Bridal Squad Headbands – DIY and What Not to Do

Remember that friend, Amanda, that I married in high school? I wrote that ridiculous story here. Well she’s getting married for real! I suppose all good things must come to an end… I think us both being married must annul the first marriage, right?

One of her other bridesmaids planned her bachelorette (I get to plan the bridal shower – just wait and see what I’ve got planned there…) but I wanted to throw in a fun DIY to help.

The bridesmaid planning the bachelorette was all about it: headbands!

Back up.

Amanda is a major 80’s lover so part 1 of the bachelorette night was 80’s night at a local bar, then the other part was hiking a mountain.

Headbands that double as sweatbands, get it?

It’s all the rage to make sure that everyone surrounding the bridal party knows who the bride is and who her tribe is, so we figured Amanda would like it and I’d have a fun way to participate in the planning.

So, without further ado, here is an excellent DIY beginning with a strong word of caution.

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Materials:

  • Headbands – Less than a buck per headband, perfect! Plus I really like these in general. TMI, I sweat a lot when I workout and I love wearing the extra headbands to the gym now.
  • Fabric Paint – You’ll notice that the paint I linked to is a “soft” version which means that the paint doesn’t stick on like hard plastic.
  • Paint brush
  • Scrap paper/newspaper/cardboard
  • Blue take/masking tape
  • Cricut or other vinyl cutter – you could try this DIY by making your own stencil out of card stock. If you do it that way, grab some spray mount like this stuff linked here, and use it to glue the card stock stencil down to the headband before you begin.

STRONG WORD OF CAUTION

While the bridesmaids were very encouraging and said they love the headbands, I regard this project as a fail for myself. See for yourself…

Finished headbands

I was so disappointed when I saw all those blotchy marks! The worst part is that I know I could have prevented it if I’d only tested the paint I’d used on an extra headband before.

This is what I used and I want to make it abundantly clear that I DO NOT DISCOURAGE THE USE OF THE PRODUCT when used correctly.

I’ve used it on cotton shirts and it works like a dream! I think I made three mistakes on this project:

  1. Not testing the paint on the fabric beforehand.
  2. Laying down the paint too thick.
  3. Not letting the paint dry between coats.

I admit it, I was short on time and had to get this done quickly – that’s what my blotchy spots boil down to.

Now that I’ve gotten the how and why of my major mistake out of the way, here’s the diy!

Fabric Spray Paint Headbands

Step 1: Applying the vinyl patterns to the fabric.

Any self-respecting vinyl user will tell you to use transfer tape, but don’t use it here.

…Not that I’m not a self-respecting vinyl cutter… anyways,

Vinyl essentially works by using varying levels of stickiness. The vinyl sticks to the paper backing, but it sticks better to the transfer tape so the paper backing peels off, then it sticks better to the mounting surface so the transfer tape peels off.

That doesn’t work here because vinyl sticks way better to transfer tape than to fabric.

Instead, flip the vinyl over and slowly peel the paper back off, making sure to fold the paper back onto itself as you peel. If you’re slow and careful, you can get the whole vinyl sticker off without losing any of the cut bits, then you can just stick it onto your fabric surface without harming any transfer tape!

Step 2: Weeding

Use a combination of an exacto knife and tweezers to weed out the part of the vinyl you don’t want.

Remember: The part you don’t want is the part you do want! Since you’re essentially making a stencil, peel out the pieces that show where you want the paint to go.

I find that using my exacto blade tip to hold down pieces that I didn’t want coming up is very effective.

If you do accidentally peel up a piece of vinyl that you need, no worries, just stick it back.

Vinyl stuck all over leg

Clever or lazy? I stick the vinyl scraps all over my legs when I work… vinyl sticks well to skin and itself! Then I use duct tape and stick that to the vinyl to get it off my leg. If you’re a non-shaver, I recommend you skip this step, but hey you do you.

