Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Accessories Tutorial: Crowns

Hey Everyone!

We thought we would make a more in-depth tutorial of our Princess Peach and Daisy accessories, to accompany the videos that are on our youtube channel that show us making them.

We purchased the following for the crowns:
  1. 4" diameter with about 1/8" thickness PVC pipe, about 1.5-2 feet will make about 2
  2. Can of Gold metallic spraypaint
  3. 1" diameter wooden roundhead plugs
  4. White craft foam
  5. Assorted metallic paints (green, blue, and red for both Peach and Daisy)
  6. Wood filler

Our Thoughts Before Starting:

Nicki and I went back and forth thinking of ideas to make the crown out of, even at one point wanting to make it out of 26 gauge aluminum flashing metal. Eventually on one of my many trips to the hardware store I was walking past the PVC pipes when my Dad suggested I make it out of that. They had a scrap of it that only ended up costing us $1.60 to make two crowns out of! PVC pipe is an excellent choice to make crowns out of, but if you're feeling adventurous possibly making them out of metal is another option. :3

We were going to make the jewels out of plastic ellipses we found online, (from the same people we bought the center gems from in our other tutorial soon to come) but we were able to find these wooden roundhead plugs at the Michael's craft store's wood department, which are rounded at the top but flat on the bottom. We also had purchased half spheres but they were too big-looking on the crown, so we chose the roundhead plugs instead.


Start by determining how tall you want your crown to be. After careful thought, we decided 3.5" from the tip of one point to the base was ideal for the look we wanted to achieve.

When you have decided on the height of your crown, take a measuring tape from the top and slide it around the pvc pipe making dots for the same distance. Use tape (masking tape recommend, scotch tape took forever to take off in the end) to stretch around the dots so you can draw a straight line on a curved surface. Then mark your vertices for the points (4 in total, equidistant apart), and extend the lines for those straight down until they intersect with the bottom line, using tape again.

You then need to decide how much distance you want the triangles of the points to cover, after playing around with it we decided on 1.5", and after you finish drawing all of your lines you should end up with something like this:


I used the following tools to complete the cuts:

The saw on top is called a hacksaw and the one below it is called a handsaw, my dad helped me by wrapping duct tape around the base to create a handle, and this was used to make the triangle indent cuts because it was more precise and easier to use than the handsaw, which I used to make the straight cut for the bottom.

Once I cut it out it was really rough, so I had to spend a lot of time sanding this down. Trust me, this is important as the Metallic Spraypaint will make every imperfection stand out, as you will find when you finally do paint them.

I used a Dremel Tool to do the sanding around the edges that I cut, although you could do it with rough sandpaper wrapped around a strip of wood, and patience. :)

The problem with buying PVC pipe from a hardware store is that it already comes with imperfections, like tiny dents or scratches you might not notice until you paint. I was unsatisfied with how it looked after I did one coat of paint, so I did another one after filling the cracks and dents with wood filler. (upon second thought you might want to use some sort of clear caulk-like filler, I used wood filler which flaked off and was not the best to work with.

Here is me filling the cracks, and the kind I used:

Sand off the excess, and repaint! :)


This is actually the easiest step, and the most exciting because working on them makes everything look finished! We used 1" diameter wooden roundhouse plugs for the jewels, which look like this:

We found them in the wood department of Michaels, so hopefully you can find them there too. We painted them using paint we carefully picked from the metallic paint section, make sure it will match! After you paint them, you'll need to cut out 4 circles that are slightly larger out of white craft foam to paint gold. These are the gold borders that are in Peach's crown jewels, and 2 of Daisy's. Careful when spraypainting the foam, sometimes it sprays out blotches of paint, and the spraypaint can make the foam curl (only a problem for larger pieces of foam really). Gold paint you can brush on would probably work better.

For Daisy's crown: use the roundhouse plug to create the "petals" of the white flower, trace almost all the way around it on a piece of cardstock, and then move it 90 degrees to the right, to create a flower with 4 petals that are pretty much even. Cut out two of these from the white craft foam and then make two jewels using the other method.

Once you have everything painted, we used a hot glue gun to attach the jewels to the craft foam, and then to the crown, giving us the final result!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Thank you for this awesome tutorial. I'll be cosplaying as Princess Daisy soon for a convention down here in Florida and really wanted to make a great crown to top the outfit off. Stellar job. =)

  2. Thanks! Just another piece of advice: we ran into a lot of problems keeping the crowns attached to our heads, but we eventually found something that worked super well:

    We glued 2 curved hair combs to the inside of the crown perpendicular to the base. We put a strip of glue on the end of the comb teeth to act as a seal and then we physically sewed the teeth to the wig. It is super secure, but can be removed easily by cutting off of the strings.

    Hope this helped!

  3. You must be a mind reader, lol. I was worried about that very same issue myself and was planning on asking just how you guys managed it with yours. I appreciate the heads up, and yeah, it will help a lot. Thanks a bunch. You guys are seriously amazing and the fact that you put up tutorials and stuff to help out fellow cosplayers is pretty awesome. Too bad I'm on the opposite end of the US, because I'd have to completely nab you guys for a picture if I were to ever see you at a con, heh.

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Yeah it took us forever to find something that worked, so I wanted to save you the anguish. :]

    And thanks so much! We love seeing how other people have made their cosplays, so if making these tutorials also helps other people we enjoy doing it. Too bad you're on the other side of the U.S., we would love a picture with you!

  5. Hey, I'm working on a Princess Rosalina crown, and the only other tutorial I could find for it was super complex! I'm happy to have found this, but I'm wondering what changes I should make to this tutorial to make it a Rosalina crown. Any suggestions?

    Also, a tip I read somewhere for these crowns: Make a disk that fits along the inside of the crown, then superglue a headband to the bottom.