PROJECT: Happy Birthday Crown


Crown makes birthday a royal treat

Kathy Cano-Murillo
Special for the Republic
Aug. 25, 2007 12:00 AM
I recently visited a cute boutique that several friends had told me about. The first thing that caught my eye was a gorgeous birthday crown. It was bright, shiny, glittery, and I wanted it.

The problem? None of the three salesclerks took the time to acknowledge me, even though the store was empty, and I stood at the counter waiting for help for several minutes. As the seconds ticked away, I began to second-guess my purchase decision.

Yes, it was a cute crown, but all my friends’ and family members’ birthdays already had passed. And did I really want to spend money in a store where I wasn’t feeling the love?

I took a deep breath and held up the crown in front of my face. “Hmmm . . . papier-mâché,” I thought. At that moment, I knew I wouldn’t buy it.

I would go home and make my own version! I know mine is not as beautiful or elegant as the store version, but it certainly has more personality. This is a great idea for people of any age because you can choose your colors and embellishments to match their style. Use small wood letters to spell out phrases or names. Plastic crowns can be found at party stores, and Rigid Wrap at craft stores.


Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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