The supplies for this post were provided by Fleuriste Craft Supply. All ideas and opinons are 100% my own.
When my daughter was born I decided to venture into the world of headband making. I may have gotten a wee bit carried away. In fact, I didn’t just drift down the stream of headband making a bit . . . I was yanked forcibly by the current into the middle of the raging river, where I then proceeded to splash about with joy. Not joking, folks. Not at all. Don’t believe me? Check out the search for “baby headband” on my site. I dare ya. There are THREE pages of results. Yeah, some of them are totally random posts that really have nothing to do with baby headbands — weird — but there are actual headband tutorials on all three pages.
Now that my daughter has hair, the fold over elastic headbands don’t look very good anymore. They push her hair up all wonky, so I have had to switch to small clips. Wah-wah. My older niece won’t tolerate my headband, plus her mom isn’t into them like I was, so I stopped making them for her as well. It was a sad, sad day . . . and then, a miracle happened. (Literally, actually.) My sister with profound infertility conceived via the miracle of IVF, and IT IS A GIRL!!!!!!!!! Now I have a teeny tiny little niece with a full head of dark hair who needs headbands from her Aunt Sarah. NEEDS them, I tell you!!
When I first discovered my great obsession with headband making I started shopping on Etsy and discovered Fleuriste Craft Supply. Lo and behold, a few months later I discovered IT IS ONLY FIVE MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!!!! That was a dangerous, dangerous day of discovery, my friends. Very dangerous. (Pssst . . . it’s in the Denver metro area for any of you fellow Coloradans out there.)
I have since developed a relationship with Anna Mack, the awesome owner of Fleuriste (check out her tutorial blog, Way of the Glue Gun). She is great and my kids love to see her dogs when we come in to splurge on new supplies. (Which I NEVER need, by the way. I practically have a store already in my basement!) Anna Mack sent me a surprise box of Halloween goodies, and I had a ball creating Halloween hair accessories with it — big bows for my daughter and headbands for my tiny niece. I set out to make my niece one headband. It didn’t exactly work…. 😉 I don’t have any pictures of her modeling them, sadly, because she lives far away from her snap-happy Aunt Sarah. Maybe I can get some when she visits for Thanksgiving and update the post with some then.
Let me show you how I made a whole mess of accessories in a flash with my fun box of mystery supplies, a hot glue gun, some alligator clips, and some felt stickers I had on hand. (Random, I know.)
Awesome stuff, right?! I am OBSESSED with those fold over elastics! TOO FUN!!! They made it SO simple to create an amazing headband because all you really need is a simple shape or flower to accent the awesome elastic.
When you are making elastic headbands for babies, begin by measuring their little heads. I always subtract two inches from that measurement when cutting fold over elastic. (I only subtract one inch if I am cutting stiffer elastic, such as glitter elastic.)
Now you can HOT GLUE the ends together. SERIOUSLY. I used to sew them until Anna Mack told me not to bother. I’ve been hot gluing ever since without a problem. As always, when working with hot glue be VERY careful not to burn yourself!!
If you want to you can glue a bit of extra elastic wrapping around the two ends just to secure it. I am paranoid, so I often do, but not always.
Now just decide what you want as the accent for the elastic. You may want just a flower, or you may want to use a silly felt sticker like I did. (I peel off the backing, glue it back on so it’s secure, and then glue that to the headband or on top of a flower.) You can layer things directly onto flowers prior to gluing them to a headband or a clip, as shown below. Rhinestones buttons are available at Fleuriste and are particularly elegant if you are looking for a more formal festive look.
Glue the flower or other accessory directly to the elastic. If the flower is large, I would suggest gluing a small circle of felt onto the back so that the headband is “trapped” between the felt and the flower.
You can also glue a clip directly to the flower or accessory. I covered this one in ribbon myself, but the flowers are so big I may not have needed to do so.
All done! Aren’t they cute?!
Super cute. Although not as cute as my model . . .
I made similar crazy-fast Halloween headbands last year with supplies from Fleuriste, expect much more ornate. Check them out HERE.
I hope this post inspires you to create some fantastic, festive Halloween accessories for a little lady in your life, because every little lady needs something spooky-fab to rock this October!
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