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How To Make An Infant of Prague Crown

"The More You Honor Me, The More I Will Bless You"

See Also: Devotions to the Infant of PragueThe Original Infant of Prague and His Vestments 

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Intrinsic to the devotion of the Infant of Prague is the understanding that we honor the Infant King. God became Man and as King of Kings, even as an Infant, He ruled among us. American readers, in general, do not have much of a grasp on the concept of royalty, since our nation was founded on the rejection of fealty to a titular head. Nonetheless, if we are to revere Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords, King of Kings, it is necessary to attempt to understand the sense of loyalty and deference given to Kings.

Almost all civilizations had a monarchy, at the head is a King whose lineage confers supreme sovereignty. Jesus, as God, is the Son of the Creator of the universe and, as Man, he is a descendant of the royal line of David and thus his lineage is impeccable.

The ancient peoples were dependant on their kings for protection and for their every need and so good Kings were viewed as benevolent individuals from whom all good things flowed. A king is just and establishes the law that ensured the welfare of society. Divine intervention was also seen as an aspect of kingship in that their authority as monarchs came from God, and in some instances that concept went awry the the king assuming the status of a god himself as we see in Egyptian and Mayan civilizations.

In Incarnation of Our Lord, we see all of these aspects. He is the benevolent King, the just King, the One who establishes the law. It is through Divine Intervention that He assumes His Kingship as True Man, True God. 

The birth of a child to a just and benevolent ruling monarch was a time for great rejoicing in the Kingdom. It was inevitable that the good king would eventually age and die. An heir to the throne was an assurance to the people that the Kingdom would go on, they would be safe and their needs would be met. "The King is dead! Long live the King!" takes on new meaning when we think of Our Lord, Who was born among us, died, rose from the dead and reigns forever in Heaven.

The Infant King Jesus is revered as the One who has come to make all things new. The embodiment of Love Itself, He allows us to approach Him with confidence. His Little Heart yearns to make us happy, as any good child would do.

Kings everywhere lived lives of luxury and dressed in magnificent robes and donned costly jeweled crowns as evidence of the power of their kingdoms. Although Our Lord chose to be born into poverty, through His Death and Resurrection, He has been transformed into Glory.

It is then fitting that the King of Kings should be crowned with the finest gold and jewels. Recently Pope Benedict XVI presented a crown to the Infant King, Jesus of Prague to honor His Kingship and by example, instruct the faithful in the fitting way to honor Him.

While most of us cannot afford to adorn our Infant of Prague with a crown of gold and costly jewels, we can make Him an offering of love by creating a crown with the work of our hands. I hope this page will prove helpful to you and invite reader's ideas.

Method One: The Lace Crown

Many devotees of the Infant of Prague complain about the crown scratching the paint from the Infant's head. I do, however, wonder why they're taking the crown on an off so much, but it is a legitimate concern. 

The perfect solution is a no-scratch crown made of lace. It imitates the filigree of metal crowns and is so easy to make you can easily create an entire wardrobe of crowns.

What You'll Need:

 

Lace with Pointy Peaks

 

Gold Metallic Paint (optional)

 

Fabric Stiffener

 

Glue Dots

or

Quick Dry Tacky Glue

 

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You will want to find lace that is at least 3" wide and that has peaks imitating a crown. It doesn't matter what color it is since one of the options is to spray paint or brush paint it gold.  The best type to use is Venise lace as it has more interesting details. If you live near a large fabric store you may be able to find some, but the best to look is on eBay.

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If you're lucky, you can find some nice metallic gold lace and skip the painting step. I got mine on eBay.

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Below are photos of the type of lace you'll want to experiment with.

Step One:  Take your lace and measure it around your Infant's head. Add one motif section. Snip. Carefully overlap the last two motifs and attach with lots of glue dots (easiest method for me) or Fast Drying Tacky Glue. Step Two:  Place your crown on a protected surface and spray liberally, inside and out, with fabric stiffener. Don't worry about it looking whitish. It will dry clear. May as well make a few. Set them aside to dry. Step Three:  If your lace needs to be painted, now is the time to do it. I recommend a very shiny 24kt spray, but you can also use a brush on paint. Put it over some wax paper so it doesn't stick. Paint a few more little sections to use as ribs later on.
Step Four:  Embellish away!  You can use a tacky glue to attach the gems, but I find that it slips and have used glue dots with great success. Use jewels in a single tone to go with a particular vestment set, or mix them to your heart's content. Speaking of hearts, you can use heart shaped jewels or add a sparkling crystal cut Cross.

Step Five:  At this point, you can leave the crown as a diadem or attach ribs. I used the lace at the far right and snipped out little motifs to make the ribs. Put a glue dot on the bottom front and press firmly to the inside of the crown. Repeat as needed. Then with more glue dots, joint the points at the top.

