Getting Crafty with the Kids: Holiday Headbands

                        

A few weeks ago my mom, the girls and I wandered around a farmer’s market filled with arts and crafts. I love searching shows such as this for unique Christmas gift ideas and potential craft projects. We scored big when we turned a corner and found handmade headbands!

Think sparkly for Christmas and glittery for girls. Think fabric wrapped with wrapped flowers (I’ll do this at a future time and post.)

My daughters LOVED them, and I did, too, until she told me the price…$12-$25!

I know I’m thrifty, but twelve bucks for a headband? Nah, couldn’t do it.

So the crafty thrifty side of me pulled my mother and daughters aside and said, “We can MAKE that for much less!”

So, this weekend, we did.

If you have girls, nieces or even friends who love to wear headbands, these DIY headbands are easy to make, super cute, can be any color you want them to be. They also make perfect gifts. Plus they won’t break the bank. My girls are even making a few for gifts to give their friends this Christmas.

Total craft time was about half an hour per headband. Older kids (I’d say three to four and up) can help with certain parts of this craft.  Mine did most of it, but they are 6 and 8. Younger kids can put together the top part and assist with wrapping the headband.

I purchased the supplies at Michael’s (half off coupon and discounts on Christmas decorations), the Dollar Tree and JoAnn fabric shop (another coupon).  The girls assisted with every step of the headband and, for the first time ever, I let them each hot glue a piece of fabric. Needless to say I used my own fingertips to push the fabric down once glued and, in the process, lost a lot of skin! But the finished product was worth the pain, I suppose.

You’ll Need

  • Headbands (package of these is about $1.50-$1.75 in stores like Michaels, JoAnn and Wal-Mart; you can find them for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Color and whether they have ‘teeth’ or not doesn’t matter since you’ll be covering them in fabric)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Ribbon, half an inch wide, to cover the headband
  • Holiday decorations such as snowflakes, angels, bells, holly

To Make

1.   Place a dab of glue on the edge of the ribbon. On one side of the underside of the headband, about ¼ of an inch up, press the ribbon against the glue and hold until it dries. Then fold in the excess fabric and glue inward, as though you are wrapping a present. 

2.  Flip the headband over. 

3.  Wrap the ribbon around the headband, overlapping so none of the headband shows. You will want to make sure the ribbon is tight around the headband so it doesn’t gape open when finished. The girls wrapped the headband while I held the ribbon on with my thumb to ensure it stayed tight. To make this step easier, you may want to cut the ribbon off of the spool, making sure you give yourself plenty of ribbon so you don’t wind up short before you finish the project. 

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4.  When you get to the other side, you will finish off the headband the way you started, by dabbing glue on the underside, folding the excess that hangs off the edges in, and holding until it is dry.

 5. Use the decorations you purchased to spruce up the headbands. I found the glittery snowflakes at the Dollar Tree and some foam stickers to place on top of those at the craft store. I had the girls try on their headbands prior to placing the decorations, so we knew where they would be located once they were glued on.

Have you made your own hair accessories because you found it a cheaper option than purchasing them? 

Photos Courtesy Kathy Murdock 

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Getting Crafty with the Kids: Holiday Headbands

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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