How to Make a Paper Crown for Pretend Play

A paper crown is a fun craft for kids to make for pretend play.  Making the crown promotes fine motor, creative, and math skills. It's easy to provide open-ended opportunities for dramatic play with this simple crown craft.

Kids can make a crown for pretend play

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Kids love pretend play. It provides open-ended play that supports social, language and cognitive development. Dressing up in costumes is often part of the imaginative fun.

A paper crown craft is a great way to inspire some awesome creative play, in many different ways.

  • A king needs a crown to wear as he rules inside a cardboard box castle!
  • A princess wears her crown when she is chasing a fearsome broomstick dragon!

Paper crown craft

This is an easy crown to make, using basic craft supplies. 

Use materials you have on hand to make this craft your own. You can substitute types of paper, paper shapes, and decorations.


You will need:

Supplies for making a paper crown for kids


  • paper shapes
  • paper headband
  • scissors
  • glue




1. Cut a 2 inch (5 cm) wide head band from card stock or construction paper.

  • If you don't have paper long enough to go around your child's head, simply join two strips of paper with tape as shown in the image above.



Decorate a paper crown with crayons and markers


2. Lay the headband flat on the table. Glue or tape triangles to the back of the headband.

  • Create designs with different sizes and colors of triangles.

3. Decorate the crown with paper shapes, crayons or markers, and self-adhesive dots or other decorations.

  • Talk about the sizes and colors of shapes used, and patterns made with the triangles, as you play.

4. Glue a large diamond shape to the front of the crown. Add gems or other glitter to the diamond shape if preferred.

A tape dispenser is one tool I find very handy when doing crafts. Not all tape dispensers are kid-friendly as they have a sharp cutting edge so use caution when dispensing tape with the kids.

Here's one similar to mine you can purchase online.





Tape triangles to headband to make a paper crown


Kids crown craft for imaginative play


Paper crown kids can make for imaginative play kings and queens


5. Once you have completed the decorations, tape the ends of the headband together to fit your child's head.


This beautiful paper crown is ready to wear to prompt imaginative play and encourage use of language skills.

Build a castle with boxes or blankets and get ready for some fun pretend play.


Here's another way to make the paper crown.

Make a crown pattern from a folded piece of paper


 Fold a piece of paper. Cut triangles from one edge as shown in the image above.


Transfer crown pattern to construction paper


Open the folded paper. Lay it flat on a piece of construction paper to use as a template for the crown.

Cut out a second piece of construction paper. Tape the two pieces together to fit your child's head.

Decorate in the same manner as the first crown.


Either method will produce a fun costume for pretend play!


Paper shapes crown craft for kids pretend play



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