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Creative Headbands

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Creative Headbands
Swap Coordinator:charophyta (contact)
Swap categories: Crafts  Accessories  Handmade 
Number of people in swap:9
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:July 18, 2011
Date items must be sent by:August 8, 2011
Number of swap partners:2
Description:

Let's make some awesome headbands and send at least 2 headbands to each of your 2 partners! (That means you're required to make at least 4 headbands total. But don't worry, they're easy!)

I just made some of these for the Little Girl or Big Girl Fun Handmade Hair swap hosted by 28skbailey. I loved it, it was really easy and they look so nice compared to any headbands I'd find in a store! I really want to keep making more of these! The picture shows some that I made.

(I don't use ponytail holders or other types of hair stuff as much though, so let's just stick to the headbands for this swap. That way everyone who signs up to do this will know they'll be getting something they can use. As I don't have any kids, I'm making this swap assuming that the headbands will be made for your adult swap partner to wear. However, if your partner has kids and you prefer to make little girl headbands, you may discuss this with your partner.)

Suggestions for how to make them:

  1. Get a bunch of plain headbands. They can be the cheap plastic ones, it doesn't matter what they look like. (You can get them cheap at dollar tree, walmart, etc.)

  2. Cover headbands in fabric, yarn, ribbon, decorative duct tape, etc. You might want to sew them or something, but I'm just using glue. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it would be possible to decoupage the flat, wide ones, using patterned scrapbook paper, magazine cutouts, etc. If you're using fabric to cover them, you could try decorating them with fabric paint/fabric markers.

  3. If desired, attach embellishments such as: buttons, beads, glitter, feathers, sparkly jewels, silk flowers, sequins, bows, stones, crystals, charms, little things made of felt or foam, old pieces of jewelry, random found objects, or whatever else you can think of!

It doesn't take long to sit down and make a whole bunch of them. So go ahead and experiment with making different types, and then you can decide which ones you will send to your partners and which ones you want to keep for yourself!

You don't have to stick to my suggestions. Make them however you want, let your imagination run wild! They just have to be A) headbands and B) creative... as the swap title says! They don't have to be covered in tons of wild bling if you're not into that, they can be simple. A plain plastic headband covered in nice fabric looks great! There must be some craft component though, DO NOT send store-bought headbands that you have not altered in any way.

Please only send something that you would actually wear in public. ;)

Discussion

Jillgill 07/ 6/2011 #

Cant wait to stat working on this one!!!!

Angrychickenknits 07/ 8/2011 #

I love headbands but have never made any! I'm super excited about this! I can't wait to start creating!

thefancyladygourmet 07/ 9/2011 #

are we making them to our partners likes? like profile based i think it would be nice to make something we know our partner would like

charophyta 07/ 9/2011 #

I'm not going to require these to be profile based. For me, it will be fun to get any headband that someone made... I will be able to use it and I bet it will be better than any store bought one I could find! I want everyone to be able to get creative and express themselves here, so don't feel like you have to make these a specific way to please your partner.

That said... of course, it is ALWAYS a great idea to check your partner's profile. I think anyone who is going to take the time to send out a package of handmade headbands is hoping that their partner will like them and will actually wear them! So I definitely recommend that you check your partner's profile. Maybe your partner's favorite colors, likes/dislikes, interests, etc. will help inspire you to create them!

Anyone who joins this swap is welcome to post specific preferences here in the comments.

But don't give low ratings for a headband that's not your style. As long as you receive at least 2 headbands that have some handmade/craft component, you are obligated to rate a 5.

jessmusumarra 07/12/2011 #

I love to make headband, so happy I found this swap! I will talk to my partner to check preference, but I like to make them both out of the plastic headbands and the elastic type ones as well.

charophyta 07/12/2011 #

YAY! Oh, on the elastic ones... you can make those IF you partner wants those, but let me just say that I am not into the elastic headbands, they feel weird on my head and won't stay on, keep sliding back. So if you get me I'd prefer to get the sturdier U-shaped ones, not the stretchy elastic loop types. :)

UrMom1968 07/19/2011 #

Please no hard plastic headbands for me, I prefer soft elastic, thanks ;)

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