Retro-Upgrade: Metal Pin Headbands

Hey all,

This was a craft, once again, inspired by mi familia! I was very fortunate to receive all of my great-aunt’s metal pins. I couldn’t imagine, in their original state, what I could possibly do with them. I’m not a pin or brooch kind of gal, so I certainly wasn’t going to wear them as-is. But I also wasn’t willing to part with them. It became quickly apparent that though I’m not a brooch kind of gal, I am a headband wearing fiend. I love outlandish, fascinator-eque headbands with flowers, pearls, and feathery fluff. It’s rare that I go anywhere without a bun and a headband. So why not make a few of my own out of these awesome, adorable pins?

During my run for Christmas crafting supplies, I stopped in the beading/adornment section of my local craft store. I zeroed in on the satin covered headbands. Though I do have a few headbands with the metal base, when I wear these with my glasses, my head hates me for it. So I figured I would go with the most comfortable option. After choosing two thin (about a half inch wide) and one wide (one inch wide) bands, I headed home and got to work.

Seems easy, right?

Seems easy, right?

At first, I thought this craft would take me less than ten minutes. But of course, nothing is as it seems. I used the pin back and stuck in into the headband. It seemed to work, and in the above picture it looks fine, but I wasn’t impressed. Wearing the headband, I could feel the pin slide about and shake whenever I moved. Not happy with that, since I would be in constant motion at work wearing these. AND, if you look closely, you still see the shiny gold pinbacks. Not impressed. Needless to say, I had to change my strategy.

I took the pin off of the headband and thought for a bit. I wanted the headband to fit flush against the headband, as to remove any moving or shaking. This required my hand strength to twist and move the pins, pulling off the clasps without harming the actual pin. You have to be VERY careful because sometimes they are assembled as one piece, so you break one part, the pin disintegrates. But after you remove the pin clasp, a simple application of a TON of hot-glue and some stable holding, you’ve got some great new headbands.

And voila! Adorable headbands that are sure to make all my little girl students jealous.

And voila! Adorable headbands that are sure to make all my little girl students jealous.

I decided to group a few of the pins that were smaller and similarly colored. They’ll go great with my super colorful outfits. The black and white headband has a HUGE flower, so unless I wanted to feel like I had a massive amount of weight on top of my head, I wasn’t going to add anything to it. I’m pretty excited about these guys, but now I can’t decide which to wear first!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS- The headband bases cost less than $5 (coupons, coupons!). So with glue and the pins, this was a really easy, affordable project!

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The Little Things {Ch-Ch-Changes}

I’m on a blogging roll!

So, as I wrote about in my last post, we’ve received a “new to us” loveseat for free. This required a room shift and a rearrange. Plus, it was an excuse for me to try and accessorize our family room a bit more. Remember when I wrote about my furniture placement ADD? It’s amazing that I hadn’t moved the furniture in that room to begin with, but let’s be real. There are a lot of wires and connections for the TV, Blu Ray, DVD, Cable, Xbox, etc..etc.. that I was not about to fiddle with for fear of ruining something. Though, leaving the tv where it is, I was able to move some things around on my own.

I had searched for the dimensions of the loveseat online before we picked it up and had a general idea of where I would like it to go, so I set up the room and moved some of the furniture. I had to scoot the couch over to make room for the depth of the loveseat, which shifted the two chairs, army chest, and side tables. I had originally planned to sell my cute mid-century modern tiled table, but I just can’t seem to let it go.

Tiled table’s new home.

It now has a happy home next to the couch. And remember that doll house furniture from my king-sized post? It’s made it’s way downstairs to be the other side table for our couch.

Side tables anchoring the couch and…what else do you see? Some beautiful lamps!

Our bedroom is now sans nightstand and lamps, but it was definitely worth the trouble. I love that the lampshades coordinate with the pillows and the curtains. Now the lamps are actually being used and the nightstand has a fifth life (it started in my dorm room 4 years ago as a refrigerator stand). Plus, now that I’ve totally flubbed the dye job for the new loveseat, the pacific blue covers that are being shipped will look great with everything else. And even in my OCD world, I actually really like that the side tables don’t match. Maybe I’m mellowing out? Doubtful but a girl can dream, can’t she?

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS- I REALLY appreciate those of you that read this. It makes me so excited, I just can’t handle it 🙂