6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
I have been making a handful double sided fabric headbands lately and wanted to share a few ways you can style them. Sometimes it can be hard to envision how something might look unless we have a good visual of it so here are six ways that you can wear this headband. If you have styled your headband a different way, please share! You can link here in the comments or tag me and use #happytogetherbyjess on social media to share. A big thanks to my friend Dorothy for modeling for me!

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 1.
Let’s start with the wrap around way pictured above. It’s really easy to do.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Tease the top back of your hair if you like for a little added oomph. Put the headband on like in the picture above.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Starting with the hair closest to your face, wrap over the headband. Keep adding more and more hair as you wrap it.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Once it is all wrapped, fuss with it a bit to get it nice and even if needed and use bobby pins to hold stray hair in place.

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Number 2.
You can do the hair wrap around with just the top half of your hair for a slightly different look.

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Number 3.
Adding a headband when wearing your hair up in a bun takes that bun to a new level. A better level. This is great for those days when your hair might not be at the top of its game, but you want a little more than just a plain ol bun.

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Number 4
. Add a headband to your ponytail style!

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Number 5.
Braids are still super in right now and you can add a headband to many of the styles. I did a simple dutch braid (which is like a reverse french braid) on my friend. As you can see, my braiding skills are not the greatest, but I’m working on it haha.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 6.
Plain and simple. Wear it with your hair down. Pull out some hair in the front for a side swept bang look (even if you don’t have long bangs you can do this).

Be inspired as you wear your headband now and if you haven’t made one yet try one out. There is an adult size and a child size pattern available.

-Jess

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Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
It’s almost time for full Christmas mode! I have some ornament ideas I have been wanting to try and just made this one last week. So I bring to you the Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY.


Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together I designed the merry and bright image on a piece of paper with a pencil and sharpie. Then I scanned it into my computer and brightened/contrasted it in PSE so the lines would be easy to be defined. I made sure to shrink the file size and then easily uploaded it into Cricut Design Space™. One day I do plan on learning Illustrator and all, but I wanted to show you that anyone can create their own custom image and do amazing things with it even with minimal tools.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
To make one yourself you will simply need:

  • A plastic light bulb ornament (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Explore™ and Weeder tool
  • Choice of material for hanging (I used fabric strips, ribbon, and leather)
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Save the image and then upload it into Cricut Design Space™ and create the size you need it to be to fit. Mine was roughly 3″ x 2″. Cut it out and then remove all the extra vinyl using the weeder tool.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Cut a piece of transfer taper that is about the same size and peel off the backing. *Pin is there to show you how small the Explore cut!*

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Stick transfer tape on top of image and rub over vinyl.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Peel transfer tape off. The vinyl should be sticking to it. If it has spots where it isn’t, put back on and rub on that spot to help it stick.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Then stick image on light bulb ornament. I will admit, it’s a bit tricky. Take your time because you are putting a flat image on a curved item. I had to rearrange a few places to make it not overlap. If it is too frustrating, you can leave some of the design off like I did in the second picture in this post.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
If you want to add some sparkles to the inside, rub some glue on the sides and sprinkle confetti or glitter on. Put ornament back together and add a ribbon, etc. to hang it with.

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Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together This would be a great idea for your tree or if you are involved in an ornament exchange this year. Let me know if you make one or it inspires you to create something of your own :) And, so you know, I will be back with a good deal for the Cricut Explore on Black Friday. So be on the lookout! -Jess

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

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Six Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

Six Christmas Tree Decorating Tips | happy together This post goes along with my Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge Reveal and I want to share six Christmas tree decorating tips I learned from putting this together along with other tips I picked up over the years. Most of these can apply to any real or faux trees and hopefully they might help get your creative juices going.

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1. Think Outside the Box when shopping for Decorations
Don’t just look in the Christmas tree decorating section! Look over party supplies (see those tissue paper fans on my tree? came from the party supplies section. so did the paper straws I used to make starbursts and the paper I used for a tree skirt), scrapbooking items (that’s where I found those canvas tags), kid sections, etc. You might be surprised at what you might find to use to adorn your tree so keep an open mind.

