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Keeping Your Spirit and Passion While Raising a Family: DLX

MotherhoodThe poet and philosopher, George Santayana, once said, “the family is one of nature's masterpieces.”  If this is so; and I believe it is, then how can we nurture and maintain that masterpiece while keeping our individual spirit and passion alive? There is a way to stay connected to your passions and interests even when the vast majority of your daily life is consumed with nurturing others. Over the years, I have found the following helpful because I quickly discovered that when I was feeling happy and engaged with life, I was a happier and more engaged mother; which in turn, created a happier family.

 

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Renaissance Festival Head Bands
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Written by Rebecca   

Our family goes to the Renaissance Festival as a whole family every year. Around here there is a pretty

Renaissance head bands

good one that lasts for a few months, but it's just once a year. It's fantastic. I thought I would make my daughters headbands and wands like the ones that they sell once you get there. I'm quite excited about these because I get to use ribbon and beads! 2 of my favorite things! Here is how to make the headbands:

 

 

 

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I used craft wire for the base of them as I want them to sit on top of my girls head, be comfortable, and I needed it to string through my beads. I also used tulle, ribbon I heat curled, and ribbon. I happen to have heat curled ribbon on hand, as I made up a huge batch one time. I actually think we were doing this for days!

Renaissance headband

Making the curled ribbon is easy. Get yourself some dowels. Whatever size of dowel is the size of curl your ribbon will end up having to it. The larger the dowel, the looser the curl. This works best with grossgrain ribbon. However, I used the regular "Spool O'Ribbon" that you can get anywhere, and they worked just fine for me. I like the look of the grossgrain ribbons, but the price of the Spool O' Ribbons. I have used all different widths of this ribbon and I like the variety of them.

Preheat the oven to 325 F.. Then, you will wrap your ribbon around the dowels until the dowels are covered. Do not overlap the ribbon as it will melt together. Clip the ends of the ribbon with a clothespin. I found that the mini clothespins worked really well for this.

Then, get all of the dowels (with the ribbon wrapped around them) wet. A spray bottle works well for Ren headbandthis, make sure to turn over so that the whole thing is wet. Line the dowels up on a cookie sheet, making sure they are not touching each other. You will "cook" them for 20-25 minutes. Do not overcook or they will burn or change colors. Take them out of the oven and let them cool. Then, spray them all with a stiffener such as Aleene's Quick Stiffen. Let them completely dry and then you will unwrap them from the dowels. I did my huge batch years ago and they are still holding just fine. If you pull on them they will stretch out a little, but I don't think the grossgrain ribbons have this problem. These are what you would use on those cute hairbows for little girls!


I chose which beads I wanted to use for this project, and then arranged them in a bead tray so I could see how long I wanted it and in what pattern.

 

 The tulle was the kind you find in the wedding isle of the craft store. The label is "Tulle Spool". I cut it in 5 inch pieces and then cut each of those pieces in half, as it was 6 inches wide and I only needed about 3 inches. I also cut the coordinating ribbon to 5 inches. For this orange headband I cut 25 white tulle pieces and about 13 pieces of my 2 orange ribbons (so about 26 orange ribbons total).

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 Next, I took my craft wire and cut it to fit my daughter's head, plus about 3 inches. I bent one end, to keep the beads on the wire. Then, I threaded my beads onto my wire. You wont need to fill the whole wire, as you will be putting ribbon in between each bead and that will take up a lot of space. Bend the second end so that the beads can't slip off of either end of the craft wire.

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Push all the beads to one end of the wire. You are now going to start knotting either the tulle or a ribbon, in between each bead. So you will push one bead to the other end of the wire. I started with the tulle and folded it in half (you scrunch the shorted side together and fold the longer side in half).

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Put the looped end of the tulle under the craft wire.

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Grasp the loose ends of your tulle with one hand, and the bent end with your other hand.

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You are going to pull the loose ends of the tulle through the bent end, making sure to be going around the craft wire.

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Then, you just pull that knot tight. This is how the wire looks with one bead and then the knotted tulle.

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Slide one more bead over and then do the same process of tying a knot around the craft wire, but this time with a ribbon. I chose the pattern of bead, tulle, bead, ribbon 1, bead, tulle, bead, ribbon 2.

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I alternated tulle with ribbon. Then, I alternated the ribbon with the darker ribbon and the lighter ribbon. This is what I mean by that. Continue this until you fill your craft wire up.

Renaissance headband

I rechecked the size of this headband and twist the 2 ends of the wire on top of each other at that size. This will leave you with a gap of about an inch, where you are just seeing the twisted ends of your craft wire. This is where you will be tying on your long pieces of ribbon. I used my curled ribbon and just attached it by tying a single regular knot. I varied the length of ribbon on each one you tied on. You can make these as long as you want and add as many as you want until you achieve your desired fullness. My daughter wanted her's to hang all the way down her back so her's are as long as 2 feet!

Renaissance head band

You can see that I added the looser curled ribbon and then some that are tiny. I also threw in some curled ribbons that were white, and some ribbon that was not curled. I really liked the variety on this.

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And here is the one I did for my other daughter! Can you guess their favorite colors?

 

 

 


This project was written by and photos by Rebecca of Roots and Wings Co.  What a talented trio of women they are!

 

Roots and Wings Co. We are two crafty sisters, Rebecca and Anjeanette and our crafty Sister in Law, Katrina. We grew up with traditions, craftiness and stories. We thought it would be fun to share what is in our heads with you. We have lots of ideas in store for you. We hope that our little corner on the web will help you establish roots for your family to grow from, and wings so that you can soar with ideas you get from us.

Visit their blog at: http://rootsandwingsco.blogspot.com/

 

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