Crown of Love

A video tutorial.

Meadham Kirchhoff, and Petra's photos and crowns.

Last month we got together for an afternoon of crown-making inspired by Petra’s crowns, which are inspired by Meadham Kirchhoff’s crowns, and documented it all with this DIY video. We realized it’s pretty self explanatory, but maybe this can be of some help anyway! Plus, it makes it seem like Rookie operates from a magical house in which pretty girls are always walking around playing with cats, which we are totally OK with.

You’ll need:
Junk (fake flowers, pipe cleaners, figurines, bedazzles, ribbons, ET CETERA FOREVER AND EVER)
Glue gun + glue sticks
Hot chocolate

Random things to remember:
If you decorate it too far down the stuff will touch your ear.
Glue the spot on the headband before putting down whatever decoration.
Clip off a bit of the fake flower stems, but not so far that the petals detach from it.
It’s better to have lots of glue and be safe and a little gooey than not enough to hold the crown together for very long.

Here are the photos we took with the final products on our pal Annie.

Video shot by Avery Hunsberger. Animation and editing by Rivkah. Music by Stealing Sheep. Thanks to Hannah for letting us use her apartment and for being in the video, Julia for being in the video and her moral support through this rough endeavor of ours, and Annie for not being creeped out when Tavi chased her down in a store to ask if she would look all angelic for Petra’s camera.

If you end up making your own crown, send us a photo at!


  • darksideoftherainbow October 24th, 2011 7:10 PM

    this is so beautiful! i’m totally gonna make these with my niece! thanks! oh…i’m totally going to lay everything out on the floor so my cats can roll around on it so it can be even MORE fun! you guys rock

  • Veganpop October 24th, 2011 7:10 PM

    You answer all of my DIY needs. Now I just need the courage to actually attempt one.

  • Emma S. October 24th, 2011 7:17 PM

    Ask and you shall receive! (See my comment on last post.) Excellent work! Off to make some crowns now.

  • moonchild October 24th, 2011 7:31 PM

    Oh my goodness. Rookie, I love you so much. DIYs feed my soul and this DIY left me happily full.

    Thank you.

  • moonchild October 24th, 2011 7:33 PM

    I wish I had friends to do artsy DIYs with. (Don’t worry imaginary friends– I still love you)

  • JordyCatalano October 24th, 2011 7:35 PM

    Hmm, I think mine will be Hole-inspired (hole-spired?) and I’ll use tons of sweethearts candy and beads with letters and such. This was pretty neat. Thanks!

  • Naomi Morris October 24th, 2011 7:40 PM

    petra’s trousers!! sorry, pants i mean! those cats!!! i want to live in this video

  • Kathryn October 24th, 2011 7:52 PM

    Rookie posts the best diys!
    I agree with you, moonchild, on that one! I guess I will just have to make crafts all on my lonesome since I don’t have a cat, just a very rambunctious dog who would want to eat my crown.

  • Jamie October 24th, 2011 8:04 PM

    i thought the voice of petra would sound like sprinkles being sprinkled or someone spraying loves baby soft in slow motion or sofia coppola’s etherial farts or something but she just sounds like A NORMAL GIRL.

    so reassuring. i was scared she was perfectly magical in every way or something.

    • Petra October 24th, 2011 11:12 PM

      hahaha you caught me….i’m not a fairy – not to mention how low my voice is….

  • Hazel October 24th, 2011 8:18 PM

    This is just so goodgoodgoodgoood.

  • celestica October 24th, 2011 9:27 PM

    is it by chance this annie?:

  • Hunter October 24th, 2011 9:46 PM

    Damn I wish I was a super 70′s princess babe like Petra

    now off to make a crown HA

    • Petra October 24th, 2011 11:14 PM

      awww thanks just died at that compliment – 70s babe = life goal. Have fun with the crowns!

  • Rhianna October 24th, 2011 10:03 PM

    I have wanted one of these crowns ever since I saw the picture of the multi-coloured floral one Tavi posted on her blog when she went to see RHPS.
    There is this incredible shop in London which sells all wonderful beads and charms and kawaii stuff which would be perfect ect /~* Sensitive Teenage Problems*~\
    I am legitimately willing to travel 211 miles tomorrow to get the things for this damn crown even if it kills me.

