Friday, September 13, 2013

Giant Flower Headband Tutorial

I thought this was a dying trend so I was surprised when my fashionista preteen asked if I can take her shopping for giant flowers for her hair. She wore the flowers last year but had given them up for the suspenders trend... which gave way to the geek glasses trend... both of which went hand in hand with the mustache trend somehow. Now back to flowers? (She recently wore all these things in one outfit... in public.) Anywho... I've gotten so many compliments on my littlest ones flower headbands back before she started tearing her hair apart for fun. I figured this would be a great opportunity to save a buck and share with you how to make your own giant flower headbands.

  I know it's a little crazy to admit... but these headbands were the reason my third baby just had to be a girl. Even if I had been told during our gender determination ultrasound that we were having a boy... there was no way that little boy was going to get out of babyhood without me sneaking at least ONE pic of him in an ultra pretty giant flower headband... and possibly a tutu. (Don't judge me.) But... there was no need for those extreme measures... we were having a girl. It was barely a week later when I sat at my computer ready to make my very first baby girl purchase. These headbands were going for $16-20 each! Yes, they were fabulous but I couldn't justify spending that much on just one headband. Plus, a girl needs choices, ya know? It had been a while since I had done anything crafty... Maybe I could make one!

I made a trip the next morning to the closest Dollar Tree. Jackpot! They sell peony and a variety of other flower bushes with 5 to 6 stems for $1 each! The plan to make one headband went out the window. I stocked up on different colors and flowers... made a stop at Walmart for the rest of my supplies and got to work. Here I was barely 4.5 months pregnant and popping these babies out (no pun intended) in every color I could think of. I wanted a giant flower headband to match every possible outfit she may have. Today we have a little girl with a very impressive collection of giant flower headbands all made by mommy... and a Giants jersey purchased by daddy.

 
Now I wouldn't suggest these headbands for everyday use. In my case I was afraid doing so would eventually cause a bald spot or obstruct the little ones view while she develops her peripheral vision. (Yes, this is how my mind works.) They're great as a finishing touch to those thought out outfits and they're an especially adorable accessory for photo ops.

Here's what you'll need to make your own giant flower headband:


  • Flower (I like the puffier, fuller look so I doubled up on my flowers)
  • Gem, button or beads for the center of your flower
  • Glue gun
  • 2 felt circles
  • Elastic band
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread

Step 1: Take your flowers apart & remove all the
 hard plastic pieces parts.

Step 2: Using a small dab of glue in the center of each layer of petals, reassemble your flower. Press down and hold until glue dries & each layer is securely glued down. (Otherwise our pretty headband won't make it down the street.) Remember, for a fuller looking flower you can double or even triple up on your petals.

Step 3. Glue your gem to the center of your flower. (You may choose to use buttons or jeweled centers that can be sown down for extra security. These pieces are a potential choking hazard so I def like to put extra attention into seeing that these pieces cannot be pulled off easily.)

Step 4. Cut elastic band to desired size. (I measured using the actual head I intend to make it for... But they're stretchy so it's almost sorta a one size fits all deal after a year old) Sew the ends together securely. 

Step 5. Glue felt circle to back of flower. 

Step 6. Glue elastic band and remaining felt circle to back of flower. Press and hold for a few minutes to secure.

And you're done! You're headband is ready to wear and sure to impress!

 
Here's a few of my fave shots of my girls wearing their flowers...
 


2 comments:

  1. Ohh that is so adorable! So funny but i always wondered how to do this! Im gonna try this out in the future definitely !

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  2. Yay! Post pics when you do Mina! =D

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