DIY Floral Headband

25of365_2015In preparation for an upcoming photo shoot, I’m making pretty floral hair pieces for the girls’ hair.  Today was my first attempt at this, and it went really well and wasn’t that difficult!  I perused Pinterest and YouTube for tutorials on how to do this and watched several to get ideas.  Here’s a step-by-step of what I did:

You will need (all of these were bought at JoAnns with a coupon, but any local craft store should carry these):

  • Silk flowers (various sizes and colors to your liking)
  • Paper covered 18 gauge floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Multi-purpose scissors

*Note: I have 26 gauge (thin) floral wire pictured here as well, but I ended up not using it.

DSC_0858Step 1: Using the wire cutters or scissors, cut the flowers from the long stems, leaving 1-3 inches of stem.  Remove the leaves – generally, I just pulled these off of the stems unless it was a very leafy arrangement.  I put the flowers and leaves in separate piles.

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Step 2: The pieces of wire I bought weren’t quite long enough to go all the way around my head, so I twisted two together. After that, I bent it into a circle and twisted a loop on one end and made a hook on the other.  I left the hook rather long to account for different sizes of heads.

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Step 3: As you can tell, the twisted wires didn’t hold together very well and had somewhat pointy ends, so I wrapped them with a bit of floral tape.  Floral tape is really odd in that it doesn’t feel sticky at all until you start to stretch it.  It will then stick to itself rather nicely.

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Step 4: Lay out your flowers how you think you’d like them to go around your headband.  It took me a few tries to decide how I wanted it to look.  For aesthetic purposes, I recommend using an odd number of flowers.  Also, you can choose to have flowers go all the way around or just part of the way.  I just did part of the way.

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Step 5: Starting with the middle flower, put the stem on top of the headband and pointing towards the back.  Using floral tape, and starting at the base of the flower, wrap the tape around the stem and headband to connect the two.  Continue thusly until you have placed all of the larger flowers.  You may need to point the stems towards the middle to get the flowers to lay properly.

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Step 6: Place leaves and smaller flowers between the larger flowers to your liking, and use floral tape to attach.  I didn’t find this necessary, but you may need to attach thinner floral wire to some of the leaves to give you a base to connect them to the headband.  Note that as you place more flowers/leaves, it will get a little harder to maneuver the floral tape…it’s fine but something to be aware of.

Voila!  A pretty head piece for photo shoots!

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Tulle Skirt for a Photo Shoot!

I’m getting ready to photograph a few of my gorgeous friends in modern glamour style.  In preparation, I’m making tulle skirts, similar to the one I wore during my photo shoot with Sue Bryce.  Today, I made the first of the three that I’ll be making before our shoot (I already have a red one that I made a little over a year ago to use as well).  To make this skirt, I followed the method that Sue used on her blog (here).  Sue’s blog has a great tutorial, but I thought I’d still show you step by step what I did:

You will need:

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  • 30-40 yds of tulle (I used two different colors, just as Sue did to give it some more texture in photos. My tulle came in 40 yd bolts from Paper Mart.  I used beige and ivory for this skirt and had plenty of each left over.)
  • <1 in. wide satin ribbon (I used 7/8″ double-faced ivory ribbon, again from Paper Mart)
  • Thread in a matching color
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Tape Measure

My dress form is one that you can convert to multiple sizes.  Sue mentioned on her blog that she likes to tie the tulle skirts on the hips of her clients – that way the waist is still visible.  I wanted to make sure that this skirt would fit anyone, so I adjusted the hips on the dress form to be the largest it would go (46″ in this case).  Then, I cut a piece of ribbon so long that it would wrap around the hips and then have both ends touching the floor.  This is SUPER long, but it’s great to have that extra length to make the skirt more convertible for different sizes.

I placed the ribbon around the hips of the dress form LOOSELY and pinned it in the back only.  If you don’t pin loosely, then you won’t be able to get the tulle through the ribbon.  For the tulle, I pulled off a length that went from the hips of the dress form to the floor and then doubled it.  I had the dress form set a couple of inches taller than me (to account for tall clients).  The lengths of tulle I cut measured ~90″ total, and I left it doubled as it came off the bolt.  Then, place it behind the ribbon on the dress form, and adjust until both layers are around the same length.  I started in the middle on the front.

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As you can see in the photos above, I alternated tulle colors – every other one was beige then ivory, etc.  I just pulled/measured the length of tulle, gathered it, cut, and placed it as I went.

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You may need to adjust the pins holding the ribbon a few times as you go.  It will get tighter as more and more tulle is looped through it.

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I ended up using 14 total pieces of tulle, but I think I could have gotten away with 12.  It makes the skirt very full, and I adjusted the sections so that they overlapped each other slightly.  Then, you thread a needed and start stitching the layers of tulle and ribbon together all the way around the waist.

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That’s it!  I am showing it here with a simple ivory tank top that’s one size fits all and a cute floral accoutrement that I purchased from Trim Expo Online.  I’m thinking about modifying this tank next weekend by adding tulle to it similar to what Sue did with the corset in her blog post.  That way, if I have two girls where this skirt, one could wear that top, and another could wear a simple fitted tank, and it would look like two different outfits.

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