DIY Braided Bandana Hairband

DIY Braided Bandana Hairband

When I think of DIY hair accessories, I often get overwhelmed with ideas of cool but complicated leather barrettes and swizzle sticks emblazoned with my initials. Ok I’m messing with you I rarely think of hair accessories. But I wanted to do something fun for my girls craft camp this summer, and they decided on braided bandana hairbands. We saw the original photo in an American Girl magazine, and gave it a go. It was the hit craft for the week. In this video, we show how to make the hairbands, or you can follow the written instructions below. http://youtu.be/-WRH40bHVIk Here’s how we made them: Step 1: Buy Bandanas You’ll need an assortment of colors to start, at least six different colors is a good place to start. I purchased a stack of about 10 different colors from Michaels. If you have time, you can save some money and order online. Here are some places to find them: Oriental Trading Wholesale for Everyone Tans Club Step 2: Cut the into 2″ Strips This is something the kids can do. I used a chalk pencil and fabric cutting mat to space lines 2″ apart, and the girls cut them into strips. Step 3: Select your Colors The braids can be done with your standard 3 strands, or you can make the braid wider by using 4 or even 5 strips in your braid. If this is your first time, start out with 3 strands. I found that in my group of 5 – 9 year olds, the 7 – 9 year olds picked up on the 3 strand braid quickly....
Crafts for Preschoolers that are Easy and Fun

Crafts for Preschoolers that are Easy and Fun

Crafts for preschoolers rarely look like something you’d treasure for a lifetime. This DIY project is the exception to that rule, and it’s fun for kids and adults to do together! Looking for a fun craft for preschoolers? This is a great pre-k (or 3 – 5 year old) kids craft that helps children with both letter recognition and fine motor skills in coloring the tiles. Well, honestly it’s just fun I said that stuff so it also sounds educational. ;) I created this project for my 5-year old, Tiny2, who doesn’t yet have the vocabulary and spelling skills to make a full scrabble board of words, but still wanted to make something special for her teacher. Other applications for this preschooler craft may be: Mother’s Day Gift – Spelling out “I [heart] Mom” where you can draw a heart on a blank tile. And just for fun here’s another idea that would be a good craft that’s appropriate for preschoolers. Father’s Day Gift – Spelling out “cool dad” or “i [heart] dad” The only limits to creating are how many letters are in your message. The tray holds 9 scrabble tiles, so you have to consider that when deciding on your phrase. Materials needed: Scrabble Tile Tray – this is the piece of wood that you set up your tiles on during gameplay Scrabble Tiles Name of Person/Teacher – Each tray holds up to 9 tiles. If the name you want to use is longer than 9 characters, you can use some wood glue to adhere two trays side by side. Glue Black spray paint Prismacolor markers Step...