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Glitter Bow Headbands DIY

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Gosh, I love making headbands.  They take so little time and are inexpensive to make.  These Glitter Bow headbands can even be no-sew!  Two of my little ones still loooove wearing headbands and when they saw the glitter and sparkle on these pretties, they went a little crazy!  Make a few of these this weekend and the accessory drawer will be all restocked for heading back to school after the long weekend!

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Here’s how to make them!

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Gather your supplies; you will need:

  • 2 pieces of tulle, cut 10″ long x 4″ wide (this is 1/8 yard cut down into 10″ sections)
  • 17″ piece of 1/2″ wide elastic (glitter elastic available at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores)
  • 3 – 8″ lengths of 1/2″ wide ribbon (I even used bias tape for this gold headband!)
  • scrap of 1/2″-3/4″ ribbon for center of bow
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing machine or needle & thread (optional)

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 1:  Gather each piece of tulle into an accordion shape, pinching it at the center and working in the gathers evenly.  Place a dot of hot glue into the center of the tulle and pinch/press it down (using a granite counter top works wonderfully) until the glue cools and the accordion shape holds.  Repeat with the other piece of tulle.  Set tulle aside.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 2:  Fold each length of ribbon in half and form a crease in the center (or mark with a fabric marker).  b) Place a dot of hot glue at the crease mark in the ribbon.  Fold one side into the center and secure in place.  c) Work quickly or add more hot glue and fold the other end into the center to form your first bow shape.  Repeat with the other two lengths of ribbon.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 3:  Stack the three bows as shown in the picture above.  The first should sit straight on a horizontal line.  The other two should fall at a slight diagonal to either side of the center horizontal.  Use small beads of hot glue to secure each layer together.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 4:  Use hot glue (or a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine for added security) to join the two ends of the elastic to form the headband.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 5:  Hot glue the two tulle accordions side by side over the joined ends of the headband.  Hot glue the ribbon bow directly on top of the tulle.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 6:  On the backside of the headband, add a dab of hot glue and glue down one end of the ribbon scrap.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Step 7:  Wrap the center ribbon around the front of the bow, pulling taut, and then continue wrapping back to the underside.  Add more hot glue and secure this bow center in place.  Cut off the excess scrap and….

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

your adorable headband is complete!!!

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

You can substitute some scraps of lace for the tulle as well!  The grosgrain ribbon looks really nice as a bow, too.Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Had enough? How about this gorgeous “I lost three teeth in one week” smile?

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Or this, “Can I be any cuter giggling up at my sister’s window?” Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Gosh, they’re cute.

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew

Glitter Bow Headbands - Easy + no Sew
Alright, I’m done! Have a great weekend! Do something fun!

 

These headbands were inspired by some darling retail headbands found at Crazy8!

New Year’s Eve Hats – DIY

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

We don’t typically do anything wild and crazy for New Year’s Eve.  We eat something unhealthy, like nachos or more fudge, watch a movie, and nod to each other at midnight…if we’re awake.  Nevertheless, I walked past an end cap at Target with celebratory hats, looked at the discount tinsel in my shopping cart, and decided to make a few New Year’s Eve hats to throw a little extra fun into our quiet festivities.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Making these New Year’s Eve hats is quick and easy and probably requires no explanation, but I’ll do a quick walk through just in case.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Basically, you

  • print and cut out the template – click here for template
  • trace the template onto cardstock,
  • cut it out,
  • gently wrap into a cone, insert the tabs into the slit, and hot glue for extra security.
  • Add a 15-inch piece of tinsel around the base of the hat with hot glue
  • Add a small fluff of tinsel to the top of the hat with hot glue
  • Cut an elastic cord or ribbon to hold the hat on – 15 inches for children, 18 inches for adult
  • Hot glue each end of the elastic cord on each inner side of the hat.
  • Add glittered letters or signs if you like (I didn’t have glittery letters, so I mod podged some glitter onto other letter stickers)

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Presto!!  Now you’re ready to party!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

DIY Temporary Tattoos

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I ‘ve just about wrapped up all of my Halloween projects for this year.  It’s time to set down the crafting and do a little more enjoying of the festivities.  Today, I’m off helping my daughter’s class build a scarecrow for their school’s fall festival.  Not sure how I got roped into the scarecrow creation – I’ve never built one in my life, wish us luck.  At least I’m bringing candy popcorn to distract the students from my obvious lack of experience with the scarecrow.  hahaha!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

I did want to share these tattoos that I made with my Silhouette last week.  I cannot get over that you can make custom tattoos – DIY Temporary Tattoos – what??!!  Did you know about this?    You can purchase the tattoo paper and then create your layout using the Silhouette software.  I purchased several designs (for 99cents each) that are “print and cut”,  and arranged them in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ space.  Then you put the sheet of printable tattoo paper in your home printer and print the designs along with the register marks.

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Once the designs are done printing, you add the included adhesive sheet over the page and place it on the cutting mat.  Once you hit “cut”, the machine scans the sheet to find the register marks so that it knows exactly where to cut out the designs.  I haven’t used this function before and I didn’t think it could possibly work out accurately - but it did!   It cuts around each design perfectly, you peel off the excess paper, and the tattoos are ready to use!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Sooooo cool!  I was a little eager to try these out and maximize my space and some of the designs ended up kind of small – good to know for next time.

 
DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!
I think it would be so fun to use these as an alternate to candy for trick or treaters or to hand out in goody bags at a party.  My girls love temporary tattoos.  Oh!  And I have a tip for getting off some of those tattoos that last through several baths – rubbing alcohol – takes ‘em right off.

 

The tattoo paper kit is included in the Silhouette October special bundle.  More on the bundle when I shared the Black Cat Treat Boxes.

Knot Headbands DIY

Knot Headbands DIY - EASY tutorial

Making a quick headband to coordinate with an outfit adds just a little extra something.  I whipped out a few of these knit knot headbands the other day to give a little motivation to my straggly haired girls as the new school year approaches.  They are super easy and super quick to sew!

Knot Headbands DIY

Grab some knit fabric – you’re going to cut two pieces into long oval shapes.  With your fabric folded, cut two rectangles 13″ long (along the stretch) and 2 1/2″ wide.  Use a rounded object to trace a half circle on the open end (opposite the fold) of the rectangle and cut.

Knot Headbands DIY

Now, you’ll have two long ovals.  Place them right sides together, press a little with some steam if the knit starts rolling over on itself.  Use a serger or a zigzag stitch to sew all the way around the ovals – you want the knit to maintain its stretch, so don’t use a regular straight stitch.  Leave a 1-2″ opening at the center along one side only for turning the headband right side out.

Knot Headbands DIY

Turn the headband right side out and reshape.  Press.  Now, you’ll need to close up your opening.  You can just zigzag stitch on the outside of the fabric since this spot will be at the nape of the neck and won’t show OR you can slipstitch it closed so it doesn’t show.

Knot Headbands DIY

Now, wrap that headband around your girl’s head and tie into a double knot!  That’s it!

Knot Headbands DIY with knit fabric

Knot Headbands DIY - EASY tutorial

I previously made a similar headband out of quilting cotton to match one of the dresses for Five and Ten Designs.

Knot Headbands - Easy Tutorial

 I used almost the same method, but lengthened the starting rectangle measurement to about 17″ each (on the fold, so 34″ long each).  Then, I followed the same steps to round the edges, sew the two pieces together and turn right side out.  Then, I topstitched around the entire headband, closing the opening in the process.  Since the quilting cotton doesn’t have the stretch that the knit does, I added some elasticity to the center of the headband, which is then worn at the back of the neck.

Knot Headbands DIY

Knot Headbands DIY

To do this, I marked the center of the headband and then marked about 2.5″ to each side of the center.  With elastic thread in my bobbin, I stitched rows back and forth between each marked line, making about a 5″ elasticized chunk at the center of the headband.  Press and steam this area from the top of the fabric to give it all that great stretchiness.

Knot Headbands DIY

Next, I placed the headband around my daughter’s head and pulled it tight, marking where the two sides meet at the center front.  I stitched the two sides together there, forming the headband circle, and then tied it into a knot.

Knot Headbands DIY with quilting cotton

Done!!

Knot Headbands DIY with quilting cotton

The girls were very excited to model the new knit headbands all together.

Knot Headbands DIY

They thought it was hysterical how I was barking out for them to squish together, and stop standing in front of one another, and lay with their heads all together on a blanket.  They thought it was SO hysterical in fact, they couldn’t keep a straight smile for anything!  Enjoy!

Knot Headbands DIY

DIY Disco Ball Pinata

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

No doubt that a DIY disco ball pinata is an essential at any dance/popstar super cool type party, right?  I felt the same way when we went to the birthday party of our favorite preschool teacher’s little gal!  Dorothy had a dance party with two awesome disco balls, so after scouting out the uber cool aunt that made the pinatas, I slid into the seat next to her to get the full scoop.  She was so sweet to tell me how to make them and even sweeter to let me share her secrets with you!  So, here you are – the DIY Disco Ball Pinata instructions.

You start with a cheapy beach ball from the drugstore and blow it up nice and full.  Then, paper mache your heart out.  I used strips of newspaper dipped in a flour, water, Mod Podge mixture (just dump a little of each in a bowl and mix it up – I think the ratio’s pretty flexible, but maybe a cup of water, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup Mod Podge).  I did three layer of paper mache over the beach ball – letting each layer dry completely between.  It held quite a bit of weight in toys/candy and the kids got several turns each before it finally came open, so don’t go too crazy with a million paper mache layers.  Leave a hole for deflating and removing the beach ball and filling with goodies (if you dare let the kids break it open).  Once the ball has been removed and you’ve filled the pinata, insert a hanging device – I lucked out by having a child’s skirt hanger – one of the kind with the circular hook at the top that goes over another hanger – know what I’m talking about?  I gently bent the ends to get it in the hole and then that circular hook at the top was perfect for tying the rope to later to hang the whole thing.  So, once you have your hanging device, lay a little plastic wrap over the opening and then add a few more layers of paper mache around the opening to seal it up.

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

Now, it’s ready to be transformed into a disco ball.  The special trick is stainless steel-look contact paper – I used less than one roll and got the contact paper from Home Depot.  I’m not going to lie – this is a total pain and took a solid four hours of continuous work with the help of two kids (who actually were quite a big help on this one!!)  The back of the contact paper has gridlines which made it easy to cut 1″x 1″ squares – a zillion of them!  

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

Balance the ball on its end and draw a horizontal line all the way around the center of the pinata.  Begin in the center and peel and stick your contact paper squares all the way around.  The contact paper has little brush strokes on it, so I rotated these every other square.  With your first line in place, work up and down from the center until you cover the entire ball.  And that’s it!  When you finish, you’ll beg your child not to break the thing open, but seeing as how they helped you pick out and stuff all the toys and candy inside, they will say no, and you’ll cry a little.  But it WILL be super cool and all the kids will love it, so there’s that.  

how to make a Disco Ball Pinata

Princess and the PopStar Birthday Party

disco ball pinata

It’s been over a week since the party and the shell is still sitting on my desk – can’t bring myself to toss all that flashy work!!  Think you’ll make one?

For more paper mache pinata ideas, you might enjoy this tutorial for Flower Pinatas.

Stamped Tile Coasters – DIY

Last year, I made these pretty, stamped tile coasters for a baby shower and I thought that with Mother’s Day coming up, this project would make a lovely little gift!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

These stamped coasters are so simple and inexpensive to make!  You can grab the materials from your local home improvement store and put together a set in no time!  Add some to a food or drink basket for your mom or grandmother.  And make a set for yourself, too!  I seriously use mine all. the.time.

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

For these stamped tile coasters, you will need:

SUPPLIES

4×4 square tiles – mine came in an 8-pack for just a few dollars from Home Depot

satin or gloss indoor latex paint (I’m sure outdoor would work fine, too)

rubber mounted stamp

foam brush

thin adhesive-backed cork sticker-thingies ;)

Now you’re ready to make your coasters!  Simply choose a rubber stamp, apply a coat of latex paint on to the stamp using a foam brush.  Carefully press the stamp down onto the tile and lift straight off.  Allow to dry completely.  

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

Place cork backing stickers on each corner of the coaster.  That is it!!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

The coasters dry completely waterproof.  I did apply a spray polyurethane to one of the tiles as an experiment and it discolored the tile.  Without it, there has been absolutely no wear on the paint even with long hours of water/dampness sitting on them.

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!

So now you’re set!  Stack those stamped tile coasters and share them with someone special!  Have fun!

Turn Tiles into Coasters by Stamping them with Paint!