May 7, 2012

DIY Headband or Jewelry Holder Tutorial

As I mentioned the other day, I made a headband holder for Maeva inspired by one I saw on Shanty 2 Chic. I read their tutorial, but after some complications trying to find the supplies they used (read: searching Hobby Lobby & Lowe's for nearly 3 hours and ending up with only 1/2 the supplies I needed, despite 4 workers helping me), I decided to try a different direction. I was talking to Leisha on Twitter and she told me about an alternate version her mom made, so I decided to try some of her suggestions instead, and it was much easier. Thanks for the tips Leisha!
--finial ($2.99 at Michael's)
--9" candlestick ($3.99 at Michael's)
--wood oval (less than $1 at Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
--wooden craft circles (about $2 for a 4 pack at Hobby Lobby or Michael's)
--1" square dowel cut about 12" long (I bought this at Lowe's and they cut it for me for free - I just had them cut it in 3 sections)
--hot glue & glue gun
--spray paint
First things could I forget to mention the fact that you need a handsome assistant? :) Manny is all about helping these days, and was all too eager to climb up to the table to help me when I got the supplies out. I let him play with everything and stack the pieces for awhile before I put it together, and he had a grand ole' time. He's such my little buddy and I love it.
1. To begin, I used pliers and a screwdriver to pry this metal piece out of the candlestick. I possibly could have left it in there, but I don't think the dowel would have sat as flat on it.
2. Cover the base of the candlestick with hot glue and stick on the wooden oval. Press firmly for a few seconds until it sets.
3. Cover the end of your dowel with hot glue and stick a wooden circle on each end, holding until glue is set.
4. Put hot glue on the center of your dowel, and press it down on the top of the candlestick. It will not fit exactly, but once the glue is dried it is sturdy and the size difference doesn't bother me in the long run.
5. Put hot glue along the outer edges of the finial. Again, it will be a little wider than your dowel but once the glue sets it is secure.
6. And there is your fully assembled product. You can see what I mean about the sizes not matching exactly on the candlestick, finial, and dowel, but it really doesn't bother me. The other version I linked to is more exact, so if this is something that would bother you I would try their tutorial out.
7. Finish it off with your favorite color of paint, and you're done!

The place I got this idea from also showed it used as a jewelry/necklace holder, and I think that's a great idea as well. I have leftover circles and dowels because of the quantities they were sold in, so I just might have to pick up another candlestick, finial, and oval base to make one for myself.

Happy crafting! :)

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  1. I have been looking for weeks for something like this for our little girl on the way! This is perfect!

    Thanks for the tutorial!!

  2. LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! I think I will make one very soon. Thanks so much

  3. That's adorable!!!!!!! And it looks so simple-great idea:)

  4. This is the cutest thing..I may try it as a bracelet holder. Thanks for the easy DIY;) Are you still preggers???

  5. Love it! Looks pretty simple! Would it be tall enough to hang necklaces on?

    Also, what picture editor do you use to make your picture collages?

  6. Looks amazing!! You're so talented girl!

  7. Thanks for posting this! I'm definitely going to attempt one of these ... Much better option than in a heap on the dresser.

    Looking forward to seeing your sweet baby girl!

  8. This is so cute! I definitely need to make this for my friend! Love your blog and I am your newest follower. xo


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