I have a confession. I am obsessed with headbands and hair clips! My obsession started before Julia was born. I wanted her to look like a little girl from day one! As a twin, I also wanted her to be her own little person and not be compared to her brother (because let’s be honest, for the first few months it can be difficult to tell the gender of a baby). So, I started making over the top headbands! To this day, I make headbands and hair clips. I wanted to make Julia several headbands for Easter, her birthday, and just because I love to accessorize her outfits!
Silk Flowers (Walmart)
Spritz Gift Bow ($.30 on clearance at Target as of 4/16/14)
Broken or old jewelry (Free!)
Rose Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
Cream Stretch Ribbon or Headband (Hobby Lobby)
Simplicity Pink Stretch Ribbon (Michael’s)
Glue Gun (Michael’s)
Glue Sticks (Michael’s)
Jewelry cutting material or Henckels’ Scissors
FIRST DIY HEADBAND:
First things first, take the cream stretch ribbon and wrap it around your little one’s head to get the right length. Cut the ribbon just a little shorter than the length you measured so it will fit well. Add a dot of hot glue to the end of one side of the ribbon and then press the other end on top. Do not put the headband on your little one until glue is completely dried or you may have another DIY project on your hand called Cut Glue Out of Hair DIY. If you disregard my warning and find your child with a bald spot, carry on with creating your headband and after completion, strategically place the floral part of the headband over said bald spot!
Arrange the Spritz gift bow flower petals so they are flat and evenly distributed. Then, hot glue top layer of petals to under layer; hot gluing all petals will take away the flower appearance.
I had an old vintage rhinestone bracelet that was missing stones, but I held onto it for DIY projects just like this one! Choose a section of the bracelet with all the rhinestones intact and cut out whatever shape you want. I didn’t realize until after I cut the section out that it formed a cross! Love it!
Play around with the placement of your rhinestones before you hot glue them to your flower. If you want to move them after gluing, you will damage the stones and petals. Only make a thin line of hot glue down the center of the flower. Place the rhinestones on top and press. Do not press too hard or the glue will come up in between the stones. Then, place very small dots of glue under different rhinestones to secure them in place.
Remove the backing from the Spritz gift bow to make the surface flat to glue to hair clip or headband. I chose to glue the flower to a small hair clip so it could be used as both a hair clip and headband. When I want to use it as a headband, all I need to do is clip it to the headband. If you plan on doing the same, make sure you use a small hair clip, not a large clip. Larger clips are heavier and will pull the flower forward rather than laying flat against your little one’s head.
Clip to the headband and you are ready to accessorize your little one!
SECOND DIY HEADBAND:
Take the pink Simplicity stretch ribbon and wrap it around your little one’s head to get the right length. Cut the ribbon just a little shorter than the length you measured so it will fit well.
Add a dot of hot glue to the end of one side of the ribbon and then press the other end on top. Do not put the headband on your little one until glue is completely dried! Review disclaimer above of what happens if you do not let glue dry fully.
Cut the majority of the black backing from the silk flower, leaving only a small square on the backside of the flower. You will use the black felt backing as the pad to hot glue to the headband.
Hot glue the silk flower on top of the seam of your pink headband. The flower will hide the seam. After glue has dried, take the gold leaf pendant and glue to headband. Make sure the leaf is base is hidden under the flower.
This headband does not take long to make! Time to accessorize!
THIRD DIY HEADBAND:
The rose ribbon headband takes literally 3 minutes to make! Measure the ribbon to the length of your little one’s head and then ADD 1/4 inch! The ribbon is not elastic so you do not want to shorten the length like the other headbands. Apply a large dot of hot glue onto the extra 1/4 of ribbon. Press the other end on top and let glue dry.
Quick, simple, and beautiful! Time to accessorize!