How to Make a Children's Headpiece with Tin Foil & Ribbon
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Use colored craft tin foil so your little fashionista's tiaras match her costumes.

You could make a trip to the local costume shop for some brand new dress-up accessories for your kiddo, but why not make your own at home, show off your recycling savvy and save some money at the same time? Start with some simple headpieces for your youngster and see where your imagination takes you from there. Just think -- new additions for dress-up play and you didn’t have to deal with mislabeled prices, missing price tags, out-of-stock items or the dreaded candy bar stash at the front of the store.


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    Measure around your little gal’s head and add about 3 to 4 inches to the circumference.
  2. 2
    Roll out the tin foil and cut a piece according to the measurement above. Roll up the foil so it makes a long, thin band. If you're pressed for time, just squish the foil into the long, thin shape instead. (You never know -- the squeezing action may even act like a stress ball for some much overdue stress relief.)
  3. 3
    Bring the ends of the foil together, overlap them by at least an inch and then twist the ends to hold them together. Now you've got the basic band for a head wreath.
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    Unravel a spool of ribbon and measure up about 12 inches from one end and wrap the ribbon around the twisted foil ends here.
  5. 5
    Wrap the ribbon around the foil, all the way around the foil wreath. You can coil the ribbon tightly to hide the foil beneath, or coil it loosely to let the foil show through. Leave an extra 12 inches of ribbon and cut.
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    Tie the ribbon ends together in a bow and voila -- a magical head wreath fit for any fairy!
  7. 7
    Measure out 12 inches of foil and cut. Roll the foil up tightly to make a long, thin band. Bring the ends together and twist to form a circle. Now you already have the band for the tiara.
  8. 8
    Cut a 17-inch piece of foil and roll it up just like the first but don't shape this one into a circle.
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    Measure 2 1/2 inches from one end of the rolled foil and bend the foil to make an upside down “V” with one long side. Measure over another 4 inches along the foil and bend it here to make another “V” shape. Measure over 4 inches and repeat. Don't worry -- you're almost done with all the bending. Measure over 2 inches and bend just one last time. Now you have the pointy tines for the tiara.
  10. 10
    Twist the ends of the pointy tines around the circle band of the tiara to attach the two pieces together.
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    Cut three pieces of ribbon, each about 6 inches long. You could leave the tiara just how it is, but why not show off what an adorable tiara you can make with some ribbon adornments?
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    Tie one piece of ribbon into a bow around each tiara point. That's it -- you've made a delightful and original little tiara for your kiddo in less time than it would take to get through the checkout aisle at the store.

Things You'll Need

  • Tin foil
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue (or hot glue gun and glue sticks)
  • Fairy
  • Head
  • Wreath

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Categories: Education and Communications

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