Make an Eco-Friendly Plantable Crown to Wear for the Jubilee - Then plant it for the bees!

Make your own eco-friendly crown to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee & help the bees at the same time! This simple recycling craft is quick, easy & super-frugal to make! When you've finished wearing your beautiful crown for your Jubilee celebrations, you can plant it directly into the ground, & in late Summer/early Autumn, the nature jewels on your crown will have transformed into blooms of gold for the bees to enjoy! 

All ages will love creating these fabulous crowns, all you need is a brown paper bag / recycled brown paper, sunflower seeds, & some flour paste. (To make the flour paste mix a tablespoon of flour with a teaspoon of water.)

:: To make your compostable crown, fold your paper bag flat & cut out a wide strip across the middle.

:: Fold your strip of paper in half, & repeat twice more, before cutting a triangular shape at the top. Unfold your paper & you should have a zig-zag pattern for the top of your crown.

:: To make sure that your crown is going to fit, measure the strip of paper around your head & mark off where you need to cut & stick the edges together.

:: Next, decorate your crown with coloured pencils, chalks, or eco-friendly pastels. You could add jewel colours, or make a pattern using colours from the Union Jack like we did.

:: Now you're ready to add your nature jewels! They may not dazzle & sparkle yet, but in a few weeks, these natural jewels will grow into beautiful blooms of gold with stunning emerald leaves! To attach the sunflower seeds to your crown, add a few drops of flour paste using a paintbrush & then place the sunflower seeds on top.

:: Leave the crown to dry overnight, & your nature jewels will be stuck tight ready for you to party & wear your crown the next day.

With the excess paper from the brown bag, why not make a matching royal crown for a friend or your favourite cuddly toy. 

After celebrating the Queen's Jubilee weekend, simply plant your crown in the earth & watch as it transforms into beautiful sunflowers ready for pollinators to enjoy. Such a lovely way to continue the Jubilee celebrations throughout the year too.

This is such a simple craft, & like so many of the other projects on this blog, it encourages children to recycle, reuse & care for creation. We love upcycling an item & turning it into something new & beautiful!

If you're looking for more frugal & eco-friendly activities to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, take a look at these:

Make your own Royal Horse & Carriage

Queen & Royal Guard Figures ideal for Storytelling

Paper Bag Princess Puppet

The Princess & the Pea

Children's Trail for the Queen's Jubilee