Monday, July 14, 2008

Baby's First Birthday Crown


I've recently been reading Amanda Blake Soule's (SouleMama as she's known on her blog) new book called The Creative Family. Many of the projects are geared towards slightly older kids; however, I did find a few traditions that I thought sounded fun, and so I'm starting out with some birthday celebrations.

I made Baby Pumpkin (soon to graduate to Toddler Pumpkin!) his very own birthday crown. Actually, I'm not unfamiliar with the birthday crown concept. When I briefly lived in New Jersey, one of my best friends (from Bellingham, Washington; go figure) inducted me into this semisecret club of crown-makers and crown-wearers. She made me a fantastic one for my birthday, complete with dried flowers and glitter. I still have it stashed somewhere amongst my keepsakes, I think.

The crown I came up with is made of felt and some ribbon I got on my fabric hunt in Frisco. First, I cut the shape of the crown out of the felt. I just basically free formed it for that step. Then, I cut some stiff interfacing so that it would stand up properly and I fused onto the back. Then, I stitched the intersection of the two colors together using a zig zag. Then, I stitched on the ribbon at the same time attaching the elastic. At the end I decided to add the "G" on top, and voila, finished. It came together really super quick, and it is hopefully sturdy enough to be worn more than one year.

Do you have any birthday traditions from your childhood? I would love to hear them! I've got three weeks to get it together!

6 comments:

Carla Sonheim said...

I want a crown for my birthday, too!!!

T.Allen-Mercado said...

What a nice crown. I don't have any exciting traditions to share, but I hope Grant has a happy birthday!

BlossomingTree said...

What a neat idea. I remember doing something like this many moons ago (LOL) when I was in school. It was made with just plain construction paper, so it didn't last long hahaha.

Rosebud Collection said...

We always made hats for the kids birthdays..plus gave them a little gift, nothing special,just so they wouldn't feel left out..We always made it fun, don't know who had the most fun, me or the birthday girl.

Naomi S said...

The only real tradition we have (especially now that we are all grown up) was being awakened by the family singing "Happy Birthday". We still do it by phone and I love it!

Jen said...

This was one of my fave ideas from the book, too. Your crown looks awesome!