Fun Hair Accessories for the Fourth

What better way to show your patriotism this Independence Day than to wear it? Sure, you can put on red, white and blue, but show off your true U.S.A. spirit by decorating your hair with these glam, easy-to-make accessories.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that you wait for all the glue to dry before you put the accessories in your hair!

Star Barrettes

Pulling your hair back this 4th of July? Do it in style with cute star barrettes. They’ll match a patriotic outfit, and you’ll be reppin’ the 50 states, too!

What you’ll need:
Plain metal barrette clips, red, white and blue sheets of felt, a ruler or straight edge, a pencil, glue gun or other strong glue, glitter glue.

1. For the barrettes, draw two stars on two different colors of felt (red, white or blue) with a pencil. Both should be pretty small, but make one a little bit larger than the other. The larger one should be a little bigger than the end of the barrette with the hinge (the side that doesn’t open up).
2. Cut out the stars.
3. Glue the small star onto the large star so that the larger one forms an outline around the smaller one. Make sure you don’t glue the barrette closed.
4. When those stars are dry, glue the bottom of the felt to the top of the barrette, on the side with the hinge.
5. Outline both the small and large stars in gold glitter glue.

Flag Stripe Headband
Keep those bangs out of your face while watchin’ fireworks on the 4th with a super cute flag-striped headband. Or, just sport it as a fash accessory.

What you’ll need:
A plain headband, red ribbon (about ¾ inch to 1 inch), white ribbon (about ¾ inch to 1 inch), scissors, glue gun or other strong glue. Optional: felt, ruler or straightedge, beads.

1. Cut a piece of each of the red and white ribbons that is much longer than the distance around the headband. You want to make sure you don’t run out before you’re done, so you might want to cut up to two and a half feet of each color ribbon.
2. Glue the end of the white ribbon on the inside of the headband at one of the ends, and glue the end of the red ribbon right next to the white one. Wait for this glue to dry before continuing.
3. With both colors in hand, wind the ribbon around the headband so that there is not extra space in between the ribbon and the headband. This will form alternating color stripes. Continue to do this until you get to the end.
4. When you have covered the whole headband, glue each of the ribbons to the inside of the other end. Cut off any excess ribbon.
5. If you want to continue decorating, wait for the glue to dry and then you can cut out and glue on blue felt stars, or add patriotic-themed beads to the top or sides of the headband.

By: Vanessa Junkin


7/2/2010 10:01:00 AM