DIY Statement Headbands Inspired by Amanda Gorman

Statement headbands have been trending over the past few years and they are here to stay for 2021, thanks to Amanda Gorman! We’ve seen a resurgence of headband designs made with velvet and satin, embellished with pearls, rhinestones, and beads. They almost resemble Renaissance and medieval headwear that adorned the hair like a tangible halo glow. On Inauguration Day, Amanda Gorman glowed as she read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” and her red headband simply accentuated her shine. Gorman’s “fiery red” headband by Prada quickly sold out since her speech, so we wanted to recreate the look by making our own headbands.

How to Make Your Own Statement Headbands

Supplies:

Plain 1.5 inch wide headbands (without teeth), 1/4 yard upholstery foam (½ inch thick), a permanent marker, scissors, a glue gun and glue, 1/3 yard fabric, a satin ribbon to finish.

Amanda Gorman headband DIY

Puffy Amanda Gorman Headband:

  1. With your permanent marker, trace the outline of your headband onto the foam. Cut it out outside the lines, giving about half an inch of ease on each end (as the foam bends it scrunches up a bit and loses some length). If you want your headband to be extra tall, cut two foam shapes.
  2. Making sure the foam and the headband are centered, glue the foam to the top of the headband. It’s easiest to keep it centered  if you start with the two ends, then glue the top and sides.
  3. If you are making yours extra tall, glue another layer of foam on top 
  4. Trim the foam to create a smooth silhouette. It’s especially helpful to trim down the foam by the ends of the headband so that it tapers. Take your time on this step.
  5. Cut an oval of fabric 24 inches long and six inches wide. 
  6. Center the headband on the fabric and wrap the fabric up and over the foam. Glue the fabric to the underside of the headband. Repeat on the other side. It’s best if you keep the glue on the center of the underside of the headband so that it can be covered with the ribbon later. If you have excess fabric, trim it off. 
  7. Work your way around the headband, smoothing out big wrinkles along the way. 
  8. Trim the excess fabric from the end of the headband, leaving about an inch. Fold it under the bottom and secure with glue. 
  9. To finish your headband, cut a length of ribbon long enough to run the entirety of the inside of the headband with about an inch to spare. Glue the ribbon to the underside of the headband, covering any raw edges. Fold the end of the ribbon under to create a clean edge and secure with glue. Where the headband tapers fold both sides of the ribbon under so that the ribbon doesn’t extend beyond the sides of the headband. Glue down and repeat on the other side. 

Amanda Gorman headband DIY

Braided Headband:

  1. Cover the headband in fabric. To do this, cut a three inch wide strip of fabric just longer than the headband is. Center the headband on the fabric and glue it down so that it covers the top, and fold the ends under the headband. Secure with hot glue and press down to avoid pesky bumps. Trim away excess fabric. 
  2. Cut three four-inch-wide strips of fabric and fold them over so that they form a hollow tube. Dot hot glue along the side of each and secure the fabric tubes. 
  3. Stack the three tubes and glue them together. Loosely braid the three strands together, taking care to keep the glued seam down. It can help to tape the strands to a table here. Secure the end of the braid with hot glue so that it doesn’t unravel.
  4. Starting in the middle of the braid, attach it to the top of the headband, with a dot of hot glue. Plump up the braid as desired and glue the braid down across the length of the headband. We pulled the braid a little bit tighter at the ends so that it would have more dimension at the top and taper at the sides. Trim any excess braid where the headband stops and add a dot of hot glue to the strands to keep them from unraveling.
  5. To finish your headband, cut a length of ribbon long enough to run the entirety of the inside of the headband with a few inches to spare. Glue the ribbon to the underside of the headband, covering any raw edges. Starting on one side, trim the ribbon so it extends just beyond the end of the headband and fold it up over the bottom. Secure it with glue. Cut a three inch piece of ribbon and glue it to the inside bottom of the headband. Fold and glue the end of the ribbon to create a clean edge, and wrap it around the base. Secure with glue and repeat on the other side. 

Knotted headband:

  1. Cover the headband in fabric. To do this, cut a three inch wide strip of fabric just longer than the headband is. Center the headband on the fabric and glue it down so that it covers the top, and fold the ends under the headband. Secure with hot glue and press down to avoid pesky bumps. Trim away excess fabric. Cut the fabric so that it ends right where the headband ends.
  2. Cover the raw edges of the fabric with a strip of ribbon. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to run the entirety of the length of the headband and glue it down, covering any raw edges. Don’t worry about the ends of the headband; we will finish those later. 
  3. Cut a strip of fabric six inches wide and about 30 inches long. Fold it over so that it forms a hollow tube. Dot hot glue along the side and secure the fabric tube. 
  4. Tie a loose knot in the center of the fabric tube. Make sure that the seam side isn’t up in the knot or on the top of the strips coming off the knot on either side. 
  5. With a dot of hot glue, secure the knot. Use another dot of glue to adhere the knot to the top of the headband. 
  6. With the seams down, glue the strips of fabric to the headband. Fold up the ends and fold in the sides, and wrap these around the bottom of the headband. Secure with hot glue.

