Remember our Aunt Rochelle?
The aunt that you wanted for yourself?
The one who sends the circus ensembles complete with matching shirts, pants, dresses, cardigans and even sunglasses.
Well, that amazing Aunt Rochelle, she also sends headbands to match every single outfit she’s ever bought for the circus.
She’s pretty much any little fashionista’s dream.
She is 100% the reason why the kid wins best dressed at preschool every year.
Well, there really isn’t an award for that, but if there was, she’d have it in the bag.
While the circus will wear, and love, every shirt, shorts, dress, sunglasses and everything else Aunt Rochelle sends, she isn’t always a fan of the headbands.
So I had a brilliant idea when I made her dress-up station.
I would also make a DIY headband holder so the circus would easily spot her headbands and in theory, want to wear them.
By the time I got to this addition of the dress-up station, funds were low, so I was scrounging around for cheap materials for this. I managed to make it for about $5 total – and you’re never going to believe what I used for the actual headband holder part…
*Ignore the Mod Podge in the image – I ended up not needing it.
- Paper Towel Roll, preferably about 1/2 – 3/4 used. (yep, not kidding.)
- Wood Base / Plaque (mine came from Michael’s – don’t forget to use a coupon!)
- 5/8″ dowel – cut down to about 8 inches or so. You can easily make it shorter or taller if you wish, just cut the dowel accordingly.
- Wood Glue
- Drill and Drill Bits
- Gold Spray Paint or another color of your choice
- Fabric – about a 24″ inch square or so. You’ve probably got scrap laying around you can use. This is the material I used.
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-Acto Knife
Mark the center of your wooden plaque. Attach a drill bit that is the same size as the wooden dowel and drill a hole through the wooden plaque where you marked the center.
After you have cut your dowel down to your desired size, place a little wood glue around the bottom of the dowel and insert it into the hole that you just made.
Wipe away any excess glue from around the edges and let it dry for about 30 minutes.
While the glue is drying, cut a hole in the center of the paper towel roll using the X-Acto Knife. You want to go through one side of all the paper towels and the cardboard roll in the middle, but not all the way through the roll.
I found it easiest to punch a hole through the roll with the knife first and then kind of carve out the circle.
Spray paint the wooden base and dowel.
While the base and dowel are drying, wrap your fabric around the paper towel roll. Start by hot gluing an edge onto the paper towels where you made the hole and then wrapping around the other edge. Put a small line of hot glue along the edge that will be seen and fold it over so you have a clean edge, then hot glue that onto the paper towel roll just covering your first edge.
Use scissors to cut a small hole in the fabric where the hole in your paper towel roll is. For the ends of the fabric, put a little hot glue inside the paper towel roll edges, then just shove the material into the edges.
After the base and dowel is dry, slide the covered paper towel roll onto the dowel.
And ya know what…the kid still doesn’t wear all her cute headbands.
She wants me to wear them instead.
Most days, you can find me sporting a huge pink bow on my head.
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