When a group of fabulously talented bloggers started discussing the possibility of a Snowflake Craft Themed Linky Party I was immediately drawn in and excited. I tend to skip straight from Christmas to Valentine’s Day in decor, but lately I have been seeing beautiful sparkling winter mantles and wreaths on Pinterest, and I do live in Colorado, after all, so I am in a snowy mood.
I decided to sign up to participate in this wonderful snow themed blog party so that I would have a reason to go stock up on glittering snowflakes at the After-Christmas sales and make some winter wreaths. So I left the kdis with my husband one Friday night and off I went to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.
I entered JoAnn’s planning to make silver and white wreaths. That idea morphed into a blue and white wall hanging. And then, the next thing I knew, I was planning a purple and white winter headband for my baby. Sheesh. I don’t know how it happens, but time after time I end up with more ridiculous headbands for my Little Princess. But, I am pleased that I settled on this project, because I love the outcome of it on her. I’m sorry, but she really does look like an angelic little Snow Princess, does she not?? (The Baby Gap coat doesn’t hurt either. I spotted it when I was pregnant and watched it like a hawk until it was on sale. Swoon.)
Want to make a Romantic Winter Headband for a little Snow Princess in your life? Or even turn it into a pin for yourself! Let’s get started.
1. Gather your supplies. After wandering around JoAnn’s I ended up with quite a few random things. Here is what I actually ended up using: sparkling white glitter tulle, lavender, pink, and silver mesh metallic tulle from the same area of the store (you will need no more than 1/8 yard of each fabric), snowflake sequins, small pastel rhinestones, white felt for the backing, hot glue and a LOW TEMP hot glue gun, and Irridescent White Glimmer Elastic, which I found on Etsy.
2. Cut a strip of purple, a strip of pink, and a strip of silver mesh. Cut a strip of the white glitter tulle that will fold around each color twice. Basically, you want the white glitter tulle to be the main attraction but the colors to peek through. I made each color slightly different in width and length when I cut them so the three rosettes would be slightly different in size. I made the silver one the largest, then the lavender, and then the pink.
3. Carefully fold the white glitter tulle around the strip of colored metallic mesh.
4. Now gently and loosely twist the tulle and mesh. You want it to be big and loose so it’s not a stiff rosette.
5. As you gently twist the tulle and mesh wrap it to be a rosette. Dab hot glue onto the fabric as you go. I am usually impatient and use a high temp hot glue gun, but when you are gluing tulle it is VERY important to use a low temp one. You do not want to melt the tulle, and when you are carefully gluing it together you are likely to get the glue on your fingers. Continue to twist and glue. Do not twist or squeeze the glue too hard or your mesh/tulle with get goopy looking and gross.
6. Finish off your rosette by folding the end of the strip under and gluing it to the bottom of the rosette.
7. Ta-da! Repeat with the other two colors.
8. Lay the flowers out the way that you would like them. Use a light touch when gluing them to a white felt backing, and cut the backing down to hide behind the flowers. Once again, don’t push hard. You do not want the glue coming through the tulle or melting it.
9. Experiment with laying out the snowflake sequins. Gently dab tiny dots of hot glue on the back of each snowflake and gently touch them to the tulle rosettes.
10. Now use tiny dots of hot glue on the back of tiny pastel rhinestones to cover the center holes of the sequins and to add a bit of sparkle.
11. Measure your child’s head and cut your elastic. For slightly stiffer elastic like this I usually only subtract an inch off of the measurement prior to cutting. Now stitch the elastic shut, either by hand or with a sewing machine.
12. Glue the elastic straight to the felt backing of your rosette cluster. Be sure to hide the stitched portion of the elastic behind the rosettes. Cut a small felt strip and glue it on top of the elastic and stretching over it slightly to the felt, sealing the elastic in between the felt layers.
You are done. Isn’t it lovely and romantic? This goofy little gal sure seems to think so!
Now go explore all of the other wonderful snowflake themed crafts and projects. I am so excited about everything that these talented women have dreamed up, and I am truly honored to be able to be counted among them. Let it Snow!