As Amanda Gorman stated within the last lines of “The Hill We Climb,” may we be brave enough to be the light, in our country and our world.

We want to see how your style your Amanda Gorman headband! Tag us on instagram so we can see your iconic looks. 

Amanda Gorman headband DIY

Printable New Year’s Glasses

This project pairs perfectly with our New Year’s Printable Crown. And just like that last project, this one is printable (though not reusable…unless you invent time travel or take a Sharpie and cross out the 1 at the end, I guess). These glasses are classic for any New Year’s Eve party and they work for even the biggest party-poopers who don’t want to get all glammed up for a photobooth.

Did you know that New Year’s Eve Glasses have been around for 30 years? They were first popular because the numbers of the different years matched up perfectly with holes for the eyes. However, after 2009 ended, so did the era of New Year’s glasses with double zeros in the middle. Not to worry, though! Most places have found a creative workaround.

We have three types of glasses: The folk, The Flower, The Cloud. You can select your favorite and go for it!

The Flower

Just a dash of floral, of course!

The Cloud

Cloud eyes with a rainbow nose bridge!

The Folk

These ones are my favorite! Love how wild they are!

Printable New Year’s Glasses

Materials

Instructions

  1. Print off the templates
  2. Cut around the templates (it’s easier to cut out the inside of the glasses with a craft knife as opposed to scissors
  3. Attach the sides of the glasses with glue or tape

Need some more New Year’s Eve ideas? Check out our archive here.

New Year’s Star Crown
New Year’s Invitations
New Year’s Resolutions

Printable New Year’s Crowns

NYE Party Accessories

We’ve made New Year’s printable crowns in years past, and this year our crown is inspired by our wrapping paper. We’ve done a few in the past (see here and here) and they’re always a crowd favorite, so we thought we’d add to the group and fill it with all the craziness that this year has been–lots of patterns and colors, of course!

Like every other holiday this year, New Year’s Eve is bound to look a little different. But you still deserve to get a little glitzed up, even if you’re lounging in sweats as you watch the ball drop (wait…has that been canceled?).

Of course, the older I get (and the more kids I have), the more New Year’s Eve becomes just another night in, and I don’t usually make it to midnight. Still, I think 2021 needs a nice big welcome from humanity so we don’t get a repeat of this year…

Printable New Year’s Eve Crowns

These crowns are a cinch to put together. You could even leave out the paper and let everyone make their own! Could be part of the night!

Materials

Instructions

  1. There are 8 patterns in the PDF (here). Use two patterns per crown (or print off more to put the same pattern together. We recommend printing onto cardstock! Keeps them sturdy and reuseable! We designed them on 11×17″ paper so they could be big! If you don’t have that size for your home printer, we used our local print shop.
  2. Tape the two pieces from the inside and glue on the outside so you don’t see the seam.
  3. The tab is meant to be adjustable to the size of the head. Cut a slit where the head fits comfortably.
  4. Glue on poms for maximum effect.

We’d love to see your crowns in action. Tag us with #LarsMakes or #HolidaysWithLars so we can see them!

Other NYE Projects

If you liked this project, you’ll love these ones:

Galaxy paper crown tutorial is here (it’s got that vintage look we all love)
Printable NYE crowns
NYE party invitations
DIY Star Crown

Cool off this summer with a DIY Sponge Crown

How it works

Simply dunk the DIY sponge crown in water, hold a mini-coronation, and crown the king/queen of the summer! The sponges will hold enough water to slowly drip down and keep the kids cool while keeping their shape. We played around with this idea and made our DIY sponge crown out of stars! 

How often is it that a cooling accessory actually looks cool? You won’t see me with one of those clunky fans around my neck this summer. Sweat bands? I’ll pass. Crown me. 

DIY Sponge Crown for kids

Where to wear your sponge crown

This DIY sponge crown would be so much fun to make at a child’s birthday party. The supplies are cheap, the process is simple, and the product is truly fun. Then, the kids could run around and play water games!

If that’s not an option right now, a family picnic/camping trip to the backyard would be made much more exciting with this usable craft. I’m imagining what the photos would look like – adorable!! Does your community have a summer parade or festival? Ours has a bike parade where all the kids get on their bikes and ride around the main street. Your children will feel like the belles of the ball with their crowns on, and you won’t have to worry about them overheating!

How to make your DIY Sponge Crown

Supplies:

Find all of the supplies needed here!

Instructions:

  1. First, use the paint markers to paint each of your wooden dowels your choice of red, white, and blue. We also including some gold ones! We used 6 long dowels and cut them to varying lengths.
  2. Set aside the dowels to dry.
  3. Cut stars and other desired shapes out of your sponges, in varying sizes. You can draw the shape on lightly with a marker or pen and then use scissors to cut out the shape.
  4. Gently slide a dowel into each sponge shape.
  5. Stick the dowels into the styrofoam wreath form, being careful to make the dowel stick straight up not angled at all.
  6. Once you have arranged all of your desired dowels, with the sponge shapes on top, into the styrofoam, use a hot glue gun to glue them firmly in place.
  7. Use hot glue to wrap ribbon around the styrofoam form for a final pretty touch.
  8. Your crown is not ready to use! Run the sponges on the crown under water, place it on your child’s head (or yours!) and a cooling stream of water will refresh you!

