I’m probably not the most craftsy person in the world (is that even a word?). But every now and then I get an idea on what I’d like to wear and it can be frustrating if I can’t find the exact item that I’m wishing 🙈
Like this week. I remember that I have a really nice green/blue dress and suddenly I got an idea to pair it with a pearl headband. Yes, just all of a sudden. So I started googling the tutorial for making a pearl headband and I found this really simple tutorial. But the problem was… I couldn’t seem to find this 1/4 inch elastic band anywhere in Sweden. The majority of the band I found here was wider, or round instead of flat. Since I didn’t want to take any risk, I looked for another tutorial which materials I could find here. So this following instructions are actually based on the tutorial on this blog and this magazine.
(Actually, I don’t think we should call it instructions either, since I don’t actually have a very detailed descriptions of everything 😂)
- 1 headband (I used the plastic one, 8 mm, black)
- 2-3 m of jewelry wire
- Pearls (I used the glass one, waxed)
- Velvet ribbon (I used black, but this is actually optionals; since I wear veil and it’s easier to wrap around my head as a tiara, I used the ribbon)
- Hot glue gun
- Cut the velvet ribbon for the inner and outer layer of the headband. For the inner layer, measure the length exactly as the inner part of the headband. For the outer layer, measure the length of the outer part of the headband, plus the desired length of the ribbon to be tied up later.
- Begin by wrapping the wire at one end of the headband. Try wrapping the start of the wire tightly so that it doesn’t suddenly untangled in the middle of your work. Keep wrapping until you get approximately 1 cm of wire.
- Put the glue on top of the wire at the outer layer of the headband and place the velvet ribbon on top of it. Remember, you have to leave some ribbon unglued later, so think of the starting point of the ribbon on the headband. It’s probably better to glue a small part first and working one step at a time. Continue glueing (is this even a word?) until some 2-3 cm at the end of the headband. Leave this part unglued for later.
- Now the fun part: putting the pearls. The pearls I bought have 4 different sizes (4, 6, 8, 10 mm) and 4 different colours (dark green, light green, lighter green (there were 2 different light green), and white). I found that my head band could accommodate 2 pearls per row, so I paired the pearls into 4 mm-10 mm, and 6 mm-8 mm. If the colours should not be repeated in this 4-pearls pattern, how many combinations will I get and what are they? 🤯
- I actually stopped in the middle of the process to solve the above-mentioned question because I was not satisfied with the chaotic combinations I’ve made 😂😂 so I did actually ask my husband to create a program to solve this 🤣🤣🤣 you can see the solutions here #nerdalert
- Place pearls in the wire and wrap it around the headband. Arrange as you see fit.
- When you reach the end of the headband, wrap the wire again as in the beginning, then put the glue on top of it. Press the remaining ribbon on it and make sure the whole outer part of the headband is now covered.
- Now put the inner layer for the headband. Glue the surface and place the ribbon on top of it. Work one small surface at the time.
- You’re done!
I know this method is far from perfect, but it was fun to try! Oh and did I mention that I love pearls? And green? Well now you know!😂😂
What about you? What’s your favourite DIY project? Comments below!