Step 3: Prep to Spray Paint

Tape your headband down to a piece of paper to hold it flat and still for the next couple steps, especially if you’re moving pieces around to paint a bunch of different headbands.

Measure around where you need the paint to go and cut a hole out of a piece of cardboard that will allow you to paint what you need, but hide the rest of the fabric.

MISTAKE NOTE: I did this on my nice new dining room table because I figured I could control the paint.

I was wrong.

This can has some serious spray distance and I was washing black off the table for weeks! A) Do this in a place that can get messy and B) cover up any part of the fabric you don’t want painted.

Overspray

You’ve been warned.

Step 4: Spray Paint

THIN layers! Like, a quick breeze of paint then that’s it.

Another helpful tip: Find something to put your cardboard protector on between sprayings. As you paint, it will build up on the cardboard and seep into the hole you made, making a mess on anything you put it on.

Step 5: Wait

See, this is the step I skipped to get those awful paint blotches. Don’t be a me. Don’t be impatient.

The can only says 5 minutes but I’d give it more time.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you get the desired darkness

That’s it! If you’ve followed my advice on how not to do what I did, you should have some lovely, non-blotchy headbands!

But hey, they did look pretty nice in the hiking photos.

Don’t hesitate to let me know if I wasn’t clear on anything and I’m also always up for comments/suggestions!

Warmly,

EGinny

Inexpensive Bachelorette Games and Puzzles: A Matching Set

Guys, I’m at that age. You know the one – when everyone your age starts getting married and having babies. It’s kinda weird sometimes, like oh I didn’t know Jenny-who-was-trying-to-kick-her-thumb-sucking-habit-in-6th-grade is pregnant! Or oh look, Francisca-who-skipped-school-on-gay-rights-day-because-she’s-so-anti-gay is marrying a chick now!

But hey, it’s fun! Besides, following my recent wedding, it would be hypocritical for me to complain about anyone else’s nuptials.

It also means that lots of my friends are getting married which is a blast! Of course then my friends and my friends of my friends ask me to help creatively and I end up getting wrapped up in crazy projects which is exhausting.

Here is the fruit of one of my more recent projects! I originally made it for a friend of a friend of a friend’s bachelorette (yikes!) and ended up using it for a bachelorette I went to, too!

The problem:

There are lots of bachelorette games out there, but when you print random ones they don’t match which looks sloppy.

The solution:

Make them match!

The games in the packet:

Dirty Drink It

This is basically a never-have-I-ever drinking game: four rounds, each getting more intense. Take a drink every time the answer is yes, everything from have you ever sent nudes to have you ever had a threesome. At the bachelorette, two of us just drank orange juice and we still had a ball! It lead to some great stories.

Bride Libs

Rated PG (depending on how you play it). This one was a blast, though a bit redundant. The bride kept it to read at the rehearsal dinner!

Porn or Polish

This is exactly what it sounds like: is the given name a nail polish or the title of a porn? I honestly can’t believe some of the answers! “Meet Balls” porn or polish??

Dirty Minds

This is a list of dirty riddles. We played it by having one person read the riddles one at a time while everyone else guessed as a group so it was a social gam, but people could do them on their own, too!

Wedding Emoji

Rated G for everybody, this game gives a series of emojis that mean something wedding-y that you have to guess. For example, guess this one: 😊👰
Blushing bride

Dirty Pictionary

This game can be as short or long as you want! It’s a list of words that you cut up and put in a hat, then one at a time someone pulls a word that they have to draw and other people have to guess what it is. Die-hard pictionary enthusiasts will tell you to get into teams and during each round, one person per team pulls a word to draw and only their team guesses before a timer goes off (a correct guess is 1 point). Since there were only 5 of us at my friend’s bachelorette, we just had one person draw at a time and everyone got to guess (no points for anyone). It’s a blast! I mean, have YOU ever thought about how to visually communicate the word “horny”?

Well ladies, have fun and pack some aspirin!

Warmly,

EGinny