Step Six: Prop up the center with whatever you have on hand and spray with more fabric stiffener. When it is dry, you can attach a cross at the top if you wish or just leave it as is.  You may also want to put in a fabric insert to match your vestments.

Fast - Easy - Fit for a King!

Here are some examples of the Crowns I've made. All can be fit with fabric to match your vestments. All are for sale at $20 each plus $4 shipping.
 

This Crown has four ribs and features a jeweled Cross in the front and a variety of aurora blue toned jewels which are perfect to match vestments for a Marian Feast.

 

 

 

Fits an 16-18" Statue

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This Crown has four ribs and features a Cross in purple aurora crystal and a variety of purple aurora jewels in various tones and sizes.

Purple is the color of royalty and this crown is perfect for Lent and Advent use.

Fits a 16-18" statue

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This Crown has five ribs and features a crystal Cross with five deep red drops in honor of the Five Wounds of Our Lord's Passion.

It is embellished with several sizes of deep ruby red jewels and will fit a 24" Infant

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This Crown has four ribs and features larger jewels and a blue crystal star on the front. There is also a ring of ruby red jewels all around the bottom and multi-colored jewels above.

It will fit a 16-18" Infant

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This Crown has four ribs and is completely covered in multi-colored faceted jewels.

Will fit a 16-18" Infant

$20 - Buy Now

Method Two: Making a Crown Using Beading Techniques

This Crown has eight ribs and is made with high quality gold color filigree beads and gold metal wrapped ruby red beads.

Will fit a 14-18" Infant of Prague

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This is a more time consuming method, but I find that I can never "just sit" and watch television or a movie with my family. I need to be doing something.

 You'll need jewelry wire, a variety of beads, velvet or satin to match your vestments, and a bit of stuffing to fluff it up.

(I used too much on this one and need to remove some so it sits better on His head!)

Start by measuring around your Infant's head with the jeweler's wire and then add 2".  Snip. Made two. For this crown, I used two rings of very small gold beads, then positioning them over one another, I wove in a line of gold filigree beads. There are eight ribs on this one. The ribs are long and go from side to side. I started with two small beads, then alternated a filigree and a deep ruby jewel encased in gold. At the top, I added a small cross with a red jewel at the tip. The last step is to cut fabric to fill in the gaps. In this case, I used a deep burgundy red that compliments the jewels. Stuff with batting or gift tissue and overlap the ends under the crown and glue with tacky glue. You'll find that you'll need to slightly bend the ribs to get them back into alignment when you're done.

 

Reader Suggestions and Ideas
Jan, who makes beautiful vestments and is passionate about crowns, suggests different crown insert ideas.

The first is simple: A circle stuffed with tissue paper. She suggests using a pie plate to make a circle of the correct size.

(My note: measure from the top point of the crown down to the bottom edge. Add a 1/4" for a hem to prevent fraying. To draw the circle, you can tie the correct length of yarn to two pencils making sure the length between the two is correct - a homemade protractor. Place one in the center and use the other to draw the circle around it on a piece of newspaper or grocery bag.)

Her second idea is a pleated circle. Use the same technique as the first, but to reduce the edge size to better fit your crown, See below.

 

 

The most tailored idea has a pattern that you'll find helpful. See below. Start by making a large circle. In the center make a smaller circle that is the circumference of your crown. Cut out wedges and sew right sides together. The seams will be hidden by the ribs of the crown.

Jan uses paper thin gold binding at the bottom to prevent fraying and this also provides extra gold to show through the rim.

Jan has also developed a simple method for preventing scratching from metal crowns. It consists of metallic braid attached to binding that fits inside the crown. It extends 1/4" below the crown and might even cover existing scratches. It blends nicely with the gold band and actually makes the crown more stable. Here's how:

 1. Stitch binding tape to crown through the metal filigree of the crown band with metallic thread. 

2. Apply binding with double faced tape to inside crown band if crown is solid.

3. Mark where you are going to cut off excess.

4. 1/8 to 1/4 inch before your mark, wrap metallic thread tightly around braid only and knot, to keep braid from unraveling .  The other end will already have threat tied around braid.

5. Cut braid and binding tape where marked so ends of braid meet and binding overlaps. (Other end will have binding slightly longer so it can overlap).

6. Stitch ends of binding tape together.. Stitch braid together with a couple of stitches horizontally.

Once ends are sewn together it can be used with or without being attached to the crown as the statue will keep it in place.  She prefers to leave mine stitched to the crown.  Looks good on any sized crown. 

 

Terrific ideas! Thank you, Jan!

You can always find a variety of vintage crowns on eBay. Here are a few.   Click Here to See What's Available This Week

Gilded Crown from Prague

Filigree Infant of Prague Crown

French Rhinestone Crown

Ethnika has several antique and precious metal crowns available as pictured below.   Click here to see them all

 

Coming Soon: 

Making a Metal Crown from Filigree Jewelry Findings

Making a Crown Using Decorative Metallic Trim and Jewels