Lace Tiara

2 Posted by - September 6, 2013 - DIY & Crafts, Women's Apparel

Is there anyone on this earth who does not need a lace tiara? I submit to you, no.

Image from Joyfolie

Image from Joyfolie

I mean, sure, they look cuter on kids, but grown-ass people need crowns sometimes too, yo.

Source: Tumblr

Source: Tumblr

So I decided to make one. For me. So there.

This, of course, required a lot more lace than a cute little kid crown…


The instructions said to stiffen the lace with ModPodge or fabric stiffener. I had some homemade ModPodge so I decided to give that a try…

modpodged lace

The instructions also said to “blot” up the extra, but when I blotted it, there wasn’t much left…

blotted lace

And after a few hours, it was not stiff at all. “I will make you stiff!” cried I (that’s what she said), and so I repeated the ModPodge and also sprayed it with spray starch. (Because, really, I never use it for ironing so I might as well use it for something.)

I had also carefully followed the directions and put the whole thing on wax paper, but it turns out that glue (which is basically what ModPodge is) sticks to wax paper. Whodathunk?

wax paper fail

Luckily, I was able to carefully peel it off the lace.

I left it to further stiffen overnight, which it did not do, but I was in a hurry and figured it was good enough. Also, I didn’t feel like hauling out my glue gun, so stapler to the rescue.

staples FTW

And maybe this whole tiara thing wasn’t my greatest idea…


Source: Tumblr

Source: Tumblr

But hell if I’m not gonna let my freak flag fly. Honey, I look good in a crown.


I made this tiara as part of my friend Katharine Ashe’s The Tiara Experience contest! If you want to enter, just follow the link to learn more. You could win a real tiara!

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Lace Tiara
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Lace Tiara
You can make a tiara out of lace... For your kids. Or, you know, for yourself, if you're sort of weird.


  • Catherine September 6, 2013 - 9:53 am Reply

    You’re a fucking princess, sister. You rock that tiara!

  • Celia Bass September 6, 2013 - 10:32 am Reply

    super cute. not a fail.

  • SuzieQueue September 6, 2013 - 11:24 am Reply

    You can add it to your French maid outfit for sexytimes! Wait… is that just me?

  • Kelly724 September 6, 2013 - 12:00 pm Reply

    It’s too bad that your lace did not stiffen overnight. My husband does not have that problem. But like you, I am also in a hurry in the mornings, so too bad for him.

  • FluffyGirl September 6, 2013 - 12:41 pm Reply

    My dentist said I needed a crown, and I was all “I KNOW, right?”…. is still one of my favorites. I say anytime you can get away with wearing a tiara, do it! I sing in a women’s acapella group where the winners get to wear a sparkly crown. I’m in it for the crown, not gonna’ lie.

  • Tina0607 September 6, 2013 - 2:55 pm Reply

    So, who said this was cuter on the kid… it really kind of freaks me out…. the kid pic not your pic…. your pic is hot!

  • kittnen September 6, 2013 - 3:09 pm Reply

    Are your glasses from Zenni? I was eyeing those last night. (Get it? Eyeing? Hur.)
    The tiara looks super cute though.

    • Pintester September 6, 2013 - 8:01 pm Reply

      Indeed they are. I love them. And they were cheapy cheap cheap.

  • brigidkeely September 6, 2013 - 6:01 pm Reply

    There is a product called, I shit you not, “Stiffy” that is great for stiffening fabrics. That might be a better choice for others trying this. I’ve used it to turn cheese cloth into 3-D stand-up ghosts.

    • Supertiff September 6, 2013 - 8:08 pm Reply

      Not to mention, a product called Stiffy? Come on. That’s comic gold right there.

      • brigidkeely September 6, 2013 - 8:09 pm Reply

        I was like 7 when my mom got a bottle of it for mother/daughter halloween crafting & I couldn’t figure out why she kept snickering & nodding at it with the other moms.

  • Allie September 6, 2013 - 7:40 pm Reply

    The tiara was way cute on you! You just need to add some bling, but something better than the flower on the original pin. Oh, and Moriarty!! Only, can you use a gif of Sherlock next time you talk about making things stiff?

    • Pintester September 6, 2013 - 7:57 pm Reply

      I spent an inordinate amount of time finding this for you. 😉

  • Sandi Boyd September 6, 2013 - 7:58 pm Reply

    My god…last week it was Borg references, this week it’s Moriarity…you add in Doctor Who and I swear to God I may just kiss you smack dab on the lips!

  • Miss Ginger Grant September 6, 2013 - 11:12 pm Reply

    Miss GInger has plenty of real tiaras from her reign as Mardi Gras royalty, but a cute lace one might be fun for a special occasion!

  • Moonstrobe September 7, 2013 - 10:22 pm Reply

    Totally Adorkable!

  • Lainey Danielle September 7, 2013 - 11:01 pm Reply

    Love the Sherlock reference!!

  • Kimberliah September 7, 2013 - 11:14 pm Reply

    It looks like you have a garter on your head!!! 🙂

  • Half Crown Braid | Pintester September 9, 2013 - 3:02 pm Reply

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  • MichelleC September 11, 2013 - 6:56 pm Reply

    No Big Bang Theory references??

    • thatpandabitca April 18, 2014 - 7:09 am Reply

      I appreciated that so thank you. 😀

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