  • Marie October 24th, 2011 10:05 PM


  • marimba_girl October 24th, 2011 10:33 PM

    So fantastic!!!!! Love the awesome ideas, but I might go more monochromatic and darker with mine (black roses, dark green leaves, and black glitter). I especially love how I can rock the look with my super-short-and-awesome- fauxhawked-hair!!!!! Most magazines *cough*seventeen*cough* don’t even consider that some girls have hair too short to braid or whatever. Lovely beats too, what are the names of the songs in the vid?

    P.S. I want those pants!

    • Anaheed October 24th, 2011 10:52 PM

      The names of the songs:

      1. “The Mountain Dogs”
      2. “I Am the Rain”
      3. “Noah’s Days”

  • ayayay October 24th, 2011 11:11 PM

    annie! i know her

  • Suzette October 24th, 2011 11:55 PM

    Can I just live in this video??? Ugh. Also, Petra, your hair is absolutely beautiful!

  • Katie October 25th, 2011 12:05 AM

    Well now I know what I’m doing this weekend.

    All I need is a cat.

  • stellar October 25th, 2011 12:13 AM


  • Helena October 25th, 2011 4:44 AM

    That glue gun is pink!!!<3 mine is just blue….
    Love the DiY!!!!

  • Helena October 25th, 2011 4:45 AM

    BTW, petra’s hair is just so amazing, you should do a diy of her hair!

    • Anaheed November 22nd, 2011 10:51 AM

      Agreed. But I’m afraid the steps would just be

      1. Be Petra.
      2. Grow perfect hair out of your head.

  • Bardot October 25th, 2011 5:01 AM

    Petra your outfit is amazing! And so is this video, so inspiring! Thanks gals xoxo

  • kittenmix October 25th, 2011 5:19 AM

    So weird hearing people’s voices who I follow on the internetz because I always assume they will have an Australian accent ( sound exactly like me) and when they don’t i just i i IFREAKOUTOHMYGODITSTOOMUCHFORMYFEEBLEHUMANBRAIN

  • Terry October 25th, 2011 7:02 AM

    Fine: I’m too old to wear a tiara in public, but there’s no reason why I shouldn’t make one with my 3-year-old daughter, right?

    • Petra October 25th, 2011 4:05 PM

      you are never too old! make one for both of you! i want to see photos!

  • October 25th, 2011 10:25 AM

    I’ve always liked these head-pieces, so it’s great that I now know how to make them! Thanks, Rookie :-)

  • C.M. October 25th, 2011 11:42 AM

    “All those quirky, put-a-bird-on-it stores…”

  • Harriet October 25th, 2011 12:24 PM

    Oh my gosh Tavi you have such a nice voice!

  • RockHatesMiriam October 25th, 2011 2:00 PM

    OMG I’m literally running to my nearest haberdashery tomorrow to get the stuff for this crown ;)
    I’m gonna try and put plastic dolls house furniture on mine. Thanks Rookie for another inspiring post, love you guys <3

  • spacemadness October 25th, 2011 3:33 PM

    I love this!! Who doesn’t want to be a princess with a crown???? Tavi, you sound exactly like Ellen Paige!!!! It’s crazy similar! Love you Rookie, I read everyday :D

  • Maialuna October 25th, 2011 10:30 PM

    You, with those pants. Yeah, those awesome ones. They’re amazing.

  • amythecat October 30th, 2011 10:09 PM

    made mine and submitted a pic! can’t wait to find somewhere to wear it.

  • Cosmo Beatrix October 31st, 2011 7:17 AM

    Petras outfit is awesome!!
    Does she (you? i don’t know who i am directing this to ahhhh) use a develope camera or digital and whichever answer, what make?
    This video post is one of the best so far and whoever made the actual video is pretty awesome at ..making videos !!

  • Pocket Cow November 22nd, 2011 10:42 AM

    My friends and I are going to do this for my birthday party (and also make gingerbread houses!) Picture will exists in due time.

    • Anaheed November 22nd, 2011 10:50 AM

      Send us the pictures please!

  • McKinley J. April 22nd, 2012 8:15 PM

    My sister and I tried these today, and they were so fun to make, and turned out great!