Guest Post - Three Union Jack Crowns

 


Every royal occasion needs crowns - and these Union flag versions are stunning! To make them Shelly's kids used an interesting tracing technique...

Three Union Jack Crowns

Sometimes our crafts happen totally by accident. I had this crown template printed out from a different craft that we had just completed and I happened to print out the United Kingdom flag colouring page and place it on the same table.  It was a total accident, but the next thing I know my son is holding the two together and suggesting we copy the flag onto the crown. It seemed such a brilliant idea, so of course we did it and we actually ended up creating three different versions of it.

The inspiration for our three Union Jack crowns
The inspiration for our three Union Jack crowns

The flag and the crown are not an exact match but we placed our crown over the flag, sticking it up on a window so we could see nice and clearly.

Ready to trace the flag
Ready to trace the flag

When we traced the lines, we just extended a few of them to the very top of the crown – it helps to use a ruler.

Tracing the flag and extending the lines to fill the crown template
Tracing the flag and extending the lines to fill the crown template

And just to show you the effect if you used the other crown template, I quickly printed that one out and we traced it onto that one as well.

An example using the second crown template
An example using the second crown template

For the first crown my son coloured it in with his pencil crayons.

Simple colouring in
Simple colouring in

Although it was a straightforward craft, just colouring in the flag ends up creating an effective image.

Our first Union Jack crown completed
Our first Union Jack crown completed

The second crown was a combination of our felt tip pens and some red tissue paper.  We love tissue paper crafts but we often find that instead of covering the entire image with tissue paper it is often more effective if you only use the tissue paper for some areas, like highights. In this case we only did the red sections in tissue paper.

Felt tip pens and scrunched up tissue paper
Felt tip pens and scrunched up tissue paper

We really likeed the end result of the tissue paper crown!

The third crown was a suncatcher. We traced the outline onto a sheet of laminating sleeve with our black puffy paint and left it to dry.

Tracing the outline of his suncatcher
Tracing the outline of his suncatcher

Then, once the puffy paint was dry, we used some watercolour pencils to add in the colour.  Normally with our black puffy paint suncatchers we colour in with our felt-tip pens but we happened to have our watercolour pencils out and we love experimenting with the crafts so we just gave it a try and it worked.

Filling in the crown with watercolour pencils
Filling in the crown with watercolour pencils

It looked great hanging up.

Hanging in the window
Hanging in the window

I love that our Union Jack crowns came about by total accident because often that is how art is created by someone just trying something and then getting a great result.

Our finished three Union Jack crowns
Our finished three Union Jack crowns

Guest Post - Three Union Jack Crowns

Thanks to Shelly and her son for these inspiring Union Jack crowns. I expect King Charles III would enjoy weating a crown like these!

Shelly is a home educating parent of two children aged 10 and 12. She blogs at ofamily learning together where she shares ideas on the different learning activities that they do including lots of hand-on maths, arts and crafts and anything else that is part of their home educating lifestyle.

Guest Post - Three Union Jack Crowns
Wednesday, 14th September 2022

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