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    My name is Corina Nielsen and I am so happy you stopped by. I provide custom photography services in San Diego, Ca., mainly specializing in newborn portraiture and I also run a separate graphic design business helping photographers define their business identity. You can see samples of all my work right here on my blog... both of my photography and design portfolio's are located right in the above menu! Please take a look and if you are interested in either booking a session or getting on my design wait list, you can use the contact form to get in touch! I look forward to talking with you soon!

Baby Lantz: San Diego Newborn Photographer

Prepare for some serious cuteness… this little peanut did so good for his session!

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Baby Viola: San Diego Newborn Photographer

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Mini Crowns: Newborn Prop Tutorial

I know I promised an upcycled pants tutorial next but I’m really trying hard to get the sizing just right!  Because I am providing the actual template this time, its important for me to have it done correctly for everyone.  3rd time has to be a charm so I will be testing the latest templte out at my session in a few hours!  If all goes well, the template and tutorial will be up just as soon as its ready!  Promise:)

In the meantime, to help you get through the wait…. I thought I would do another easy prop tutorial: mini crowns!  These are super popular but I never jumped on the train, mainly because the crafter in me knew there had to be a way to make it myself, just had to find the time!   With a few of my January babies running a bit behind, I squeezed in some time last week to work this up for you!  Ready?  You are not going to believe how easy, inexpensive, and fast you can make these adorable little guys!


  • Aleene’s fabric stiffener (I bought my bottle at JoAnne’s… with a 50% off coupon)
  • crocheted lace/trim (also purchased at JoAnne’s)
  • gold, silver, or other colored paint
  • paintbrush
  • FabriTac (fabric adhesive) **you could probably get away with a hot glue gun also**
  • a bowl
  • gloves
  • wax or parchment paper
  • ruler, scissors
  • small childs cup or other cup approximately 2-1/2″ in diameter


For newborns, I cut mine to 9″ and it worked out perfectly.  If you are making crowns for older children just increase the size a bit…


I don’t know if there is an exact science to this but I kind of winged this part.  The stiffener is quite thick so I thinned it down ever so slightly with some water.  For those that need measurements, I used approximately 2 TBSP stiffener to maybe 2 TSP water.  Stir until completely mixed.  **I don’t suggest using a paintbrush to stir, but I was too lazy to grab a plastic spoon once I had got started:)**


You want to make sure every fiber has been soaked.  I simply just flipped it around and around, squeezed, pressed, repeated until it was good and drenched.   Then just squeeze/wring out the excess.


Once you have gotten the majority of the excess liquid out, grab your wax or parchment paper and lay the trim out flat.  You will want to get it as flat as you can.  Press down any curled up or folded areas.  Also ensure that there are no bubbles or webbing created in between the lace.


OK so this step was a bit of trial and error and luckily it worked out well for me.  Typically, I think you would want to just leave the trim alone and let it dry completely.  Personally, I’m far too impatient for that so decided to give my microwave a whirl.

With the trim laying nice and flat on the parchment paper, place it on the microwave.  I set mine on high for 10 seconds at a time and went exactly 6 rounds and flipped it over in between each round.  This time will vary depending on your microwave, but count on at least FIVE- 10 second rounds.  So set your microwave to 10 seconds, press start, open microwave, flip trim over, close door, set for another 10 seconds, press start, open microwave, flip trim over, close door…… repeat and repeat:)


It should be 99.9% dry and very stiff after the 5-6 rounds!


Grab your desired color and paint away!  Paint BOTH sides thoroughly. And the **most important** part to remember in this step is to ensure that no bubbles or webbing are formed in between the crocheted spaces.  To get rid of any that formed on mine, I just picked it up and blew real hard… there is probably a better way to ensure you don’t get bubbles, but this worked for me:)You could also take a pin/needles and clear any tiny areas you see.  Once you are in the clear, just place it back on the parchment and let it air dry a bit. I also trimmed my raw sides so they were nice and straight at this point.


When the paint is more or less dry to the touch, grab your fabric adhesive or glue gun.  Form the painted trim into a nice circle and place adhesive at one end.  Secure the other end and hold for 20 seconds or until good and stuck. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…. and so on.


Grab your cup, turn it upside down, and put the crown on top.  I pushed mine down just a bit to make sure it was nice, snug, and had a good round shape.  Don’t pull too hard or the ends will come undone (if using FabriTac) since this won’t be completely dry.  Leave your crown on the cup to completely dry.  I would suggest leaving it like this overnight but if you have to… at least wait a few hours!


Stacie Petta - January 28, 2013 - 9:46 am

I’m like you too. I saw these online and thought the same thing…the crafter in me could make these for much cheaper! I used a thicker more detailed trim I found at Joanne’s which gave a pretty pointed crown. Also, Elmer’s glue works just as well. I sewed or glued mine into a circle first so it could stand on its own and then I painted glue onto it. I left mine cream like the original but I may have to try painting one next!

Anna Pablos - January 28, 2013 - 11:04 am

Definitely, you’re my hero!!! … I love this crowns and never know how to do it as detailed as you did. Thanks so much!!! Greetings! Anna

Lucy Greenhill - August 30, 2013 - 6:48 am

Thank you so much :) just made one so easy, love your work too. (I sewed my together instead of glueing, worked just as well)

Angela - September 19, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Thank you!! I always wanted a crown for my newborn sessions! I love your tutorials! Angela Butler – Clarksville, TN Photographer

Jamila Costa - October 16, 2013 - 10:32 am

Thank you. Help me much!

Julia - April 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Your tutorials are awesome! Such cute ideas.

chantal - September 9, 2015 - 10:02 am

Very nice! Definitely gonna make this one! Thanks!!