How to Make a Glinda Crown From "The Wizard of Oz"

The character of Glinda, in "The Wizard of Oz," is the good witch played by Billie Burke in the classic motion picture. Glinda wears a sparkling, high, star-crested gold crown, as well as a floor-length dusty pink ball gown. While you can purchase a Glinda crown from a costume supply store, you can also make your own at a greatly reduced cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape

  • Cardboard

  • Ruler

  • Star stencil, 3 inches

  • Scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Tape or stapler

  • Gold acrylic paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Spray gold glitter

  • Brooch

  • Fake diamonds

Measure the Head

Step 1

Measure the person's head that will be wearing the crown. Measure around the forehead and back of the head.

Step 2

Lay a piece of cardboard flat on a table.

Step 3

Draw a line with a pencil and ruler across the cardboard, making it equal to the length of your measurement, plus 1 inch. The extra inch is for your seam.

Draw the Crown Base

Step 1

Draw a line on each end of the first line that extends up about 12 inches. Use the ruler to get straight lines.

Step 2

Draw a straight line across the top of the two vertical lines.

Step 3

Measure 4 inches below the connecting top line and make a mark at that point on both vertical lines.

Step 4

Draw a horizontal line across the crown template to connect the 4-inch markers.

Step 5

Draw eight equally spaced points across the top line of the crown, starting at the top corner of the left-hand 4-inch strip.

Step 6

Measure the spaces between the points to find the center of each. Mark these center points on the line beneath them.

Step 7

Place a pencil on the first point on the top line and drag it down to the center mark on the horizontal line at the 4-inch mark, then back up to the next point on the top line, creating a rounded "V" pattern between the points. Repeat this for all the points.

Draw the Star Toppers

Step 1

Draw eight stars on another piece of cardboard, using a 3-inch star stencil.

Step 2

Cut the stars out of the cardboard.

Step 3

Spray the stars with gold glitter.

Assemble and Embellish

Step 1

Cut the crown out of the cardboard.

Step 2

Pull the ends of the crown together and overlap them by 1 inch, then staple or tape them securely. If you use tape, tape both the outside seam and the inside seam to hold the ends together well.

Step 3

Paint the crown inside and out with gold acrylic paint, then allow it to dry completely.

Step 4

Spray the crown with gold spray glitter.

Step 5

Glue the stars to the points on the crown and glue a large silver brooch to the headband of the crown, centered on the forehead.

Step 6

Glue a row of fake diamonds around the bottom edge of the crown.


Create your own star stencil from cardboard instead of buying one.

Try using sheets of craft foam to make the crown; it's a sturdy, inexpensive alternative to cardboard.

Glue an elastic band to the inside base of the crown as a way to keep it more securely on your head.

Glue a glitter-covered cardboard star to an aluminum rod for a matching magic wand accessory.

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