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DIY: Trendy washi headbands for girls

Nichole Beaudry strives to capture the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments with her children. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas and her master’s in English from California State Un...

Washi… it’s a wrap!

Your little girl will love this fun washi tape craft that takes her boring headbands and turns them into hair accessories that her friends will love with just a handful of inexpensive supplies.
Washi headband

Washi tape is turning up all over the place as a great craft item... but how can you use it? We love the cute washi tape crafts we've been seeing all over the internet — and this one is a great craft for kids, too.

Supplies:

  • Smooth, plastic headbands
  • 2 (or more!) rolls of washi tape for each headband (Look for these two packs with coordinating colors at your local craft store.)
  • Scissors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A young assistant

Washi tape headband

Directions:

  1. Have your assistant wipe the plastic headbands thoroughly with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue that might prevent washi tape from adhering well.
  2. Allow headbands to dry completely.
  3. Cut a piece of washi tape that's just long enough to wrap around the headband and overlap slightly.
  4. Have your assistant stick one edge of the tape to the underside of the headband and wrap it around the headband, smoothly gently as she goes. (If your headbands have little teeth to hold them in place, simply cut the tape so that it butts up against the teeth and use your fingernail to create a tight seal at the base of the teeth.)
  5. Repeat with second piece of washi tape in a coordinating color. (If you're using wide washi tape and if you struggle to get it to lay flat with no buckling, simply create darts at the end of the tape so that it wraps nicely.)
  6. Have your assistant alternate between the 2 colors however she desires to create a pattern of her liking until she has worked her way to the other end of the headband.
  7. Gently rub your finger over the entire headband, paying special attention to the areas in which the washi tape meets, to create a smooth, tight seal.

Tip:

  • If your child will be using these washi headbands on wet hair, you can easily make them water resistant by finishing them off with a thin coat or two of Mod Podge. Simply paint on and allow to dry completely before wearing.
Image credit: Nichole Beaudry

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