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2. Make Tree Decorations Yourself
This is especially good if you are on a budget. It’s amazing how some diy tree trimmings can make a tree look like a million bucks (but totally didn’t cost anywhere near that!). When I was shopping ornaments for this tree I was trying to stay within a budget. After adding up the prices or ornaments and garlands and other trimmings, I knew I had to do some diy ornaments to fill up this tree and stay in budget. (See everyone elses Dream Trees and the diy’s they did by stopping by The Glue String to see all 30 – they will blow you away!)

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3. Splurge on a big item that you really love
Fall in love with a beautiful tree skirt? Want lots of realistic looking garland to wrap around your tree? Go for it! I would say that the garlands were my splurge. I couldn’t think of a diy garland I wanted to do and I just absolutely adore that natural look, so I went for it. And I’m happy I did.
4. Sketch out an Ornament Hanging Plan
If you are trying to go for a styled and orderly look, create a sketch to help you plan where to put your trees. I started with the really large ornaments placement and went from there. It helped me balance the tree out. I grew up doing the tree with the large assortment of ornaments that had been collected for years and years, so we would just fill up the tree. This tree took me a while to kind of get an idea of how to do a more styled look, so making a sketch helped me have more of a visual without putting on and taking off a bunch of ornaments.
5. Make your faux tree look fuller by adding plain garland around the inside of it
I didn’t do it on this one, but I usually do this to create a fuller looking tree. It’s an inexpensive little trick and works great.

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6. Have fun!!!!!!
Well of course ;) Probably a given, but it’s important. Enjoy yourself and create good memories. -Jess

We want to see how you have decorated your tree! You can help spread some holiday cheer by sharing a photo of my dream tree or any trees that inspire you this year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag your friend, use the hashtag #TagATree and encourage them to do the same! And don’t forget, Michaels has a variety of Make it Merry projects for you and your family to work on this season!

Ps: All Michaels stores are hosting a Holiday Pinterest Party tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 15 from 1-4pm – come in and create a fun holiday project with the help of a Michaels associate!

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This post was created in partnership with Michaels. All opinions stated are my own. Affiliate links have been used. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Happy Together.

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Felt Pumpkin DIY

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Thanksgiving is coming up and I wanted to share this real easy felt pumpkin diy before it’s time to switch completely over to Christmas stuff. These little pumpkins are made with very few materials and can be added to napkin rings, headbands/hair clips/pins, gift tags, magnets, and whatever else you might think of.

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After I styled the above picture, I thought they might look pretty on a wreath as well. Or what about a garland? See? Endless possibilities.

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Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together You will need:

  • Felt for pumpkin and stem (I used the cheap acrylic felt, but wool felt would work too. Since it’s thicker, you might only need to do 4 or 5 circles though)
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue
  • Pen
  • Circle Pattern (here is a Felt Pumpkin Template if you need one)
  • Scissors

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Trace six circles on your felt.

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Cut circles out. Make sure to cut inside of lines so they don’t show on the circles. Cut a little pumpkin stem out as well.

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Fold a circle in half and dab some glue in the middle fold. Hold in place for a few seconds until cooled down. Repeat on 4 more circles. There will be an unfolded one left.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Take a half circle and put hot glue down the folded side. Lay another half circle on top, matching up on the fold.

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Repeat for the rest of the folded circles until it looks like above.

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Glue on stem.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
Open up the two outermost sides and glue the last circle to the back. It will help the pumpkin be “open” and will give a nice flat surface to add onto other things.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
I added a pin on one and a hair clip on another to try out.

Felt Pumpkin DIY | happy together
I plan on making these for little Thanksgiving gifts. If you make any, please let me know how you used them :) Hashtag your Happy Together projects on social media with #happytogetherbyjess

-Jess

 

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day | happy together Today my youngest and I went with my husband to see him and many others take down the flags from the Avenue of Flags display here in Lake Charles, LA. It is a large collection of flags that have once laid across a soldier’s casket. It is a beautiful memorial set up on Veterans Day in honor of those that gave their life. It was touching and sobering to see those who came to find the flag that was for their spouse, friend, or family member. I’m very glad that our country has special days to help remind us of all the sacrifice that has happened so we can live in freedom. Thank you Veterans for all you have done. We honor you and remember you.

-Jess

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