I love the flowers-in-your-hair trend. So romantic and it adds that perfect little punch to an outfit to make it that much more interesting, especially for a jeans and plain shirt kind of girl like me. I happen to se a woman at the gym one day with one of those elastic headbands designed to catch sweat and keep your hair out of your face with a flower attached to it. I automatically thought: I can make that and that idea is genius!
Let me say something. I hate working out. I like going to chat with my friends and the kids love the play area, but I seriously do NOT enjoy getting sweaty and the thought of having to figure out those weight machines starts my heart palpitating. I feel like everyone in there is staring at me and wondering what the HECK I think I’m doing. Ugh. I think a pretty floral headband tough enough to withstand working out might be the answer to at least a little confidence boost.
Let’s get started!
1. First up, you’ll need to gather supplies. Right now, Target has a 3-pack of these headbands in their Dollar Spot for, you guessed it, a dollar. You can use any flower you’d like, but I used a cheap-y one from Wal-Mart.
Elastic Headbands * Flower * coordinating felt square
needle and thread in coordinating color * glue gun * sparkly gem (not pictured)
2. Demolition! Flip your flower over so you’re looking at the back. Remove the plastic thing underneath and the center parts so all you have left is the petals.
3. Start rebuilding. Taking the needle and thread and pierce it through the center of the flower. I have mine going through the front to the back, but it doesn’t really matter either way you go about it. Both will end up being covered when you’re finished.
4. Make sure to place the headband next to the flower before you push the needle back towards the front. Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until the flower is securely sewn to the headband. Tie off the end of the thread.
5. Reinforcement. You’re going to find your square piece of felt and eyeball how much you’re really going to need. Scientific, I know. Cut a circle of felt the approximate size of the flat part of your flower.
6. Bust out your glue gun (and try not to burn yourself like I did)! Get a good globby heap of glue on one side of your felt. Place it on the flat part of the back of the flower, essentially squishing the headband between the flower and the felt. Hold it firmly down for a good 30 seconds so the glue has a chance to set.
7. Time to add some pizzazz! Following the same process from Step 6, glue your rhinestone to the center of the front of the flower. Make sure you hold this one for 30 seconds too to set the glue.
You are all finished! Because of the rhinestone center, I wouldn’t leave children unattended around these. Just be careful and use your best judgement. And rock it out at the gym!