DIY Nautical Headband (by presserfoot).
Brass Safety Chain ($1.13/foot) + Elastic = Headband
I purchased 2 feet of chain and used about 14 inches of it (2 strands of 7 inches) & black elastic to make a headband.
I threaded the black elastic through two (or one, if you wish) strands, folded over the end and used a hot glue gun to secure it.
There are huge spools of chain at hardware stores where you have an employee cut a certain amount for you. Make sure you choose a chain that is easy for you to cut/twist apart with pliers or scissors; some of the chains are difficult to trim unless the employee uses the special chain-cutting-machine-thing.
You’ll start by cutting 2 circles from the piece of felt at approximately 2″ in diameter. Form the wires of your halo by molding and bending each piece into a half circle. Lay the two half circles opposite of each other to create a single circle, laying it over the top of your head to check the fit. Wrap floral tape over 2 sections of overlapping wire at 11 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Trim any overlapping pieces with the wire cutters.
Using the wire cutters, cut the stem off the flower making sure the back is flat. Glue one of the felt circles to the back of the flower. Lay the 3 o’clock section of the halo on the backside of the flower. Sandwich the halo between the flower and the second felt circle with plenty of glue. As your pressing the two felt circles together, pull the halo up on its side, making it stand perpendicular to the back of the flower. Insert glue into any openings, making sure the two felt circles are sealed together.
The possibilities are endless with this as you can wrap flowers around half or the entire perimeter of the halo, reinforcing with glue. Or if wearing a halo just isn’t your thing, make a hair pin or brooch by gluing a large bobby pin or a pin back to the back of the first felt cutout.
Your flower halo is ready to wear!