Part of our back-to-school wardrobe for P always involves hair accessories. It’s just part of the deal with girls. We’re in a tricky spot though because P is too old for the pink girly stuff, and I don’t want to spend a small fortune on boutique hair gear that’s cool enough for school.
Enter: dollar store headbands.
I literally got everything in these photos from the dollar store. I figure by the time I do a bunch of headbands and barrettes, we’re talking something like .20 cents per hair accessory. Not too shabby my friends, not shabby at all.
- fake flowers
- glue sticks
- glue gun
Find some cute flowers. Don’t pay any attention to what’s in the center, or how cheesy they look; you’ll be ripping out the innards of the flower anyway. Just look for good colors and decent flowers. I was really surprised how many great ones I found at my dollar store.
Pop all the flowers off the stems. We actually saved the leaves off this bunch too, just in case we wanted to add some leaves next to the flowers on the headbands. A little diversity never hurt anyone.
Get rid of all the green plastic. The stems, the centers of the flowers, all of it. Recycle it though. There’s no reason to clog the landfills with plastic flowers just because I’m not clever enough to come up with a craft for the leftovers.
What you end up with is a bunch of layers of different sized flowers. Perfect. Do this to all your flowers until you end up with this:
I put all the leftover flowers in individual Zip-Loc bags for later. You know how I love me some Zip-Locs. We’re doing barrettes next and I wanted the flowers organized. My brain is just much happier when things are organized, especially by color.
This is where your creativity comes into play. Layer the flowers however you please. P really liked the green roses but wanted a little pop of white in the center. Arrange a few flower layers and hot glue them together like so:
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Now hot glue your new flower onto your headband and, voila!
What do you think? I’m so in love with the whole thing I’m now on the lookout for some high quality silk flowers to make some headbands of my own.