Last year’s costume

As we mentioned on this week’s show, I have been spent the last two weekends working on my costume for the upcoming Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. After much consideration, and many hours floating through websites and Pinterest, I decided on Rapunzel from Tangled, after her haircut.

But without Rapunzel’s signature blonde locks, I felt my costume needed a little something – specifically, her crown. I got lucky last year, finding one on Amazon that was lightweight and closely resembled the shape of Sleeping Beauty’s crown.

I was not so lucky when it came to the distinctive crown from Tangled. But after dismantling another crown we had around the house, I was convinced I could make my own.

Starting with a printable crown found on, I traced the crown on a piece of yellow sparkly foam we had in our craft closet.

Using a utility knife, I began cutting away the foam, test fitting along the way.

Using three layers of gift basket foil – happily a neighbor had some, so I didn’t have to buy a whole roll – I created the large jewels. I found lots of examples of amazing Tangled crowns that people created using chandelier gems, but I didn’t think that would be very practical for the run. Using paper from a disposable tablecloth, I covered the edges of the foil on the back.

Using the world’s oldest glue gun – it once belonged to my husband’s grandfather – I attached the foam crown to the inside of one of my daughter’s headbands (meaning I didn’t have to worry about covering a headband with fabric). Two rows of yellow bric-a-brac covered the edge of crown and reinforced the connection.

I’ve never used a glue gun before. Now I want to glue all things.

Finally, it was time to bejewel! I had originally planned to use fake pearls, to make the crown look like the deluxe Tangled crown sold by Disney (and no longer available), but realized it would make the crown heavier than I wanted, and wasn’t what the crown in the movie looked like. So instead I used almost 300 flat back gems and Beacon Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive.

The larger gems came from Michael’s, while the blue beads came out of my daughter’s bead collection.

With the crown complete, I have to work on my shirt, as well as figure out how I’m going to get the crown down to Florida without crushing it. One of my friends suggested I wear it through security.

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4 Responses to Making my princess crown

  1. Michelle says:

    You should absolutely wear it through security. It looks great! Good luck on your half, I know you’ll do great.

  2. Shawn says:

    Your crown looks great! Can you make the Belle crowns for my friends and I who are also doing the Princess Half? I always find it interesting how crafty you are! I am SO not crafty!

  3. Joline says:

    Looks great! You should absolutely wear it. Never too early to start getting into the Disney bubble. Good luck and have a great time!

  4. Shannon says:

    I did the Princess Half last year in a store-bought crown. (Had a fabulous time!) Will use your idea the next time I run it.
    Have a wonderful time at the race! :)