Posts Tagged ‘zebra’

{diy} ribbon flower headbands


If you’re like me, you just might have a BIG love for flowered accessories. Big, giant flowers! I have a serious love for giant flowers to wear in my hear, on a sash, on my lapel, love, love, love them! My daughter is quick becoming a lover of giant flowers, so I got to work making these zebra print flower headbands for her party guests.

Yup, that’s me. I love how these turned out, so I thought I’d share the process with you, just in case you would like to make one, or 6, of your own!

To start, gather your supplies. You will need ribbon, a needle and thread or a sewing machine, felt, fabric glue or a glue gun and an elastic headband.

Cut approx. 1.5 meters of ribbon. You need to gather your ribbon so your flower has that nice ruffly look. You can do this by hand or on a sewing machine, although sewing machine is faster. To gather your ribbon, sew a running stitch along one side of the ribbon.

Your running stitch should be loose and your stitches should be approx 1/4 inch long. If using a sewing machine, you may only need to increase your stitch length by a couple of settings and set your tension to the lowest setting.

If sewing by hand, keep your stitches approx 1/4 inch long and loose. I would insert the needle up and down through the ribbon multiple times before pulling the thread through, so it looks like this:

This keeps your stitches nice and loose and once you get into a groove, the sewing goes by fairly quickly. Once you have a running stitch along the entire length of the ribbon, gently slide the ribbon along the thread to create the gathers. If you use a sewing machine, you will end up with a tangled, gathered mess of ribbon like this:

Don’t worry, that is just what you want.

Next, cut out two circles of felt approx 3 inches diameter.

Using your fabric glue or glue gun, run a line of glue along the edge of the felt and press the end of your ribbon into place. Do not tug or try to straighten your ribbon, gently smooth out the twists and place the gathers evenly as you press the ribbon into the glue.

Continue gluing the ribbon in a spiral pattern onto the felt, gently smoothing the ribbon and placing the gathers as evenly as possible, until you reach the center.

If you hit the center with excess ribbon, trim the ribbon down to about 1 inch. Fold in the raw edge of the ribbon and secure with glue. This will ensure you have a clean, finished edge at the center of your flower and will prevent the ribbon from fraying. Fold the ribbon backwards so the patterned side of the ribbon is facing out on both sides. Place a dab of glue in the center of the flower and press your fold of ribbon into the glue.

At this point you can leave the flower as is, or you can embellish the center with a button. I chose to leave the centers as is for this flower.

Once you flip your flower over, you will notice the glue seeping through the felt, so you’ll want to cover that up with the second circle of felt. Run a line of glue along the outer edge of the felt backing and gently press the second felt circle on top. Now you have a clean, finished back!

Cut a small rectangle of felt. You will use this to secure the flower to your headband. Place your headband flat along the center of the flower backing. Add a line of glue along both short edges of your felt rectangle and press it onto the flower backing.

This will secure your headband to the flower while still allowing your headband to stretch.

Let set according to the directions on your glue. Most fabric glues require 24 hrs to set; glue gun sets in about an hour.

Wear your ribbon headband with your beautiful smile and proudly declare “I made it!” when asked where you got that lovely flower in your hair!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you! Even if you don’t have a question, leave me a comment, I love comments!

{NEW TO SHOP} zebra diy printable party


The Zebra DIY Printable Party is now in my Etsy shop! A simple collection, perfect for your 9 year old in love with make-up and nail polish or your teen who just wants something cool but not so childish.

All items are customizable, so they can say whatever your teen desires.

The entire collection is now in the shop, available separately so you can pick and choose what you want or need. And because we had so much fun with the speech bubbles, no seriously, see:

I have a whole series of shots of me holding one or two speech bubbles, but I dare not show the rest, instead you can grab the set of four speech bubbles for free on Scribd!

Get the Zebra DIY Printable Party on Etsy!

Get the speech bubbles for free on Scribd!


mini-makeover birthday party


My dearest daughter turns 9 this week. I’m not sure how she is turning 9 because I certainly don’t feel 9 years older, and well, it seems like just yesterday she was but a wee babe in my arms. But 9 she will be so yesterday we invited a few of her girlfriends over to celebrate with a mini makeover birthday party!

Last year she decided she wanted zebra and hot pink decor for her 9th birthday. This past August she decided a party all about make up and nail polish and dressing up was her theme of choice, so we invited her friends to Rowan’s Beauty Bar for mini make overs, mini treats and a mini photo shoot!

We set up a mini make-up station for each guest at the table with standing mirrors and make-up applicators.

A full eye shadow and blush make-up palette with giant blush brushes were set up at both ends of the table.

A selection of nail polish and lipstick were set up on both sides of the table.

A selection of my daughter’s favorite mini treats were displayed in zebra print favor boxes down the center of the table: pink popcorn, pretzels, strawberry and chocolate swirl marshmallows. And a few hot pink cupcakes for good measure.

The girls painted their nails and made up their faces while sipping pink champagne and snacking on sweet nibblies.

Once the girls were made up they enjoyed some time in our photo booth complete with necklaces, boa’s, coloured hair extensions, bracelets, zebra printed pinwheels from Shannon at Twirlie Whirlies and speech bubbles. That’s me having some fun!

During the photo fun the girls grabbed sticks of cotton candy before settling down for some cake!

I tried many new techniques and used many new products for my daughter’s birthday cake this year. In the end, it turned out just as I pictured in my head. The cake was also topped off by a toy zebra with a handmade pink flower on her ear.

I searched through the shelf of toy zebra’s for a she, and this one is definitely a she. I think I love her.

After a little more play and running around (they did consume a lot sugar after all), the girls made their way home with a pink bag full of make-up and their zebra flower headbands.

And a cupcake.

A sweet day for a sweet girl.

Later this week I’ll be posting a couple of quick and easy tutorials for the hanging circle garland (super quick and easy for moms who need it fast!) and for the ribbon flower headbands. The printables will be hitting my Etsy shop this week, if you love them and want them before they hit the shop just send me a message!