It's all about bejewelled and embellished hairbands this season - nothing says party like adding a few jewels and feathers to your look. This simple DIY teaches you how to create your own hairpiece using a mix of feathers, gem stones and chain. It makes a great finishing touch to any festive outfit. Happy making!
- Plain hairband.
- Two metres black ribbon 7mm (one quarter inch) wide.
- Five gem stones/beads in different colours.
- Black felt.
- One metre chain.
- One feather.
- Needle and thread.
- Double-sided tape.
- A glue gun or super glue.
- Wire cutters.
Step 1: Prepare Your Hairband
Take the double-side tape and tape it on top of the hairband, but keep the backing on the tape. Stick a 2.5cm (one inch) length of tape to the end of your ribbon, wrap over the end of the hairband and then twist horizontally and start wrapping around the hairband.
Step 2: Wrap Your Hairband
Start to peel the backing off the tape as you wrap the ribbon diagonally around the hairband. Keep going until the whole hairband is covered. Cut off any excess ribbon and and add 2.5cm (one inch) length of tape to the end and wrap to finish. Your base is now complete. Set aside.
Step 3: Cut Your Feather
Shop-bought feathers come in standard lengths so you will need to cut yours to size. Decide on your length and cut - mine is 13cm (5 inches) long. Ostrich feathers can sometimes be a bit too showgirl for every day so I cut the width as well. Cut 4cm (one and a half inches) from your base feather on a diagonal to the top. Repeat on both sides of your feather.
Step 4: Sew on Your Gems
Take a square of felt and place your gems in your chosen design. Make sure you leave a small gap around each gem stone for your chain and sew into place. As an alternative you can glue your gems into place. I prefer to hand sew as it gives a neater finish.
Step 5: Sew Your Chain Into Place
Take the length of chain and sew it clockwise around each gem stone, filling in the centre with any extra chain. If you have extra chain at the end of the design, cut the extra length with wire cutters.
Step 6: Cut Around Your Gems
Carefully cut around the edge of the felt shape, making sure to avoid any stitches.
Step 7: Assemble Your Hairband
Work out the placement of your feather. Mine was glued 9cm (three and a half inches) from the end of the hairband. Mark the start and end of the feather on the hairband. Using either your glue gun or super glue, run a length of glue between the marks and quickly apply your feather, positioning it centrally on the hairband. Apply the gem stone motif on top of the feather.
That’s it, you're done! With the party season just around the corner, this is a great project for beginners and it would also make a gorgeous Christmas present for your friends. Experiment with a variety of colours and jewels for a totally different look.
Have you made a hairband before? Are you going to try this tutorial? Let us know what jewels and feathers you'd use in the comments below.