Monday, January 10, 2011

Upcycled Belt Headband

 I recently cut my hair short - pixie short - and while I absolutely LOVE it (so easy to take care of!), sometimes it looks pretty manly.  Usually a good headband will pretty things up.

The only problem is, little hands like to play with my headbands and usually end up breaking them.  I finally gave in this last week and made one myself:

If it looks a little familiar, I took the concept from the marvelous Disney of Ruffles & Stuff's Lauren Headband Tutorial.  The biggest difference is....I made mine from an old belt!

Seriously, SO EASY.  And fast, too!
As you can see here, I just cut a portion of the belt and rounded the corners, then cut a slit in each end (like Disney did with her headbands), and instead of elastic I used a piece from one of those stretchy headbands.  You know, the kind that never seem to stay least they don't for me.  But they work perfectly for this headband...I've pretty much been wearing it non-stop since I made it Friday.

What I really love about this headband, besides not having to cut straight lines like in Disney's tutorial (pretty sure I failed that part of Kindergarten), is that I didnt have to do ANY gluing.  The cute little bow is just another piece of the belt, folded in, and that loop is the loop right next to the belt buckle that you tuck your belt into before you put it through the belt loop on your pants.

Of course, there was some length of the belt left over - not enough for another headband, but enough for

a bracelet!

I'm still not sure about the bracelet - sometimes I look at it and absolutely love it, other times I just want to take it off and hide it.

Maybe if I used skinnier ribbon?  Hmm...

(Oh, and I did trim the edges of the ribbon and add Fray Check so they arent quite so hideous.)

I'm entering this headband into the Crafting with the Stars contest!  Click the button above and go check out all the awesome projects so far!

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  1. I love both of these. such a great idea.. thanks for sharing... following.

  2. Oh, thanks for the idea! I have a hair just like you and sometimes it is a bit diggicult to handle (especially because we do not have a running water!). That will help. I just put a belt aside to wait for taking it to garage sale, not waiting for it anymore!!:D

  3. That's such a beautiful headband, and you look fantastic.

  4. Cute! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter:)

  5. I LOVE this. Thanks for sharing! Found you on Night Owl Crafting.

  6. CUTE!!! Love this idea. I heart upcycling inventive!

  7. Love this idea! My daughter has some belts that would work great for this.

  8. Such a great idea! I will have to try this out.

  9. i would love for you to link up this cute headband to my hair crap party

  10. Cassidy,
    LOVE the headband! I'm a headband lover! Way to go on a great upcycle project :)
    happy crafting!