Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How to Make a Tiana Inspired Leaf Crown

For the Walt Disney World 5k coming up in just a few short weeks, I'll be running as one of my favorite Disney Princesses, Tiana from "Princess and the Frog."

I'll be wearing a lime green sparkle skirt, a light green tech t-shirt, and of course, Tiana's signature leaf crown. The Disney store sells a Tiana crown but it is just a plastic crown with a picture of Tiana in the center. I wanted to do something that closely resembled what Tiana wore in the movie.

I was able to make this crown for less than 15 dollars and less than an hour's work. I used the following items:
  • Tiara- Target dollar section
  • Sparkly green/white poinsettia flower- Michael's
  • Bridal floral sprays- Michael's
  • Sage green 5/8" ribbon- Michael's
  • White felt- JoAnn Fabrics
  • White/green rose- Michael's (used for Tiana's skirt)
  • Clips- Michael's (used for the flower on Tiana's skirt)

To start, I hot glued the white felt to the tiara. Because it was red, I didn't want the color to show through the leaves. If you use a tiara that is white or a similar color, you can skip this step.

Then I cut the leaves off of the poinsettia. I used seven leaves- the largest in the middle and decreasing in size on each side. First, I rearranged the leaves to make sure I liked how they looked together. I also tucked four of the bridal floral sprays behind the flowers. I hot glued each leaf to the tiara, starting with the middle leaf and layering each additional leaf in front of it. Then I glued the floral sprays behind the flowers; two on each side.

To finish the crown, I glued a piece of ribbon around the base of the crown. You could also glue more ribbon around the entire headband. Since I'll be running in it, I wanted the "teeth" on the inside of headband to still be able to do their job.

And that's it! With the right materials and with just a few minutes, you can make a Tiana-inspired leaf crown.

Here's a sneak peek at part of my Tiana running costume. Look for the full costume reveal (including all four race costumes) coming soon!


  1. thank you for sharing this tiara tutorial. i am going to dress as Princess Tiana for the Disneyland Half later this year. it will be my first runDisney race, and you posts are very helpful

    Nita, the brRUNcher

    1. Awesome, Nina! Tiana is probably my FAVORITE Disney princess. Good luck with your costume and the half!