Cool off this summer with a DIY Sponge Crown

How it works

Simply dunk the DIY sponge crown in water, hold a mini-coronation, and crown the king/queen of the summer! The sponges will hold enough water to slowly drip down and keep the kids cool while keeping their shape. We played around with this idea and made our DIY sponge crown out of stars! 

How often is it that a cooling accessory actually looks cool? You won’t see me with one of those clunky fans around my neck this summer. Sweat bands? I’ll pass. Crown me. 

DIY Sponge Crown for kids

Where to wear your sponge crown

This DIY sponge crown would be so much fun to make at a child’s birthday party. The supplies are cheap, the process is simple, and the product is truly fun. Then, the kids could run around and play water games!

If that’s not an option right now, a family picnic/camping trip to the backyard would be made much more exciting with this usable craft. I’m imagining what the photos would look like – adorable!! Does your community have a summer parade or festival? Ours has a bike parade where all the kids get on their bikes and ride around the main street. Your children will feel like the belles of the ball with their crowns on, and you won’t have to worry about them overheating!

How to make your DIY Sponge Crown

Supplies:

Find all of the supplies needed here!

Instructions:

  1. First, use the paint markers to paint each of your wooden dowels your choice of red, white, and blue. We also including some gold ones! We used 6 long dowels and cut them to varying lengths.
  2. Set aside the dowels to dry.
  3. Cut stars and other desired shapes out of your sponges, in varying sizes. You can draw the shape on lightly with a marker or pen and then use scissors to cut out the shape.
  4. Gently slide a dowel into each sponge shape.
  5. Stick the dowels into the styrofoam wreath form, being careful to make the dowel stick straight up not angled at all.
  6. Once you have arranged all of your desired dowels, with the sponge shapes on top, into the styrofoam, use a hot glue gun to glue them firmly in place.
  7. Use hot glue to wrap ribbon around the styrofoam form for a final pretty touch.
  8. Your crown is not ready to use! Run the sponges on the crown under water, place it on your child’s head (or yours!) and a cooling stream of water will refresh you!

Note: If you are worried about the crown falling off, you can hot glue it to a head band, or add additional ribbon or twine to tie it on with a bow under their chin! Like we did on Jasper below.

DIY Sponge Crown for kids

More ways you and your kids can cool off this summer

Make your own rainbow sun hat to create your own shade wherever you go, all season long.

Did you know we have a whole series of popsicle recipes? Including lemon, blood orange, green apple, and more!

Trying to cut down on screen time this summer? Click here for 30 hose and sidewalk chalk activities that will keep your kiddos busy all summer long.

Cool down in style with these printable ice cream cone wrappers! Or learn how to make your own floral ice cubes for all your summer garden parties.

DIY Summer Flower Garland

Collaboration leads to inspiration

The inspiration for this particular garland came from two places: our wrapping paper products designed for Alexis Mattox Design, and a collab we did Chatbooks! The floral patterns we did with AMD were just so fun and punchy that we had to make a garland inspired by the wrapping paper. Chatbooks used some of those same wrapping paper designs as covers for their books. After seeing that, it occurred to me that I wanted to see these colors and flowers everywhere. Cue the crafting!

This DIY Summer Flower Garland is the perfect decoration for all your summer soirees. And is pretty enough to keep up all year long! You’ll be happy to hear that the materials were pretty cheap too. It’s made with crepe paper and cardstock, and is totally customizable. You can change the colors by simply using a different color paper. If you do play with a new color scheme, send me pictures!! Color is my favorite.

Where to put your paper flower garland

The fun part about a garland is that it can go anywhere. Wreaths go on the front door, flower vases on tables, but garlands? They do it all. In our Flower & Leaf Garden E-Book, we put garlands over the backs of chairs, as table runners, wound around a staircase handle, hung over doorways, or delicately draped on walls. If you’re planning a wedding, think of how fun it would be to make a DIY Summer Flower Garland with friends! It would be beautiful hung over a trellis or fireplace or as a photo-wall backdrop.

This project is great to work on with friends or alone! Heck, you could probably collab with a friend from afar! Mail each other your pieces to create one big DIY Summer Flower Garland!  If crafting is your cathartic alone time, this garland is perfect for you. Spread out over a few days, and soak up that creative time. Summer days are meant for crafting, am I right?

More paper garlands for every season

You can download the templates for each of these garlands (and more!) individually here or all of them together for a discount!

DIY Summer Flower Garland

Materials:
  • Crepe paper in green, cornflower blue, orange, white, and yellow
  • Cardstock in blue, pink, yellow, and white
  • Acrylic paint in coral, yellow, and blue
  • Wire flower stamens in red
  • 22 gauge cloth covered floral wire in 18″ lengths
  • Spool of 24 gauge florist wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • Templates
Instructions:

Full instructions can be found here!

Once you’ve created all the individual flowers, begin to hot glue the elements onto the green floral wire. Mix in plenty of green crepe paper leaves. We made our garland about 6 feet long.

DIY summer flower garland

Photography by Anna Killian | Crafting by Ashley Isenhour and Rebecca Hansen