June 2023 - Pride Celebration Crown
Guess what? It's time for Pride Month!
It's one of our favorite times of the year, and not just because it is Reading Time's anniversary. Pride is all about celebrating individuality and community, learning to be who we are and remembering our strength in numbers. It is a time to remember our history and a time to reorient. The best part is that we can do it all together, having fun in the sun by listening to beautiful music, listening to inspirational speeches, and marching with friends!
In conjunction with the Pride-themed books that we are reading this month at Southeastern-Idaho Pride (Pocatello) and Idaho Falls Pride, our craft will be teaching us all about the history and colors of Pride! You'll be making a crown to wear during the festival with the colors of a Pride flag, either the original 1978 Gilbert Baker flag, or one of many that have been made since then!
🏳️🌈 Pride Celebration Crown 🏳️🌈
WHAT YOU NEED:
🌈 Pipe cleaners
🌈 Poster Board
🌈 Glitter stickers & Gems
Step 1: Cut a two-inch wide strip of poster board that is long enough to wrap around your head. This one was about 22 inches long.
Step 2: Choose nine pipe cleaner sticks, any colors that you’d like. Use scissors to cut to the proper lengths. The top loop is 12 inches (the whole stick), the middle loop is 10 inches, and bottom loop is 6 inches (half a stick).
Step 3: Lay the paper strip flat, the inside facing up. Grab the 12-inch pipe cleaner stick and place one end at the bottom of the paper strip, then tape it down. Form an arch by taping the other side down, keeping the two ends a few inches apart. This allows space for the middle and bottom pieces. Repeat the process for the middle loop, then the bottom loop. Use your fingers to adjust the loops to the shape of your liking. Create three groups of three loops around the crown.
Step 4: Turn the paper strip over and use stickers & gems to decorate.
Step 5: Have a helper wrap the paper strip around your head and tape the two ends together (very securely) to form a crown.
The cool thing about this craft is that you can do whatever colors you want! You can make a traditional rainbow, or you can learn about a different identity by making the colors of that flag! Here are a couple interesting options with short explanations of each flag!
You can find more about different Pride flags HERE.
This year we will be attending two Pride festivals! You can find us at:
Southeastern-Idaho Pride is at Caldwell Park this year. We will have a booth on Saturday the 17th starting at 9am. You can find more information on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/southeasternidahopride
Idaho Falls Pride is at the Greenbelt Stage this year. We will have a booth on Saturday the 24th starting at 10am. You can find more information on their website.
Reading Time with the Queens is committed to providing safe, family-oriented spaces and programming in Southeast Idaho. Please stay up to date this Pride season on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You'll find our performance times as soon as they are available, as well as a new Pride Bonus Book on our YouTube channel on June 10th! Happy Pride! Have a safe, happy, and queer month!