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How to make a Maleficent Princess Aurora Floral Tiara

This particular Halloween costume project started because of this comment from my older daughter .

“Mommy where’s the crown to match C’s Princess Aurora costume?”

Me “Crown? What crown?”

Go check the Princess Aurora costume packaging photo. Oh yes. A crown. A gold floral tiara. I see that did not come with this costume that we purchased a month ago while on vacation in Georgia. And now it’s a week before Halloween.

In parent land that means that if your children are dressing as any of the following this year – Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Maleficent and a Zombie (Thank you The Walking Dead, as if you don’t control our entire TV viewing schedule as is) and you have yet to get their costumes, the Universe would like to take this moment to say “Good Luck with that.”

Well the Zombie and even Olaf you should be good to go with some fake blood and white sweatshirt stuffed with something.

But the others? LOL. Ok. The tiara is long gone from any store or remote shipping location to get here in time.

Insert Plan B. Dollarama and my glue gun.

So I went out and got some fake flowers. The most important ones to get are ferns because if you look at the original floral tiara from the movie costume, it looks like a combination of ferns and leaves. She wears this particular costume towards the end of the movie.

Fake plastic leaves

Then I got some gold pipe cleaners and make a nice circle for the crown…tiara…see? What is this called?

I measured my daughter’s head to make sure it was a good size for her.

gold pipe cleaners

gold pipe cleaners circle

I tore off all the leaves off the stems and trimmed the fern leaves down to a smaller size.

Then using my glue gun, I glued the leaves on the pipe cleaners. I did the ferns first, then layered the rest of the leaves in a consecutive pattern all around the pipe cleaners.

individual fake plastic leaves

fake plastic leaf tiara

I already had a can of Krylon Metallic Gold Spray Paint as it was in my swag bag from the BlogPodium conference.

Krylon Gold Metallic Spray Paint

I am convinced I am the only blogger on the face of the planet who has never used gold spray paint before. I am not a gold decor person. I like platinum, silver and the shiniest diamond you get your hands on.

Gold? Meh.

Let me tell you, this could be the product that changes all that. I honestly was not expecting it to be as good as it was. For some reason I had this notion that it would be runny or sheer. Not at all. This is a very opaque gold paint and took maybe two coats to paint the entire tiara. If this comes in copper I am going to have a bigger problem.

DIY Princess Aurora from Maleficent Floral Tiara - northstory

Unlike her older sister  who loves any form of photography and photo shoots (see the Maleficent costume one for an example), it took a lot of bribing with popsicles and a bike ride outside in the cold windy fall day to get her to agree to get a picture taken for this post.

She loves the tiara and can’t wait to wear on Halloween, but she hates getting her picture taken. I mean hates.

How to make a Princess Aurora Floral Tiara from the Coronation Costume in the movie Maleficent - northstory

DIY Princess Aurora Maleficent Floral Tiara Crown - northstory


I am going to pin that in with either bobby pins or two hair clips underneath to help it to stay because kids wearing crowns are comical. You know that thing is going to fall off faster than they can run to the next house to say Trick or Treat.

But I must say I am pretty happy with how it turned out. And I have a lot of gold spray paint left over…project suggestions anyone?

For more Maleficent Costume DIY’s, check out our other projects:

DIY – Maleficent Staff

Maleficent and Aurora go Trick or Treating – Halloween night

DIY Princess Aurora Floral Tiara from the movie Maleficent - northstory

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  • Reply
    October 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Your tiara is beautiful. Perfect for any princess!

  • Reply
    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    October 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    That tiara is perfection – and I’m willing to bet its loads better than any store bought one! You’re rocking this Maleficent Halloween thing Alex! 🙂 But I’m really not surprised. Sadly this year I’m living vicariously through your costumes as the house isn’t leaving me any time to DIY anything. That and my little guy is determined to be Spiderman which only required a trip to one costume shop and everything came in one package. I’m super tempted to make web slingers for him though. Any thoughts on attaching a silly string trigger to a 5 year old’s arms?? LOL…

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