Friday, April 23, 2010

...and ten! Ten million headbands, that is.

Here it is, one last post about the 'SuperSecret Challenge' challenge. I've had so much fun! Today's project is another 'infinite convertible': a blank slate for creativity, style and thrifty re-purposing.

From the challenge stash, I took this plain headband. Sometimes, you just want a basic headband. This one fits my big head really well.

I took a two-holed chipboard tag (also from the stash), peeled off the paper, sharpie-ed black around the edges. The only other ingredients: string, and a cute found object (in this case, a fabric rose from a scrunchie that lost its scrunch).

The key to this project is the two-holed tag. Tie the flower to the tag...

...then slip the headband through the two holes.

You end up with...

Fancy headband!

I've seen them in stores with big price tags and all kinds of embellishments: huge flowers, feathers, weird 'fascinator'- type creations. You could make dozens of these and slip them on and off one headband to match any look.

No chipboard tags? Make your two-holed base from any plastic or cardboard that's reasonably stiff, thin enough to cut but still slightly flexible. These are from the recycling bin:

Here's a retro/neato variation, still using the two-hole, slide-it-on-and-off concept:

I cut some felt shapes, and made two small slits instead of holes (a little hard to see in this pic, but they're there). Then I pinned on some big brooches.
Wahlah! Fancy brooch fascinators.

I've been collecting pins forever and have a ton of pretty, retro or bizarro choices. Here are just a few ideas:

This one's my favorite:

"Ahhh! Mommy, mommy, that lady with the big head has a spider in her hair!"

Thanks again for checking out my adventures in stash busting. It's been crazy fun. Hope you will continue to visit; I have ideas percolating even now.


  1. Great idea! I like how you gave us the tools to make our own slidey thing, too! Very cool. I think it would be fun to have a bird's nest on a headband... kind of a commentary on a bad hair day?

  2. LOL @ Heather! I love the spider one, for exactly what you wrote- "Mommy...!" And yeah, I hate spiders and don't wear headbands, but that one would deffo be mine.

  3. This is brilliant. I especially love the spider one too. Fun, funky and humorous.

  4. Oh my gosh - with the teeny hat pin? That would be mine.
    Ridiculous cute and easy... now I have a reason to buy all those garishly awesome pins I see in the thrift shop!

  5. Thanks for sharing another completely awesome idea! But ... Ewww!! I think I'd die if I saw someone with that spider thing in their hair! I'm an arachnaphobic if there ever was one. But the rest of them ARE truly lovely! :)

  6. What a great idea! I've been looking for ways to attach some of the flowers I have to headbands. Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  7. I love this idea! I have loads of metal headbands in my stash -- what a great way to use them! I also have a milk jug in the recycling bin now and plan to make some of the little two-holed whatchamacallits. Thanks for the great tip!

  8. What an awesome idea!! I have tons of chipboard tags just waiting around to become headband embellishments =)

  9. Wow I just read all ten "stash" projects. I loved them all really I want a statsh with all that stuff in it to, but then I would have to go out and buy all that stuff. Instead I decided to make my own stash out of items I already have and make fun things. Thanks for all the ideas and all the madness. I thought I was the only mad crafter. =] I love your blog and I hope my blog turns out just as great. I just started my blog a few days ago so I hope this project gives it life. =] I love your blog agian and I can't wait to read more things from you.

  10. Amusingly simple and brilliant!!! Im a new fan!! Keep it up!

  11. WONDERFUL project, I was looking at the attachments, I have one of those, the one with the white flowers, I turned mine into a ring, and removed one flower to make a pendant. love your idea. I love those headbands, I'm using these to make duck tape flower headbands.

  12. So original and it seams so simple to do.
    Thanks for sharing

  13. Love those headbands. Well, 'cept for that humongo spider. If I saw someone with a spider on her hair, I'd run away screaming and/or hit it with something. I despise spiders.