With just a little help from a crafty adult, kids can turn a plain elastic headband into a sweet feminine accessory, perfect for girls big or small.Jessica Kesterson, Living the Swell Life
Print and cut out the ruffled rose pattern. Using a marker, trace the flower pattern onto wool felt. Repeat five times then cut out flowers. Tip: Stack two layers of felt to make tracing and cutting a more efficient process.
Set aside one flower to use as the base. Fold remaining four flowers into quarters, these will be the finished rose's ruffled petals.
Holding the four folded quarters in one hand, use your opposite hand to apply a dime-sized amount of hot glue to the center of the base flower. Arrange petals over the glue, with folded corners touching the center of the flower. Tip: It should resemble a four-leaf clover. While the glue is still warm, insert thumbs and forefingers into each petal section and pinch all four corners together. This will puff up the flower, adding dimension and a ruffled look.
Add a dot of hot glue to the flower's center and top with a decorative button. For a button with holes, use a needle and thread to sew it in place, after hot glue has completely cooled.
Cut an additional circle of felt slightly smaller than the back of the flower. Holding the circle in one hand, add a blob of hot glue and place the headband on top. Next add another blob of hot glue, flip the flower upside down and make a sandwich with the headband and felt circle. Tip: If you wish, you can further embellish the finished headband with a bit of vintage lace or additional smaller flowers. Try re-creating this pattern with different fabrics, extra layers of felt, etc.