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Today I wanted to share some really cute hair bands that I made for my girls a while back. Unfortunately for me, they don’t like wearing them, but I can’t stop making them, as they are SO easy and inexpensive to make.
Hmmmm… maybe a giveaway from this crazy amount of hair bands I’m accumulating is in the near future. ☺
So, the worst thing about hair bands is that they poke into the side of your ears, give you a headache and really can only be worn for a few hours at a time. I really wanted to come up with a way to make them pain free and still adorable.
So gather some supplies.
Next take your flower and turn it over. Usually they will have a little foliage base like this green one. I take it off, because you can’t see it anyways once you’re finished, and it just adds bulk to the hair band.
Next push the petals of the flower down as far as they will go, exposing the little green stem.
You want to cut off as much of the stem as possible so that your flower will lie flat once it’s attached to your hair band.
I like to take a dab of hot glue here to just hold the petals all together, since we just cut off their support system. Try to get it right into the hole where the stem was.
Next, take your elastic (I used thin baby elastic for mine, you can find it at any fabric store or maybe even Wal-Mart) and measure around your child’s head. You want it a little bit stretched, but not so much that it will be tight and hurt. My girls who are 4 and 7 use about 12 inches of elastic. I also can wear them comfortably too.
Next glue one end just slightly off center of the hole in the middle.
(In case just can’t leave the glue to set, because you’re impatient like me, and you touch it before it cools, don’t worry if the back here looks like a mess, as mine does, we’ll fix that right up.)
Take the other end of the elastic, making sure it’s not twisted, and glue it slightly over the top or bottom of the last piece.
Next take your scrap of felt and cut a circle just smaller then the circumference of your flower. (big words, hey!)
Glue it to the back of your flower to keep the elastic secure and your little ones noggin soft and comfy.
And there you have it. An adorable hair band that cost less than .50 to make.
My less than willing subject agreed to let me take a few pictures of some of the different styles of hair bands I’ve made.
Here’s the green one you just saw.
And a double flower hair band.
Then I took a bow and did the same thing, minus the felt backing.
From there I started using some fabric to make these sweet little discs that are becoming very popular.
And that was about all she would do. But you get the idea, the rest are just more of the same.
To make the fabric discs above is SOOOO simple. I can make one in about 2 minutes, start to finish. All you need for this is a strip of fabric. About 1-2 inches wide and anywhere from 24-48 inches long. The bigger the circle disc you want to make the longer your fabric has to be.
I like to tear my fabric so the edges are frayed. Gives it a more rustic look.
Next take trace a circle onto your felt scrap.
And cut it out. You can always make your circle bigger and trim it down if you find it’s getting too big. (and don’t worry about the pen lines, you won’t see them when we are done)
Next take your fabric strip and tie a knot in one end.
Glue the knot onto the center of the felt circle.
Take your fabric and start twisting it until it’s pretty tight.
Then start winding the twisted fabric around the knot. Hot gluing it down every once and a while.
Keep going until you used all your fabric, or it’s the right size that you want it to be. When you get to the end, just tuck and glue the end under and you’re done.
I’ve seen these discs glued onto shirts, shoes, made into necklaces. I saw the original idea for these on Etsy, but I can’t find the seller to give credit. :(
Here’s one last picture of some discs that I’ve done. I’m making this into a necklace to match a yellow pair of shoes that I got at Value Village, but I’m not quite finished it yet. But you can really see the winding process in some of these fabrics.
So there you go. Sorry this post got soooo long. A lovely little, tiny reminder to VOTE FOR ME today. You can everyday. I’m sorry, but you do need a facebook account to do it. And thanks again for everyone that has taken the time to do so! ♥