The Creative Family.
    35. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      shut up! that's the cutest and easiest crown i've seen and i have a princess turning 4 in a few weeks that i'm totally making one for! awesome!
    36. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      That is too cute!
    37. Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
      perfect i have a child with a birthday at the end of this week! thank you!