You know, I thought I was relatively fashionable, but it seems maybe I am not. My cousin’s birthday party is tomorrow and I have just been stumped all week trying to think of a cute-little-something to gift her. I know what *I* like… but alas, she is half my age. Which makes me not want to say which birthday this is… but I doubt this young lady is going to pass for 12.
Yeah. Happy 16th Birthday, Morgan. :)
Now since I’m such a fan of embellishment, and Miss Morgan has such gorgeous hair, I came to the conclusion that maybe she could use some sassy headbands. This is one of a few little girly things I’m putting into her craft-tastic birthday basket. In case she peeks at my post yet today, this is all I’m going to show off for now!
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Now I like the baby trend out there with the interchangeable bands-and-bows. My daughter has about six thousand bows (yeah, that probably tells you a lot about me right there). I also like the idea that if I’m terribly misguided on my idea of just what a lovely young lady might enjoy, interchangeable clippies can still go into ponytails or be fastened onto just about anything. Flexibility as always a good quality when you really don’t have a good grasp of someone else’s style (despite stalking their facebook all afternoon for ideas – yes, dear, that was me).
Sassy Interchangeable Headband
Time: One hour for a basic band and a couple clippies. But once you get going, you will probably want to keep making stuff – fair warning.
Supplies for the band:
- One ladies’ headband
- A few inches of coordinating ribbon
- Hot glue gun
Additional supplies for various clippies:
- Alligator clips (available at beauty supply stores or most craft stores)
- Felt for securing the clips with hot glue
- Scraps of fabric, coordinating ribbon, buttons, beads, yarn, etc.
I will show you a couple of the clippies I whipped up, but the possibilites are really endless. Any embellishment can work, as long as your trusty glue gun has plenty of glue and you can attach an alligator clip.
Now on to the fun part.
As I was digging into my supplies (because responsible mamas promise their husbands that they will try to use up what they already have), I found a couple pink rosettes leftover from a previous project. I thought the two of them paired together would make a nice clip. Here’s a photo from when I made them (note, the glue is plenty dry by now). :P
Now I really don’t know what colors Morgan favors, so I went to work with what I had close-to hand. I whipped up another fabric rosette in orange, because they’re quick and easy and I JUST LOVE THEM. For some added color depth, I also added a few two-inch scraps of a lighter shade of orange onto my strip as I twisted and wound it.
Next I thought I’d try a different style. This one is my favorite. For this flower (ok, apparently I really just like flowers) you need 2 sizes of circles. I like to use a cup to trace – the mouth is bigger than the base, so that gives me 2 sizes.
I really don’t know what size circles, maybe like 3″ and 4″? I did 3 of the bigger ones in different shades, and 4 smaller. I also use a fabric-covered button for the center (I love, LOVE covering buttons. It’s ridiculous, really.)
Now, I trim the circles down into 8 petals. My camera didn’t like the lighting in my kitchen (sorry mamas, it’s just been too hot for me to open the blinds on those west-facing windows in the evenings!) so I will show you where I made my cuts:
Then I rounded each end of the 8 petals. I stacked up the big ones on top of each other. I only wanted the red to just peek through, so I put it in the middle.
Then, cover the whole piece of felt with glue, and glue it to the felted backside of your flower.
Did you make any of these? I’d love to see them, send me your links!! Maybe you can give me some ideas and inspiration!