Yesterday’s handmade heart post fueled my current obsession with hearts a teeensy bit more. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s kind of the perfect time, right? Inspired by the shoe clips I featured yesterday and ban.do’s awesome heart headband, I decided to get a little crafty and put together a DIY glitter heart headband of my own!
The best part of this is how easy it is. You could totally use it as a craft and party favor at a kid’s birthday party. Let the little ones glitter away and the adults can take care of the hot gluing while they’re on to the next activity!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a headband
- Mod Podge
- a little cup for mixing
- a paintbrush
- cardboard (I used an empty tissue box)
- pencil or pen for tracing
- hot glue gun
Do yourself a favor and figure out how big you want your heart (or whatever shape you decide to use) to be first. I wasn’t so smart, which is why the heart is enormous on my girls’ little heads. That’s OK, though. I think over-sized headbands on tiny humans are kind of cute. 😉
The first thing I did was make a little template with my cardboard. To make sure my heart was shaped perfectly, I traced the bottom of a spice jar for the rounded parts and then connected the point by using a raisin box for nice, straight lines.
Trace your template on the felt and cut it out.
Next you’re going to make a little Mod Podge and glue concoction. Pour the Mod Podge into a little cup or bowl and then stir in the glitter a little bit at a time.
You can’t really get the mixture wrong, just remember that if you put in too little glitter you’ll need to do more coats to cover the felt. If you do too much, you’ll need more Mod Podge to make sure you don’t leave a lovely glitter trail wherever you go (personally, I don’t see that as a problem. My husband disagrees).
For my heart I did three coats of this little mixture, allowing each coat to dry before adding a new one. To make sure my glitter stayed put, I added another coat of straight Mod Podge on top.
Last, you’re going to flip over your glittery heart and hot glue it to your headband. I would put the headband on and take a little peek in the mirror to figure out the perfect placement.
Hold the headband in place for a minute or so to give it time to set and then hot glue another piece of felt over both the headband and a portion of your heart for security.
Voila! You have yourself a super cute little headband that will make children do happy dances (and demand to wear it to school to show all of her friends, which means you can’t get a decent picture of the thing on a non-tiny human).
Here’s a little secret: it makes big girls do a little happy dance too. I already have plans to make another one with three smaller hearts in different colors because one thing is for sure: no matter how big the girl, there’s never enough hearts and glitter in this house!