Felt Crown

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We tried out a pipe cleaner crown the other day, but unfortunately it was short-lived. The pipe cleaner segments unwound from one another quickly after King Travis tossed it around a few times. We thought a felt crown might stand up to more rough and tough kingly play!

First, trace an outline for your crown on white felt and cut out.

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Even this large piece of felt wasn’t long enough to stretch around Travis’s head, so we cut an additional strip of felt to sew on the back. This ended up being the neatest part of the craft for Travis. With careful adult help, we threaded yarn through the felt to secure the extra strip in place.

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Before sewing though, I asked Travis how he would like to decorate the crown. He wasn’t very into the permanent markers I offered, making only a few scribbles. (I ended up ending a few lines of decoration across the front).

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He did, though, love the “gems” from the craft store that I had.

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Very careful consideration was given to which gem should go where, and then I adhered them with hot glue.

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If you have decorative buttons on hand, you can also add those to your crown – another chance for sewing through the felt!

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Once he had the crown on, I realized he actually looked more like a medieval bishop than king! But either way, this is a great dress-up prop.

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Mini Archery

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After way too much fun with our medieval Koala Crate, we needed to continue our exploration of the Middle Ages. This project was too cute for words. Putting it together was mostly a grown-up task, but you’ll love watching your kids imagination go wild as they play with the final product!

To prepare the bow, notch a craft stick on both ends, on each side, for 4 notches total. I was entirely unsure how to go about making the notches, and just slivered into the stick with scissors. This may not have been the safest or best method, but it worked!

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Soak the stick in water for at least one hour to soften the wood.

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Once soft, carefully bend the stick into an arc. Wrap a piece of dental floss a few times through the notches on one end. Stretch the floss taut while curving the bow, and secure through the notches on the other end.

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For completely safe mini arrows, simply snip one tip off of a q-tip.

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Now we needed something to aim at! We cut two circles from poster board (paper plates would work, too), and decorated with a bull’s eye marking. Little poster board strips taped to the back helped them stand upright.

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The mechanics of nocking and launching the q-tips turned out to be quite tough for Travis.

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He loved watching though while we had some family time trying to hit the target. The arrows go quite far!

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As the finishing touch, we needed a quiver for the arrows. I cut a toilet paper tube until it was only a little taller than the q-tips, then wrapped in brown construction paper to cover the bottom and sides. We added a few Sherwood Forest-y decorations, as well as a ribbon handle.

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It turned out the quiver was Travis’s favorite element of the whole game. He loved loading it up with his “arrows” and running around with it…

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… but in full disclosure, he also decided it would be fun to run around naked while doing so. So you’ll have to take my word for it that there was lots of enjoyment going on, but I couldn’t capture photos for the blog!

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