Sunday, April 5, 2009

Flower Fairy Headbands: A Tutorial

My two little girls are pretty darned fanciful, and playing at being fairies is common in our house. Of course, being a fellow fairy lover, I'm always more than happy to feed their fanciful imaginations and creative play. I whipped up these little Flower Fairy headbands in only about 20 minutes, and the grand total spent on supplies (with tons more left over for other headbands and craft projects) was $6.

So here is a little tutorial to share, for those of you who have flower fairies of your own.

Step One: Gather your materials

(I bought mine as a set of 6 adult black elastic headbands from Target for about $3)

- Silk flower bunches

I bought two different kinds, one with large flowers
and one with bunches of small flowers
($1 a bunch from Michaels craft shop)

-Stick on rhinestones

($1 a package at Michaels crafts, or else look in the scrapbooking section)

-Hot glue gun

-thread and needle

-circle/oval of felt
I chose dark brown and cut it to be about
2 inches long and 1 inch wide

Step Two: Pick the flowers and leaves off the bunches

Step Three: Stick the rhinestones to the flowers
- looks best on the little flower bunches
The glue that is on the back of the stick-on rhinestones is pretty darned strong, once it has set about 20 minutes... but if you have a kid who is prone to chewing things and choking,
don't give them one of these headbands. Not toddler safe.

Step Four: If using a large flower, sew the bottom petals to the plastic stem
If you don't sew them together, the middle will most likely
pop off and the petals will all fall apart

Step Five: Sew the leaf to the felt, then sew the felt to the headband
Your stitches don't need to be perfect.
Just make sure it is a tight fit and that you can cover the
stitches with your flower placement.

Step Six: Attach silk flowers to felt and leaves with hot glue

for flowers with layered petals, be sure to add a dot of glue at the base where each petal meets, so that it can have extra strength.

And voila... you are done.

of course, you can't have flower fairies without garden dancing...

and of course, you can't have a photo shoot involving Annelie, without at least one picture where she makes her trademark Annelie face.

I'd love to know if you try this tutorial out and make some headbands for your own fairies.



Momma J said...

Thank you for sharing, and I just love your little fairies!

Natalie said...

Thanks for this! We're coming back after a long period of ripping out hair accessories. :) Headbands is next on my list. I love those ones!!

Pretty Things said...

Those are so sweet! Things like this make me miss not having a girl.

Pieceful Bits said...

What sweet little fairies! Thanks for sharing (~~) Julie

Winklepots said...

Totally cute, Marisa!

New England Quilter said...

Great tutorial - sweet headbands!

Karen Faulkner said...

Pretty darn fanciful, for sure. Many happy fairy days to you and your girls!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

How cute!! Definitely need to make some of those!

Leah said...

SO cute! your girls are great models, and those flower headbands are great!

Marjorie said...

Cute! Your daughters are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

Suzanne MacCrone Rogers • Italian Girl in Georgia™ said...

So cute...both the head bands and the Flower Fairies ~ adorable!


Unknown said...

I have to say that I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO looking forward to our girls meeting in the (hopefully) near future!!!

I may just have to try this out!

Oh Mandie said...

I don't have lil fairies of my own to make headbands for, but theres no rule that says momma can't make one for herself and wear it :)

You're girls look positivily adorable!!!

Alyssa S. said...

The headbands are great! You are just busting at the seams with creativity. I ssay you can never have too many "hair pretties"...and Amelia has more than I can count :) I was actually inspired to create a no sew fairy tutu for Amelia...but I got cut off by "The Man"...seems someone thinks I spend too much on craft supplies :)

Marie said...

How cute and I love that it's cheap to do! I will give this a try and let you know when I do...thanks for sharing!

AnniKae said...

Great Tutorial...very adorable headbands.

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GUGAW said...

ooh lovely, might make some headbands for me!

dragonflydreamer said...

These are sweet and I wish I had some little fairies to make them for and do a fairy dance with outside. Maybe I will make some for my great-neices. Thanks for sharing this sweet tutorial.

headbands said...

Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! You are very creative on making those flower fairy headbands! I love to try making those headbands for my little sister. Anyway, your little flower fairies look so cute and very adorable!

Angie - said...

So easy, cute and inexpensive!! I want to try it! Thank you for sharing!

Angie - said...

I featured this on my blog in the sidebar - thank you again for this cute tute!

ashley @ little miss momma said...

Love this headband--so crafty!
Would love for you to link up to my Headband Link party over at Little Miss Momma! Here's the link:

chichish said...

Simple and yet beautiful diy...thank you for sharing :)

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