Reuse an old already read magazine to make these fun collage magazine crowns. This is a simple craft that kids of all ages can do. All that is needed are basic supplies that you most likely already have at home.
Kids will be busy for ages with this fun craft while also developing their fine motor skills and creativity. After lots of imaginative play is sure to happen. Not bad for a craft made from what would have otherwise been recycled!
Collage Magazine Crowns
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The other day we made a cool rainbow using a cardboard box and magazine clippings. We spent ages going through old magazines and clipping out all of the colors in the rainbow. So now the challenge was to think of a new magazine collage craft to use the rest of these magazine clippings. Over on Instagram Mini Mad Things has a weekly craft challenge, this week it was hats. So of course, my mind we to our magazine clippings that have been sitting out since our rainbow craft and how well they would work to decorate some homemade crowns/ hats.
We are officially on lockdown where we live so I am trying to come up with fun craft ideas that are suitable for both of our girls, ages 5 and 8 to make. Activities that will keep them both busy for a while, engaged and stimulated without being too difficult. Both of our girls loved this activity, and to be honest I did too!
Along with these hats, both girls did some creative writing about hats. Working with them I gave them both a handful of words to include in their story. They both came up with wonderful stories and did a drawing to go along with it. Writing or not I am sure your children will also love this magazine collage crown craft.
You Will Need
- Old magazine
- Paper. It is ideal to use paper slightly thicker than regular printer paper. We used large A3 120gsm paper from a visual art diary. A4 paper is fine, simply join with sticky tape to create the needed length.
- PVA or similar craft glue
- Sticky Tape
Time To Create
Start by creating the base of your crowns. To do this get your paper and cut to the desired width. Stick paper together with sticky tape until it is long enough to form a crown to fit the head it will go on. DO NOT join the ends together.
Now decide on a pattern to go around the top of the crown. You can see I made a wavy line while the girls wanted a large zig-zag. Cut out your design.
Go through an old magazine and cut out small pieces to decorate your crown with.
Lay your crown flat. Apply PVA (or similar, dry clear glue) onto a section of the crown. Cover that section with the magazine cuttings. Go over the top of the magazine cuttings with a small amount of glue where the clippings haven’t been totally stuck down.
Move onto the next section and repeat this process until the entire crown is covered.
Once dry trim around the edge to get rid of any overhanging magazine clippings.
Measure around the head that the crown belongs to and stick ends together using sticky tape.
Books About Crowns & Hats
If you are wanting to extend this activity considering reading your child a book about crowns or hats.
- The Crown On Your Head- Nancy Tillman. We know our children are special, and now, in The Crown on Your Head, the incomparable Nancy Tillman expresses this universal feeling in the most touching of ways: Every child is born with a crown. The crown is everything that gives us unique value. Our crown will always be with us wherever we go, whatever we do.
- The Cat In The Hat- Dr. Suess. Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process!
- I Want My Hat Back- Jon Klassen. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011! The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance.
Thank you for stopping by, we hope you have enjoyed making your collage magazine crowns!