We are a few weeks away from celebrating the birthdays of Frodo & Bilbo Baggins and the beginning of Autumn - my favorite time of year! We're getting quite excited around here and putting together lots of decorations, planning menus, and gathering recipes so I'll be sharing our progress. This project started in a totally different direction (I was using silk flowers and wire, then it turned into wire and felt flowers, and then Lily had the brilliant idea to make the headband out of felt as well. This girl is a genius.)
She was inspired by two little fairies we added to our garden, saying she wanted green leaves like them, but then later wanted to add a few felt sunflowers. It was really fun to sit down with Lily, listen to her ideas and input, and do this project together.
- Green Felt - 2 sheets
- Felt flowers: store-bought (ours are from hobby lobby) or make your own (found a good tutorial here)
- Hot Glue Gun + Glue
Note: I burned myself about 5 times so definitely, definitely do not let your three year old use the hot glue gun. I considered it because I like to let Lily help and learn how to use tools, but after I burned myself I was really happy I didn't let her use it this time. Maybe in a few years.
- Cut two thin (1/2 inch) strips from the long side of the felt. You'll need to glue these ends together to make the headband, so glue one side together, measure your little's head, trim to fit loosely over their head, and glue the other end together to make a circle.
- Using the rest of the felt, cut leaves (about 2 inches long).
- Using the hot glue gun, put a small dab of glue on the headband and press leaves on, holding them for about 20 seconds or until they feel secure. Repeat until the headband is covered in leaves!
- For the final touch, add a couple of flowers on top of the leaves.
- Pick off any glue strings, and you're all done!
- Wear your crown, walk through a field of lavender, be really cool, etc.
Somebody was so happy with her flower crown and didn't want to stay still for a photo, she just kept twirling and dancing around! What fall/autumn projects do you like to do with your little ones?
This one was so fun and simple - I sure hope you liked it as much as we did!