Creating a one-of-a-king headband with burlap
There are many things that I leave up to the experts such as roofing repairs, auto mechanics, electrical work, flooring and my hair.
I know one is not like the others, but I’m horrible with my hair. I didn’t grow up practicing how to do my hair; I grew up making crafts and swimming. So when it comes to doing my hair for my wedding, I’m leaving that up to the experts at my salon, Bauhaus Salon + Haus Spa on Lake Street.
At the last appointment I had with my stylist before she moved back to Oregon, I talked about the style I wanted for my wedding. We looked at different pictures. The one “Rockabilly” style I liked, she said that the person in the picture had way more hair than me. Which is true and I appreciate her honesty. My hair is very fine.
She said the other picture I brought in with wavy curls and headband would work better. I told her that I really didn’t like the headband idea but she said that it would help break up my “hard part”. So I’m leaving my hair to the experts and crafting my own, one-of-a-kind headband.
Just the other day, my soon to be mother-in-law texted me that she had a roll of burlap and wondered if I could use it for anything. Of course I said, “Sure I can. Thanks!” I wasn’t thinking that I would be using it for a craft such as this, but after that appointment, my wheels were turning on how I could pull off a headband that matched my style and wedding.
After cutting some of the burlap and playing with it on my head, I decided the right length and used a piece that encompassed the side of the burlap. The sides of the roll were tightly woven where as the middle was more loose.
After cutting the length I needed, I pushed the loosely woven strands next to the tighter woven strands to make a more solid piece. I then brushed Mod Podge over the woven burlap so that it would not come undone. I tied the ends of one side and clipped them short so they looked like little burlap nubbins.
The other side remained the way it came with the strands sticking out for kind of a frayed look. I loved the natural look of the burlap; however, I felt I needed to give the headband more dimension.
The next thing I decided to add to my headband was some of the beads I purchased from Yayi Beads and Gems for stringing the paper cranes. That way the headband would tie into something used in my wedding.
I stitched the jewels into my headband with some light purple embroidery thread about a half inch apart. Still noticing that it needed a little more decoration, I went back and stitched crosses in between each jewel with a darker purple.
I needed to figure out how to connect ribbon to the burlap so I could tie it around my head. So I made a very tight knot about a half inch from the end and cinched it very tight. I commenced wrapping my purple thread very tight around the end to give it a finished look.
I then secured two silver ends on the wrapped end with E6000 glue. Finally, after the glue dried, I threaded turquoise and green sheer ribbon through the hole. I secured it using a slip knot. My head band it complete.
Next week, will be my last article until I return from my honeymoon around the first part of April and it will be a little different in that I will be focusing on a local crafter.
As always, happy crafting!!
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