[The DIY Files] crown of velveted blang-blang.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!


white on white on white on black

Thanks to the messy nest of filaments sprouting from my head, I rarely wear anything to cover that shit because it usually tends to go flying off. I lucked out that I found one headband which happens to stay in place, so sprucing it up was the next step, and what better way than to add some lush velvet, rhinestones, and pearls? Thrown on a smattering of studs for good measure as well, and give this showstopper some stage time!

On wards to directions and such…


  • a plain metal or plastic/acrylic headband — make sure it fits snugly since you’ll be attaching quite a few bits and pieces to it.
  • velvet ribbon or scrap velvet fabric
  • E6000 glue or any other waterproof glue
  • scissors
  • brad studs/pearls — these are in the scrapbook materials aisle at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. That way you can easily pierce the fabric when inserting the brad backs.
  • acrylic rhinestones (sew on or glue on kind)
  • pliers for cutting/bending the backings of the studs and pearls
  • optional: scrap lace fabric (or even tulle!) if you want it as a backdrop to the other pieces




1. Taking a measuring tape, run it alongside the headband to measure the minimum length of the velvet fabric needed.

collage headband 2

2. Measure out the same length of fabric on the velvet ribbon, adding 2 inches for wrapping on the ends once the ribbon is on the headband.

3. Cut the measured ribbon accordingly.

4. Lay out the ribbon/velvet fabric and begin adding the pieces of the rhinestones + pearls + studs in a pattern to your liking. I originally thought I’d do something random and irregular, but after looking at the placements I thought a mirrored image would look cooler since the headband itself will be asymmetrical.

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5. Since these are all brad-backed (or buttons, like the large rhinestone flower on the right), taking the pliers, cut off any excess backing that would keep the glue from adhering to the velvet.


6. Arrange your design with the pieces you have. You DON’T have to use everything all at once!

collage velvet 2

7. If you’re including the lace fabric, you can glue on the fabric with small dots before attaching the studs and pearls.

8. Using the brads on the larger pieces, pierce through the fabric, pull through the back, and fold over to secure. When adding the rhinestones, dab a small amount of the E6000 to the back of the rhinestones, attach, and hold in place for a few minutes to secure the hold. Wait about an hour to allow the glued portions to cure before moving on.


9. Taking the E6000, dab some alongside the outer edge of the headband in small increments. As you put the glue on, place the velvet ribbon fabric on and hold with wooden clips or binder clips. Continue until the ribbon/fabric is glued onto the entire length of the headband.




10. Once the main component of the ribbon/fabric is dried, fold the corners on each end of the head band, dab some glue on the fabric, and pin closed. This way you can avoid having the corners poking into your flesh.




all laid out and nowhere to go. yet.



Thanks to Snow-pacalypse II here in Houston, going to the office may be a logistical nightmare so this headband will just be my tiara around the house. While studying. And making some more projects from The DIY Files.

Until we return to meteorological normalcy…

– Nita


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