DIY Beaded Headband!

A cheap plastic headband makes a perfect base for beaded headbands and tiaras. You can score these at any drug store. The great thing about this project is that it's absurdly simple, endlessly versatile and makes a one size fits all, fabulous giftable! All you need is a plastic headband, 20 gauge soft wire and an array of 3-4mm beads and you're ready to roll!  (I used hematite and Czech glass with an a/b finish.)  Start by wrapping the wire around the bottom of the 'teeth' in the headband.  Tuck the wire under with chain nose pliers.  Thread enough beads to cover the exposed part of the headband, wrap tightly and continue making your way around using the teeth to secure the wires.  The layered flower is thick craft felt I die cut my Sizzix Big Shot machine. I wired it on using a 22 gauge wire which I strung with beads and looped in the center, threaded into two holes I punched in the all three layers of felt, then wrapped around the headband base, you could just as easily attach a store bought flower here.

This same technique can be used on all sorts of items, I've seen silverware, tea pot handles, barrettes...

Cheers,
Madge

5 comments:

Saturday Sequins said...

That headband is gorgeous! The flower is such a nice touch.

I've shared this post with my DIY friends on Twitter -- I just know they'll love it. :)

Erin- Thanks I Made It said...

I found you through Saturday Sequin's tweet, and she's right, I love it! So pretty.
Erin @ www.thanksimadeitblog.com

Margot Potter said...

Thank you both!

Cheers, Madge

Maria's Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [23 Nov 04:57pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Creative Photo Albums said...

Madge,

Aside from paper crafting/scrapbooking I also am into fashion and beauty. I'm glad to have found this DIY. I mean, I've got lots of cheap headband here that's been stored for years without using them. Never thought I could make it as glamorous as this one. Thanks!

Annabella Merlin