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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Do you DIY?

It's another Sunday. You are beaten and battered from last night's festivities, your appearance is entirely unworthy of exposure to the outside world, and you're room looks like this. Well actually, MY room looks like this. Ahem.
 What ever can be done during this glorious, non-denominationally specific God-given day when you possess not the courage to stray too far from the comfort of your bedroom, NAY, your bed sheets?!

Well fret not my dear readers, because Sundays are fun-days and that means DIY Days which means Arts & Crafts Days which means you get to pretend you are Neil Buchanan from Art Attack for an entire 24 hours! And don't pretend he didn't transform your life too when you were 8 years old.
 So pull out your PVA glue (that's school glue for those of you who were "too cool" for the genius that is Neil Buchanan), because today we are making...
A Boho Headband!
I made this for my bestie, Alessandra, as a Christmas gift. And she knows how to rock it.

  • 3 ribbons
  • Fabric (I used a tulle netting)
  • 2 beads or buttons
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Paper and Pen
  1. Taking your three ribbons, tie them together with a knot. It helps to safety pin this knot to something secure before the next step.
  2. Braid them like you would hair and tie another knot when you get to the end.  Put this aside.
  3. Using your paper and pen, draw and cut out two flowers (one larger than the other). These are your patterns.
  4. Trace the patterns onto your fabric, or pin them on, and then cut around them. You should end up with 2 fabric cut-outs of each pattern size.
  5. To make a flower, place the smaller sized cut-out on the larger one. Hand-sew them together, in the centre.
  6. Next, fold the sewn-together flower in half, and then fold that in half again. Now that it's folded, continue making a few stitches  in the same spot (which is the centre of the flower when unfolded), pulling your needle through the folds. This step will make the flower 3-dimensional instead of flat.
  7. Unfold and sew your button or bead onto the centre of the flower. Repeat steps 5-7 for the 2nd flower.
  8. Once you have 2 flowers, sew them onto the braided ribbon, wherever you would like them to be.
  9. Put it on your head, tie it at the back, and voilà!

You may be thinking that this project is too daunting for you at your undeveloped level of craftiness. Well read on, ye of little faith.

The Über-Chic Headband for Dummies

Take a long circle of fabric (I cut this one off the bottom of a shirt), wrap it around your head a couple times so it is very loose, and tie a knot onto the side of the headband so that it looks like a rose (Well, at least I think it does). And look, you are sprouting flowers from your head! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

Please excuse the photo quality, I am saving up for a "big-girl" camera right now! 

And if this still doesn't tickle your fancy, check out www.hitentertainment.com/artattacK/ for even more ideas of the highest inspiration.

Send me photos of your creations, and if I like em', I'll post em'! powerl@uoguelph.ca

While you're at it, check out my friend's blog. She's got some great stuff going on! gilded-youth.blogspot.com/


  1. Haha, great introduction! That headband is fantastic! DIY couture! ;)



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