DIY Birthday Crown

We’re getting a birthday over here today! Well, two birthdays.

DIY Birthday Crown

Two babies + two first birthdays = two first birthday crowns. See how good at math I am?

First and foremost, these crowns are pretty jank. But I so don’t care. They’re janky cute. Cutesy jank.

Two jankies + two cutesies = six proseccos. See how good at math I am? Don’t answer that.

Since the day they were born (orrr, a few months ago), I knew I wanted to make simple felt crowns for their first birthday. It’s a mother’s dream. That and high waisted jeans, but that’s for another post. So, just in case you want to make one for your little gremlin, too, here’s how!

DIY Birthday Crown

Step one: royally piss off your child by wrapping a tape measure around her head. Truth be told, that’s a giggle, even though it looks like she’s about to tear into my jugular. While we’re at it, can we please just lick, I mean look at that belly?

DIY Birthday Crown

Step two: remember that it’s the dead of winter and ignore Bev’s incredibly pasty arms. Then measure three inches in height on a large strip of felt. (color of your choice! i chose cream and mustard. but we’ll get to the mustard part in a little bit. and no, it has nothing to do with diapers. what is wrong with you?)

DIY Birthday Crown

Both of their heads measured right around 18 inches, so I made a little chalk dot at the 21-inch mark, to leave room for overlap, And hello, error. That’s step three, bee tee dub.

DIY Birthday Crown

Step four: cut your 3×21-inch strip!

DIY Birthday Crown

Step five: right in the middle of the fabric, make a dot every two inches, making the marks for the base of the crown peaks. Crown valleys? I don’t think that’s the way you say that. At all.

DIY Birthday Crown

Step six: keep remembering to look past the hideous ghostly hue of Bev’s hands, and cut your crown peaks. Zig zag. Zig zag. You get it.

DIY Birthday Crown

Step seven: if you can’t find the color of felt that you want, you paint! I wanted mustard for Will, and cream for Nat, so here I am painting Will’s crown. I just did one coat, and here in a bit you’ll definitely be able to tell. You can see right through it in parts. It’s a little gross. But see, a huge part of motherhood is forgiveness, right? Well, that and prosecco.

(that’s just your basic acrylic fabric paint rawt thar.)

DIY Birthday Crown

Step eight: after you wrap the crown around your baby’s head to make sure it has a good snug fit, lightly coat a couple of edge inches with fabric glue, and slap her together. (gently slap. actually don’t slap at all. just place. like, gently place.)

Also, I just painted one side, as you can see. <—- lazy pants. But feel free to get fancy and paint both sides if you want!

DIY Birthday Crown

After a couple of hours of drying, you’re ready to go into the world and be worn, little crowns!

DIY Birthday Crown

Okay, also, they totally cried when they ate the cake. I’m not sure if it was the huge blob that was overwhelming to them, or was it the sugar? I have no idea. They ate a few bites, and then waaaaaaah. We died laughing. And then refilled our prosecco, natch.

DIY Birthday Crown

Oh, my darling William. You and your mullet completely slay me.

DIY Birthday Crown

Oh, my sweet Natalie. Your mischievous sassy pants will forever keep me giggling. And slightly scared.

I actually have more thoughts and reflection (that word makes me sound serious) on motherhood that I’ll share later this week, and then I prooooomiiiiiise it’s back to food next week.

But for now? A few party outtakes.

Birthday gifts made with naturey things from my back yard

Gifties! Since it’s a winter party and we couldn’t be outdoors, I brought the outdoors in. Isn’t that so P. Allen Smith of me? We kept it simple with a toy each, and then something to share. A goat-skinned drum, a tiny purse made from a Mexican blanket, and a wooden stick with jingle bells on it. Happy pants everywhere.

First Birthday Collage

We had a couple of our best friends over, sipped prosecco (have I mentioned that yet?), snacked on crackers and cheese and baked mozzarella sticks. Then Aaron made these Chicken Parmesan French Breads for dinner! It was delicious, simple, way fun, and perfect.

Oh yeah, the cake. This was the cake recipe that I used. I will say, it overflowed a bit in the baking process, but we all know what kind of baker I am. Er, baker I’m not. Also, per reader suggestion, I used cleaned out tuna cans for the baby-size smash cakes. BUT, two of the cans were those newer kind where you pull the lid off, so they had a slight rim on the inside. That messed up one of my cakes. Babies don’t care though.

So that was it! Today’s their actual birthday, so I think we’ll eat leftover cake for breakfast, wear crowns, open birthday cards, watch Robin Hood 48275 times, and take kazillions of photos.

One year old, man. They did it. *I* did it. I wonder if I have any prosecco left?

