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DIY Lace Crown

I made these lace crowns to be used as photo props for a couple of projects I have in the works. You can make these for Halloween, playing dress up, as party favors, etc. They are really easy to make. They would be even easier if you didn’t make 15 at once like I did- I was super ready to be done with them. There are many tutorials on the internet on how to make these that I looked at for ideas. Here’s how I made them: First you will need some lace ribbon ( I chose one small and one larger), fabric stiffener (or I read you can use modge podge), spray paint (that’s what I used but you could use another type- possibly one that is a little less chemically), some sort of paper to cover your working space, foam brush, hot glue ( or a fabric glue), and embellishments like rhinestones, fabric flowers, pins (optional).

1. Cut lace to desired length. I think mine were about 11- 16 inches in length. This depends on how you want them to fit- if you want them to fit around the head nicely they will be a bit bigger. A small crown in proportion to your head is also a popular look. I measured how big I wanted them based off my two boys heads.

2. Take the fabric stiffener and cover the lace in it. I poured it into a cup and brushed it on both sides of the lace with a foam brush. I also tried just dunking the lace in the stiffener. Just make sure the lace is thoroughly covered.

3. Wipe off the excess stiffener, making sure there aren’t any bubbles of it in the holes of the lace. I used my fingers to do this by rubbing fingers along the lace and by pinching to pop any bubbles.

4. Lay flat to dry.

5. After the lace has dried, repeat steps 2-4 until you have at least a few coats and the lace is feeling sturdy enough. In my anxiousness to be done with this step, I was a bit sloppy. I had to cut out a few dried bubbles.

6. Glue the ends together to form the crown.

7. Paint the crown. I used a glitter spray paint over a metallic paint but might just do the glitter in the future.

8. Keep as is or add any embellishments you desire. I used a pin, fabric flowers and rhinestones.

Here are a few more samples of my completed crowns.


Valeria’s Senior Photos

Valeria’s Senior Photos.

Click the link above to see this beautiful girl’s senior portraits taken in Glenwood Springs, CO. Valeria is from Venezuela and has recently moved back to Louisiana. She loves dancing, singing and listening to music.

DIY Lens Pets

I made a few of these “lens pets” this past week. I had seen pictures of these things online and thought they would be easy to make. The idea behind them are to create something for little kids to look at when getting their photographs taken. They are extremely easy and cheap to make. These are no sew scrunchie pets. I’m not the best sewer. I do have a sewing machine- but I have only got it out of the box a handful of times.


a hair scrunchie

felt of different colors

glue (I used a hot glue gun but you could use fabric glue or something else)

optional embellishments: buttons, googly eyes, etc- just be careful that the materials you use don’t have the potential to scratch or mess up your lens

It’s pretty obvious from the photos that all you do is cut shapes out of the felt and glue it to the scrunchie to create something to catch the child’s interest when photographing them. One key thing to remember is before you start gluing and cutting the shapes, make sure you stretch the scrunchie out onto something about the same size of your lens. I used my Sigg water bottle to work on. Buttons or the googly eyes are cute for the eyes- but I just used felt because that’s what I had. The other thing I would be careful of is that if you are going to be using your pop-up flash with these, make sure your lens pet does not cover it.

Give it a try- there are quite a few ideas online. I personally like animals and characters that are easier for children to recognize and connect with. My son loves Elmo- so that was the first one I made. I still have scrunchies so I will be making more later. I am also going to try the other type of lens pet that uses a small stuffed animal and a little sewing. I’ve seen mini lens pets made for a point and shoot camera if that is all you have at home. You can also buy these on Etsy if you don’t have the time to make them.

I will be putting them to test in the future. I definitely think these will be a little more noticeable for kids than my boring black camera.