A friend of mine recently attended a speakeasy themed event at her pharmacy school, sparking THIS post and subsequent DIY project. She sent me a photo of her dress, and then I created a headband to match. This is an easily customizable accessory to create, so don't be afraid to switch out materials or use what you already have on hand to create the perfect piece for your event.
Stretchy elastic sequin trim
Small piece of cardboard (shop your recycling bin!)
Decorations: Rhinestones, sequins, beads, jewelry findings, scrapbook embellishments, etc.
Felt in a matching color (optional)
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun
First, measure how big your headband needs to be. Don't forget that this type of headband is worn across the forehead. Cut your sequin elastic to the necessary length.
Overlap your sequin elastic by one inch and sew the ends together, securing any loose sequins on the ends. This part doesn't need to look perfect, as it will be covered up in a later step.
Cut your cardboard into a half-circle shape about 3 to 4 inches across. This will be the base for your embellishments.
Using hot glue, attach feathers to the cardboard around the outside of the semi-circle with the points to the inside. Make sure the cardboard is completely covered.
It will kind of look like a feather duster. Hold it up to your head and look at the proportions in the mirror. If it feels too large (which, really, how could it be? Bigger is always better!), carefully trim the ends of the feathers.
Lay out your embellishments and decide on a pattern. Make sure to cover up the ends of the feathers, but be careful not to put anything past the end of your cardboard base.
Hot glue those suckers on.
Find the spot on your headband where it was sew together. Glob on the hot glue and attach your feather fan-piece at a slight angle.
To finish your piece, cut a piece of felt to the same size and shape and your cardboard and glue it on to cover up the back of your cardboard and your headband's meeting spot. I had to skip this step, since I was in a hurry to get this piece in the mail and didn't have the right color felt, but this step will make your headband look more finished and the felt will help keep your headband in place against your hair.
Here I am with the fan facing downwards...
…and the beautiful Miss Erica wearing it facing upwards with the rest of her costume.
These headbands are so easy to create and fun to customize. They are so versatile as a costume piece and can give a twenties feel to a regular dress if you ever need a last minute flapper costume!
Have you ever been to a "Gatsby" party? Did you try out this DIY? I would love to hear about your costume :) Leave a comment and let me know!