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 St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats

DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

How are you celebrating St. Patricks’ Day this year? With a party? Do you need some hats? We got ’em! These DIY St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats are surprisingly easy to make and you’ll never guess how we made them. Hint: someone in your house probably has it in their medicine cabinet.

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DIY marbled shamrock party hats

Materials:

    • green card stock
    • foam shaving cream
    • green food coloring
    • craft sticks
    • wax paper
    • scissors
    • green tissue paper
    • green crepe paper
    • green covered floral wire
    • wire cutters
    • glue
    • glue gun
    • hole punch
    • ribbon or elastic
    • template or SVG file and craft cutting machine
    • iron
Steps:
Step 1. Marble your green card stock. To do this, lay out a sheet of wax paper and cover the surface with foaming shaving cream (the cheap stuff works great). Drop green food coloring onto the shaving cream and drag a craft stick around in the shaving cream to create a marbled pattern with the food coloring. Press the craft paper into the shaving cream. Peel craft paper back and wipe excess shaving cream off of the paper with the edge of another craft stick. You can use the same shaving cream and add more food coloring for several sheets of card stock. Allow card stock to dry completely. If card stock ripples you may want to iron it on a low setting to flatten it.
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Step 2. Use template or craft machine to cut party hats out of marbled card stock. Assemble hats using hot glue to keep tab in place.

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3. Cut and fringe 1.5 inch strips of tissue paper and/or crepe paper. Glue fringed strips around the bases of your hats (2-3 times around looks best). Ruffle the fringe with your fingers to give it some dimension.

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4. Cut shamrock shapes out of folded squares of crepe paper. Cut 2 inch segments of covered floral wire. Hot glue one end of a segment of wire to the back of each shamrock. Hot glue a shamrock to the top of each party hat.

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5. Punch a small hole into either side of each hat. Thread elastic or ribbon through the holes to keep the hats in place on your head.DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

Photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour