When it comes to doll accessories, headbands are essentials. They can be made from just about anything and they really help pull an outfit together. When it comes to craft supplies, you can never go wrong with a roll of Duck Tape. Honestly, you can make just about anything for your dolls with it (just type in Duck Tape in our search box and you will see – lots of good things). So let’s put the two together!
Now how cute is that? Paisley looks sweet with a pop of color and fun print in her hair as the finishing touch to her Be-You-Ti-Ful outfit.
Supplies you will need:
- Duck Tape – any color, any pattern will do!
- Felt – coordinate this to your Duck Tape – if you are using solid Duck Tape, pick patterned felt – patterened Duck Tape, stick with solid felt
- Ponytail holders
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue – you can use hot glue or no glue if you prefer
- Embroidery Floss – optional
- Sewing Needle – optional
- Velcro Dots – optional
Let’s start with making the headband. Now you can make a bajillion of these in every color Duck Tape you have and use them as it – they look great and you can make them in just a few minutes.
Step 1 – Cut a piece of Duck Tape approximately 12″ long
Step 2 – Lay it on your work surface, sticky side up. Fold one edge over (about 1/3 of the way) then fold the other side over so you have a band, but no sticky left showing.
Step 3 – Fold one end of the band into a ponytail holder and fold a 1″ flap over. You will want the side without the overlap on the outside.
Step 4 – Take a small piece of Duck Tape and wrap it around the band to secure the loose end.
Step 5 – Repeat on the other side so that you form a complete circle.
You may have to do some tweaking to the length of the band depending on the size of the ponytail and the size of your doll’s head.
Paisley looks great with the plain headband on, but with a little creativity, we can make this headband even more special.
Duck Tape bows are super easy to make and a bow will really finish off this headband nicely.
Step 1 – Cut a piece of Duck Tape about 8″ long. Fold the ends toward the center so no sticky will show. You can really make this as long or short as you would like – it just depends on the size of your doll.
Step 2 – Fold the rectangle lengthwise a few times like a fan. Cut a small piece of Duck Tape to wrap around the center of the bow. Feeling adventurous – use a coordinating color for the center piece of tape.
Step 3 – If you attach a self adhesive piece of Velcro to both the headband and the bow, then you can have make lots of bows and add-ons then mix and match them to your doll’s outfits. If you do not want to use the velcro method, you can glue the bow onto the headband or use a bit of embroidery floss and a needle and tack the bow to the headband with just a few stitches.
Oh the cuteness!!
Now for my favorite add on! This looks super complicated, but this little felt flower is the easiest thing ever to make!
Step 1 – Cut a strip of felt about 6″ long by 3/4″ wide. The longer and wider you cut the felt the bigger your flower will be. You will want to experiment with this a bit. Fold the felt strip long ways and you can run a thin line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue along one side to help keep your felt folded in half while you work with it.
Step 2 – Cut every 1/4″ or so all along the folded edge of your felt. Do not cut all the way to the other side – leave just enough on the other side to keep the flower together.
Step 3 – Put a small dot of glue on one end of the felt strip and start rolling the felt strip up. You can put a drop or two of glue on felt every so often as you are rolling it – just to help it stay put.
Step 4 – Once the felt is rolled up, finish it off with a drop of glue or use your embroidery floss and a needle to put a stitch there to hold it closed.
Step 5 – Cut out a small circle of felt and glue it to the bottom of the flower. Again, you can put a few stitches in now if you feel like it needs it.
Step 6 – Attach a Velcro dot to the flower and then connect it to the headband. If you prefer, you can permanently attach it to the headband using embroidery thread and a needle.
Paisley made Julie a matching headband for her birthday today! Speaking of Julie’s birthday, if you have any photos of your Julie celebrating her birthday today, send them in – I will be putting up a Julie birthday post later today.
So, how did you like this craft? It really is a quick one and you can make them using materials you probably already have on hand. I have more combinations I want to try and have some adorable Scotty Dog Duck Tape that I think definitely needs to be made into a headband!
Have a great afternoon!