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61 Responses to DIY Birthday Crown

  1. Sune Moolman January 6, 2015 at 6:49 am #
    Happy birthday W+N! Just too cute!!
  2. Tom @ Raise Your Garden January 6, 2015 at 6:57 am #
    Cute crowns! I'm not too crafty of a guy, but I could get the wife on the task. She likes making crafts. And I like the kiddy parties!
  3. Mel G January 6, 2015 at 7:19 am #
    Aww Happy Birthday, kiddos! I can't believe it's been a year! And congrats, Mama, you made it!
  4. Amy @Very Culinary January 6, 2015 at 8:37 am #
    Anyone with twins who survives the first year (you, not them) deserves a medal. Or at least their own crown!
  5. kcaudad January 6, 2015 at 8:41 am #
    my favorite birthday item to give to 1 year olds is a singing card! I pick any cute/silly card from the store that makes noise. I have given this to many of my friends and family's children for their 1 year old b-days. People think it's dumb, until they see how much the kid loves it and becomes obsessed with it until the card is either ripped beyond repair or it stops making noise. Now, they even started making kids cards that sing, too! Give it a try for your kiddos!
  6. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain January 6, 2015 at 8:50 am #
    Happy Birthday to Will and Nat!! Seriously, cutest babies ever! Cheers! xoxo
  7. Jess January 6, 2015 at 8:53 am #
    Love the crowns and the cakes! The crowns are so perfectly Where the Wild Things Are which seems fitting. I remember when you posted the news that they had arrived last year because I was still very preggers with my two little ladies and way jealous that you were done. Of course "done" is relative, since the original birth day is really only the beginning of the wildest ride ever. Happy birthday to Nat and Will!!!
  8. Amanda January 6, 2015 at 9:07 am #
    Loving the crowns. The babies look so sweet in them. I can't believe they are a year!
  9. Heather January 6, 2015 at 10:04 am #
    Congratulations to the four of you for surviving and thriving this first year! I adore reading all about your family.
  10. Emily @ Life on Food January 6, 2015 at 11:36 am #
    I love everything about these pictures. The twins are so adorable and I love the hodge podge cake. Perfect for your little ones!
  11. Rachel Cooks January 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm #
    I cannot believe it has been a year already! Insane. They're adorable and this is the most adorable birthday party ever. You win mom of the year, for sure.
  12. Nicki January 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm #
    Happy Birthday, babies!! They are the cutest. P.S. My birthday's tomorrow, but I'll be 28 years older than they turn today. YAY JANUARY BABIES! Starting the new year off the right way!
  13. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm #
    You have the most adorable kids I've ever seen in my life. I don't have kids so I can safely say that with confidence. Is it wrong I want that crown? My head is hardly 18 inches but I'll make it work.
  14. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 7, 2015 at 8:18 am #
    So sweet! I love those crowns (and my little has a righteous mullet going on, too, so I'm V excited about the idea of making her a crown when she turns one and seeing that whole combo together). Happy birthday to your adorable bebes!
  15. Jamie January 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm #
    Happy Birthday, munchkins! Great job, Mom and Dad!
  16. Brianna Wallace April 12, 2015 at 10:14 am #
    my boys are turning one on Tuesday! Whaaa! But YAY for surviving the first year (barely)!! Question about your smash cake- did you just use two layers to get it that tall? And would you recommend the tuna can method?? I will also be making the smash cakes. :) thanks! Congrats on surviving and thriving the first year! (although a bit late-stumbled upon your Insta and then blog a few weeks ago) xx
    • Bev Weidner April 15, 2015 at 9:21 am #
      Hi! You know, my smash cakes were pretty horrible. :) But I'm an awful baker, annnnnd I accidentally used tuna cans with rims on the insides. So if you use the rimless, you should be good to go! But yes, two cans per cake!
  17. April McDaniel April 28, 2015 at 7:04 am #
    How cute are your babes?!!! I have an identical twin and b-day pics were always hilarious--still are but we are OLD. My 3 babies are getting old enough to have babies so we all prowl around looking for some to have mischief with. Love, love, love your website and killer recipes. Congrats mom (& dad) of twins!
  18. Annie August 13, 2015 at 9:08 am #
    Great photos. Both toddlers are adorable :)
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    Just too cute! I give a lot to be reading about your family here!
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    Great photos and tips! :)
  21. Joice December 30, 2016 at 9:16 am #
    I'll do it for my son, thank you so much for sharing.
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    Ohhh so Beatifull, I love it
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    I liked your creativity, very original.
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    I loved the felt crowns
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    So beautiful !
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    My favorite birthday was the one of my aunt with the theme of pocahontas.Parabéns by its blog beautiful babies and these crowns.
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    I found the idea of ​​the crowns very original. I am also a mother and have several ideas for my daughter's birthday party.
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    How beautiful your babies, it was beautiful, congratulations!
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