DIY flower headband

May 22, 2012 in activities

Welcome to Pruning Princesses’ first ever mother/daughter craft post. It’s an easy, inexpensive project your upper elementary girl can do herself (if you’ve taught her to use a glue gun) but together is always better.

My camera never works well inside that school. Bird
selling her headbands at the 4th grade mall. 

Bird’s fourth grade class just finished a cool unit on economics. Each kid had to design a product to sell to the school. They had to create a business plan, develop a budget, buy insurance, pick a selling price, vie for the best “storefront”, decide whether or not to advertise, etc.  On the day of the 4th grade mall other classes came and spent their money (real money converted into 4th grade currency). It was a fun project. Bird sold flower headbands. She used both the hard headbands and the soft elastic ones. My creative friend Laura from Everafter Blueprint helped Bird design a flower headband that would be sturdy, because well, the idea I had tended to fall apart. So glad I have friends with different skills.

And now my dear Bird will explain the steps.

Hi blog readers. Bird here. To make flower headbands we went to the Dollar Store and bought headbands and plastic flowers. Four hard headbands or 6 soft ones were $1. And usually there were six flowers per stem. That’s at least four headbands for $2. But we also used some headbands from our house that we already had. The final supplies were a hot glue gun and two circles of felt about one inch around. It can’t be too big or too small– I learned that the hard way.

Now to start out, take the flower and cut off the plastic back as you can see in the picture. Cut off the plastic stub as much as possible to make it very small. Be sure to do this over a trash can because you will get stubs everywhere. That was a mistake I made- I had to make like 40 and I didn’t use a garbage can. I had “fun” afterwards cleaning up the mess.

Now the flower will be taken apart and glued back together onto one of the felt circles with a glue gun. Reassembling the flower in this way helps it to stay flatish (mom said I could make up a word) on your head. I burned myself a lot on this step, so be careful. Flower picking tip– don’t pick one that looks difficult to put back together because you will probably end up with a flowery mess!

Put a dab of glue on your headband and put the flower(with the felt) over the dab of glue. You will likely burn yourself just like I did like 100 times! Don’t worry, the sting doesn’t last long.

Now put a layer of glue on one side of the other felt circle and attach it to the headband and flower to make it secure. Check it over to make sure there are no extra spots you need to glue.

Now check the flower and add glue in between layers as shown above.

A complete, beautiful headband that is fun and cute. I sure had fun but after about 30 I was tired of it.

Well. See you soon! Hope I get to write again

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Andrea @ No Doubt Learning May 22, 2012 at 3:28 am

What an easy and useful project! When I was a 4th grade teacher, we did a similar unit – this would have been a great item to have at our “store”! 🙂

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Blond Duck May 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

Is 27 too old to wear one? 🙂

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Laura Wells May 22, 2012 at 10:53 am

27 is never to old to wear a flower headband!

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Kerri S May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

love it!…thanks for sharing, Bird! what a great school project!
i don’t think 27 is too old to wear a flower headband…i’m 40 and i’d wear one!!

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tori May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

So cute. I have a feeling my toddler boy wouldn’t be too thrilled to wear one, but my nieces would love to!

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WhisperingWriter May 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Too cute!! My daughter would love this.

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The Røsviks May 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

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misssrobin May 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

So cute and simple. Thanks for sharing.

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Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) May 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Very cute! This would make a great weekend project with my girls! Thanks for sharing…

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Jenni C's May 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm

looks like a great learning and fun project, going to show my daughter..sure she is Going to want to make one too…popping over from studio JRU

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Angie Nelson May 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I love this project! From the school lesson behind to the end product. What a great activity.

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Kyetra May 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Love those headbands! And you have such a pretty blog. Just stopping by from SITS and now I am following.
I am having a Memorial Day Link Up and would love to have you!

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Jennifer @ Studio JRU May 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

First I have to say that is such a fun school activity! I would have loved to do something like that in school! 🙂 The headbands are adorable and your daughter did such a great job explaining the steps for us! I am so happy you guys linked up ‘in the studio’ this week. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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Lance and Stephanie Kneese May 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

These are way cute! Gonna have to remember this for when my baby girl gets a little older 🙂

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Raquel December 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Love the hairband – it looks beautiful on your daughter! I think glue guns are truly one of the greatest inventions! Happy SITS day!

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Rabia @ TheLiebers December 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

So cute! My daughter would love these!! Happy SITS day!

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 1:47 am

You should make them. They are easy and somehow extra special when you make them together. And yes everyone is flawed. I think women love Pinterest because it is a place where they can control things. A picture is pretty on Pinterest forever..no one walks across them in muddy boots. I love the quote you shared. Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment.

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Sheila Skillingstead December 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Crafts are so much fun. We have a craft day usually once a year with our 3 grown daughters and friends. I did it a few years ago on my birthday. So much fun.

The school project sounds good. How many headbands did your daughter sell?

Enjoy your SITS Day and future projects.

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pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi Sheila, The school project was fun. It was fun to walk around the 4th grade mall and see all that the kids had made. There was slime, bookmarks, little fuzzy animals. Some kids got more help from parents than others so I felt bad for the not so great products. My Bird sold about 35 headbands plus another dozen on her own to student at the community college (my husband works there). It was a great experience. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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Michelle G December 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Very pretty:)

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Denise December 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Arg, now I wish I had girls.

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pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Oh Denise, you made me laugh. Thank you. Girls are awesome. I have no experience with boys!

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Akaleistar December 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Wonderful idea! Happy SITS Day!

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Lauren December 5, 2012 at 3:42 am

so cute!! That’s an awesome idea to do in 4th grade. Stopping by from SITS!

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homejobsbymom December 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Super easy project. Probably great for slumber party.

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