Note: If you are worried about the crown falling off, you can hot glue it to a head band, or add additional ribbon or twine to tie it on with a bow under their chin! Like we did on Jasper below.

DIY Sponge Crown for kids

More ways you and your kids can cool off this summer

Make your own rainbow sun hat to create your own shade wherever you go, all season long.

Did you know we have a whole series of popsicle recipes? Including lemon, blood orange, green apple, and more!

Trying to cut down on screen time this summer? Click here for 30 hose and sidewalk chalk activities that will keep your kiddos busy all summer long.

Cool down in style with these printable ice cream cone wrappers! Or learn how to make your own floral ice cubes for all your summer garden parties.

DIY Gold Foil Star Crown

We could have bought one for her as our gift, but what’s the fun in that when you can make it yourself and then have that added special sentiment? We made a template just for it so you can either hand cut it or put it into your craft cutter.

DIY Paper Gold Star crown

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Using the template cut and out as many stars as you will need. The amount of stars you need will vary depending on the size of the head you are creating the stars for. All of the large stars have 3 stars stacked and the small stars are stacked with two.
  2. We used a craft cutter to cut out stars but you can do this with scissors or an x-acto knife.
  3. Once you have the right amount of stars cut out you will gold foil them.
  4. To gold foil the stars you will apply a small amount of gold leaf adhesive, allow 10 seconds to dry and apply a sheet of gold leaf.
  5. Allow 2-3 minutes for the gold leaf to set and then gently brush away using your soft bristle brush.
  6. Repeat step 5 on the other side. If you feel it looks okay you can just cover one side, however, Later on you will turn the edges up slightly which may reveal more color than you would like to see of the back. We covered both sides.
  7. Once all of your stars are foiled you will begin to stack them.
  8. To stack your large stars you will use a variation of three sizes of large stars and to connect them you will use a small dab of hot glue. Be sure you are placing them correctly because if you have to pull it off to replace it it will pull off the gold leaf.
  9. For the small stars you will repeat step 6 however you will only stack 2 of the small ones.
  10. Once all of the stars are stocked correctly you can begin laying them out on top of the string so you can adjust the placement and check that you have enough to make sure you have enough of the stars.
  11. Once they are all positioned correctly you can apply them to the ribbon with a small hot glue dab to the gold ribbon.
  12. Once all the stars are attached you will use a dab of hot glue to connect your ribbon ends, try to strategically place your stars so that the stop where the ribbons overlap is covered by a star.

Would love to see if you make it! Tag us with #LarsMakes so we can take a lookie! 

DIY St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats

DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

How are you celebrating St. Patricks’ Day this year? With a party? Do you need some hats? We got ’em! These DIY St. Patrick’s Day marbled shamrock party hats are surprisingly easy to make and you’ll never guess how we made them. Hint: someone in your house probably has it in their medicine cabinet.

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DIY marbled shamrock party hats

Materials:

    • green card stock
    • foam shaving cream
    • green food coloring
    • craft sticks
    • wax paper
    • scissors
    • green tissue paper
    • green crepe paper
    • green covered floral wire
    • wire cutters
    • glue
    • glue gun
    • hole punch
    • ribbon or elastic
    • template or SVG file and craft cutting machine
    • iron
Steps:
Step 1. Marble your green card stock. To do this, lay out a sheet of wax paper and cover the surface with foaming shaving cream (the cheap stuff works great). Drop green food coloring onto the shaving cream and drag a craft stick around in the shaving cream to create a marbled pattern with the food coloring. Press the craft paper into the shaving cream. Peel craft paper back and wipe excess shaving cream off of the paper with the edge of another craft stick. You can use the same shaving cream and add more food coloring for several sheets of card stock. Allow card stock to dry completely. If card stock ripples you may want to iron it on a low setting to flatten it.
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Step 2. Use template or craft machine to cut party hats out of marbled card stock. Assemble hats using hot glue to keep tab in place.

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3. Cut and fringe 1.5 inch strips of tissue paper and/or crepe paper. Glue fringed strips around the bases of your hats (2-3 times around looks best). Ruffle the fringe with your fingers to give it some dimension.

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4. Cut shamrock shapes out of folded squares of crepe paper. Cut 2 inch segments of covered floral wire. Hot glue one end of a segment of wire to the back of each shamrock. Hot glue a shamrock to the top of each party hat.

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5. Punch a small hole into either side of each hat. Thread elastic or ribbon through the holes to keep the hats in place on your head.DIY marbled shamrock party hats for St. Patrick's Day

Photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour