Thursday, November 15, 2012

From belt to headband tutorial...Respectfully

I gave this DIY a serious amount of thought before posting, especially after the Victoria's Secret controversy. Let me just say that we have nothing but respect for other races, cultures and people in general, our intentions are pure and not meant to offend anyone. This is an update to the old kindergarten Thanksgiving craft and solely in good fun. With that said, let's begin :)
She was watching birds fly away :)

Extra embellishments (I used an old high school earring)
Strong craft glue (must work will leather)
Woven leather belt (goodwill $2.00)
Rubber bands (not shown)
Tape measure

Cut the seams to the buckle

Measure the circumference of child's head, across forehead
Unravel belt
Using the traditional braid, braid 3 strips of leather together

Braid your headband 1 inch longer than the measured length of child's head
Use rubber band to secure end

Glue end strips together
 Do not cut extra loose strips yet, unless you are highly confident this will turn out 100% like you want. But I always stick with "Better to be safe than sorry" ;)
Cut headband from belt and secure with rubber band
Glue strips together

Glue elastic to the end that was just cut
Let dry

After glue has dried
Take your measuring tape and measure the band (with elastic stretched out) to what your child's head length measurement.
EX: if your child's head measured 18 inches, measure your headband with the elastic stretched to 18 inches and place glue

Glue elastic and end together, let dry
After dry
Place feathers, starting with the center of the headband
(if you're using feathers from the yard it's always a good idea to wash and sterilize)

Once you have the placement of feathers
Measure and cut a strip of fabric

Place glue to the back side of each feather on headband
Add fabric
(fabric is to prevent any poking from feathers)

Glue any embellishment you have to headband
Cut any ends of feathers sticking out
Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Mommy Krystal, she looks adorable. I love the DIY so much. :)You know just how to capture the perfect shot as well. :)

  2. very cute. and she's too adorable! found and following via the hop!

  3. This had to be so much fun!! You have such a beautiful family! And I can't wait to start our BlogFriend Journey (cheesy I know) But I'm ecstatic!!
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  4. Brilliant tutorial, I'm new to your blog from Friday chaos. I like the look of your blog and I'm really looking forward to your posts. I have a blog if you have time I'd love for you too pop on over and have a look :-)

    1. Thanks for coming in and checking us out, glad you could stick around!

  5. This is amazing!!

    Hey girl, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for following and linking up with Friendly Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    xo, Heather

  6. LOVE this!!!! I really want to make one for my niece :)

    Thanks for stopping by the hop....can't wait to read more!

    1. Hope you were able to make one for her, I'm sure she would enjoy it!

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