Spooky Halloween Headband DIY + $200 Fandango Giveaway

One of the best ways to add an instant Halloween Costume to your look is through an amazing hair accessory. It’s perfect for those non-dresser-uppers and kiddoss who need a simple costume for school. It’s been a while since we’ve shared a fun DIY tutorial, and our spooky Halloween Headbands are the perfect hairpiece for the season!

Our inspiration is drawn from our vampire friends from Hotel Transylvania 2, which comes out in theaters this Friday.  Complete with bats and spiders, leaves and thorns – we hoping they’ll earn us our vampire fangs!

Here’s how to make em’:

  • Gather materials.  We picked up a garland of fake black and glittery purple leaves, a stem of black plastic glittery thorns, bats, and glittery spiders from our local craft store.  A glue-gun and a thick headband are needed too.
  • Simply cover the headband completely with leaves, securing with a glue-gun.  I like to use a tool to help press the leaves in place and save my fingertips from pesky burns (anything will work – I happened to grab a matchbox car!).  Make the leaves stick out in various directions to make the headband look more like a statement headpiece. Make sure to only secure small leaves close to each end, so it won’t be uncomfortable around the ears.
  • After the leaves dry – adorn the headband with gross bats and spiders.  Add a touch of thorns to one side only.  Make sure to pick off any glue residue and let your masterpiece set.

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And just like that – she’s ready for the vampire ball!

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This post is sponsored by Fandango Family, where in addition to movie info, you’ll find other great DIYs.  Content and tutorial as always, are my own. Thanks for reading!


Feathers In Her Hair – DIY Vintage-Inspired Headbands

Every time we go to the craft store, Lucia finds feathers, adorns them around her face, looks at me seriously and says “Mama, I need feathers in my hair.”  So when a bunch recently appeared in a gift from a sweet neighbor, I instantly knew that they would be put to good use (AKA more head-gear).

I made a simple headband that literally took all of five minutes. Simply cut, arrange, glue gun and dry.

And voila, vintage-inspired old school glamor:

It turned out to be a playful little prop, and according to my Paloma – it’s her new Dove costume.

Check out my other handmade headbands and crowns under the label “head-gear”.


Flower Fairy Headbands DIY

I love making things for my Lucia – as the creative process is twofold.  My vision, followed through from start to finish becomes a vehicle of five-year-old fantasy when placed into my daughter’s hands.  With her imagination, she is free and uninhibited, and I am her quiet observer, immersed in her day dreams.

My flower fairy headbands were inspired by the flower fairy and leaf queen crowns that I made for Lucia last year. I see her love for costumes, props and elaborate fantasy play as such a fun celebration of childhood.

The headband making process is beyond simple and easily customizable.  Begin by cutting faux leaves and flowers off of stems and matching leaves of different sizes into pairs.  I cut the plastic backings completely off of the flowers to ensure that they lay flat. I also cut off tiny balls to embellish with. Small pearls, crystals and broken pieces of jewelry are also fun things to adorn flowers with.

Use a glue gun to cover both sides of the headband in overlapping leaves. The smaller leaves should be close to the ears (so that the headband can comfortably fit on the child’s head) .  Arrange flowers (and anything else) and go glue gun crazy.

Let the headbands dry thoroughly.

And watch the fairy magic begin.
Linking up with Little Inspiration and Becoming Martha.

Vintage Lace Crowns – DIY

There is so much crafty goodness and inspiration to be found on Pinterest, including many variations of darling lace crowns.  I dug through my fabric stash as I prepared for hurricane Sandy, in hopes of having some sort of crafting-coping mechanism in place.  When I found some vintage lace loveliness in a collection of fabric from my mother (including an eyelet trim that she used to sew my first communion dress), I decided to make some lace crowns of my own.

The crown making process is actually very straightforward:
1.  Estimate crown size and cut lace.
2.  Saturate lace in fabric stiffener and place on wax paper. Repeat a few times until fully saturated.
3.  Be patient and allow lace to dry and stiffen (or Google the microwave/oven short-cut method).
4.  For added color, paint lace (I used Martha Stewart paint in antique silver, rose chrome, and aquarium). 
5.  After lace dries, match up lace pattern and hot glue the ends to form a crown.
6. Add embellishments if you want (I glue gunned big faux pearls and jewels to two crowns.  I also wove gold embroidery floss through one). 

Someone was extremely happy about her newest play props.

Just in time for some homespun fun on today’s hurricane-school-party-ruined Halloween.


The Butterfly Fairy

Like most kids, Lucia loves Halloween and all aspects of playing dress up, and I love watching the  four-year-old creative process that comes along with it unfold.  Since her world is currently filled with fairies,  it seemed only natural that she chose to be one for Halloween.  With inspirations drawn from the flower and leaf crowns that I created last year, I envisioned sewing tons of faux flowers, autumn leaves, or green vines together to bring my fairy’s Halloween costume to life. Lucia had a different vision in mind, and so, a butterfly fairy was born.

Since Lucia’s closet (and my sanity) can’t handle another tulle explosion, it made sense to reuse this tutu dress that I made for Lucia last spring.  She adores this thing.

I decided to make Lucia an apron to wear over the tutu dress and wanted a vibrant color to downplay the black underlayer.  I went with a bright purple tulle and a contrasting aqua waistband.  I cut four layers of tulle and used a gathering foot on my sewing machine to gather each layer one by one.  Using a gathering foot is THE BOMB!  Gone are the days of cursing broken threads as I attempt to hand gather unsuccessfully.   I can’t believe I waited  so long to test this thing out.

Gathering foot – oh how I love you!  I can’t wait to get my hands on a ruffle foot.

I then sandwiched the four layers of tulle in between two thick pieces of grosgrain aqua ribbon and stitched two seams.  A simple tulle apron was finished.

I broke out my glue gun and went butterfly crazy.  I attached faux butterfly’s to the apron’s top layer and made a matching pin, headpiece and wand.

I would actually love to see this apron worn over a simple leotard and ballet tights, but poofification seems to reign in this house.  So poofified she went:

I think she’s thrilled with her mama-haute-couture.

And I think she’s ready to spread her wings…

And some sweetness….

And perhaps some spookiness too…


Thank you Red Tricycle New York, the Cleverist, and Create Craft Love for featuring my costume!


The Flower Fairy

In the depths of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus

This fairy bloomed on a cold winter day, reminding me of all that is warm and bright.  She wanted another mama constructed crown and I thought a proper wand for fairy magic spreading was needed.  She helped by picking petals off stems and then fluttered off engrossed with her new flower powers.  I’m so glad she let me capture this moment on film.  And am so glad for all the dimensions of her you can’t see on this blogThe elaborate stories, the freedom of movement in her dances, the singing, and wand-waving while looking in the mirror, the love in her eyes, the pure creativeness wrapped up in this incredibly joyful tiny four-year-old.

True fairy magic indeed.