My dear sister-in-law will soon be celebrating her 50th birthday and I wanted to make her a tiara to commemorate the occasion.
How I struggled to figure out how to make a base without knowing her head size. I didn't want to guess and then have it not fit her. That's when I resorted to using a pre-made tiara as the base for her crown. (You can see the little rhinestones at the very bottom in this picture).
I knew I wanted to build the crown up so it had some height. To do so, I looked for chicken wire. Do you know you have to buy and entire roll of that stuff? You can't just buy a square foot--unless you're lucky enough to find someone who will sell you a scrap piece. Fortunately, I found a 1 foot square piece in the scrapbooking section of a local floral craft supply store. I was never so happy to see a scrap piece of chicken wire before in my life!
I toyed with how to anchor the chicken wire to the tiara. When that was done, I had every intention of trimming it down into a crown-like shape. On second thought, however, the height of the chicken wire was really appealing to me. There were so many possibilities...
I think because the tiara already came with rhinestones, I was compelled to stick with that color scheme. I pulled out all like-colored items to decorate the crown: iridescent garland, crystal drops and picks, a silver glittered butterfly. All of these items worked beautifully together and this is how it turned out!
It's a bit top-heavy as you can imagine, but my sister-in-law was absolutely tickled when I presented it to her. She is now convinced I should start up a side-business making crowns and tiaras.