How to Make Circlet Tiaras

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Decorate the circlet tiara with a teardrop pendant.
Decorate the circlet tiara with a teardrop pendant. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A circlet tiara is an alternative fashion accessory to a traditional tiara that is worn across the forehead, rather than on top of the head. The accessory can bring a medieval or fairytale feel to a wedding ensemble, Halloween costume or other special attire. You can make these hair accessories at home for a fraction of the cost of a store-bought equivalent and customize the tiara to match the color scheme of the rest of the outfit.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain, thin wire headband
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Pearl or bead pendant
  • Thin-gauge jewelry wire
  • Crystal seed beads
  • Crystal beads
  • Tiny clear elastic band (optional)

Find the center point of the plain, thin wire headband. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to bend the center of the headband down slightly.

Thread the jump ring from a short pearl or bead pendant onto the headband. Slide the pendant to the center of the headband.

Thread crystal beads onto ½ inch of the headband on either side of the pendant.

Cut two 3 1/2-inch-long pieces of jewelry wire and thread tiny crystal seed beads onto the wires. Leave a 1/2-inch space of wire at both ends without any beads. Use the needle-nose pliers to wrap one 1/2-inch end of the wire around the headband, just beyond the seed beads on the headband.

Thread crystal beads onto 2 inches of the headband on either side, beyond the wrapped wire.

Bend the beaded wire to make an upward arc and wrap the remaining ½-inch end of the beaded wire around the headband with the needle-nose pliers on each side of the headband.

Continue threading crystal beads onto the headband until you reach approximately 1 inch from each end. If the beads fit loosely on the headband, slide a tight-fitting bead or tiny clear elastic band onto the headband to keep the beads in place.

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References

  • "Tiaras: How to Make with Beads and Wire"; Hana Glover; 2005
  • "Woven Wire Jewelry: Contemporary Designs and Creative Techniques"; Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey; 2004
  • "Bead & Wire Art Jewelry: Techniques & Designs for All Skill Levels"; J. Marsha Michler; 2006
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