Thursday, February 5, 2015

DIY Valentine's Day Heart-Shaped Candy Box Hat

Just in time for Wear Red Day and Valentine's Day, we have this fabulous DIY Heart-shaped Candy Box Hat shared by Queen MotorMouth Christy of the Bodacious Benton Belles (Louisiana, United States).


The sky's the limit for this fun craft! Simply follow these instructions:

Valentine Hat from a Heart-shaped Candy Box

Find a nice heart-shaped candy box that you want to make your hat/fascinator from. It doesn't have to be fancy, because you can add plenty of embellishments to it. The plain boxes will allow your personality to shine through as you decorate it, but if you'd rather have something fancy, splurge on a satin or velvet-covered box hat has ribbons, bows, rhinestones or other additions already on it.

Once you've found your box, you will need the following:

1. A wide headband, either white or red (or pink if that's your color)
2. Hot glue gun
3. Pipe cleaners- red white or pink (It really doesn't matter, because no one will see them anyway.)
4. Two or three Valentine-themed ribbons or bows
5. Decorations for your fascinator/hat

Now, here's how to assemble it. There might be a better way, but this was the first for me, so I just winged it.

1. Take the bottom of the candy box and your headband. Put the headband on, and then take the bottom of the box and place it on your head in the spot and angle you want it to sit. You can take a small piece of tape and mark the bottom the box and the headband where they connect. (This is so you won't lose your spot when you get ready to put them together.)

2. Mark four dots at the taped area on the OUTSIDE of the bottom of the box using a Sharpie or dark pen- they should be like the four corners of a square. Be sure to account for whatever angle you want the box to sit at- such as the "point" of the heart to the left and the "bow" of the heart to right, or the "point" of the heart slightly forward, or however it is you want to sit. Keep the dot width to the approximate size of your headband. For example, if your headband is 1" wide, don't make the dots any further than 1" apart.

3. Once your dots are marked, use a pencil or a thin knitting needle to poke holes where the dots are.

4. Take one pipe cleaner and FROM THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX poke one end through the top left hole and take the other end through the bottom right hole. This may sound confusing, but what you'll end up with is your pipe cleaners crossing over each other when you attach the headband, kind of like an X.

5. Take your headband and slide it underneath the pipe cleaners on the outside of the box bottom. Make sure you line it up so the taped “marker” is under the pipe-cleaners – that way, your headband and box bottom will fit like you wanted them to when you tried it on in the mirror and marked your spots.

6. Pull one of the pipe-cleaners TIGHT and twist the ends together to hold the headband in place. Then pull the other one tight and twist the ends together. These will hold it in place while you glue the headband and box bottom together, plus it will give extra hold to KEEP them together.

7. Once you have the headband exactly where you want it, take your hot-glue gun (you DID remember to plug it in and heat it up, didn’t you?) and squirt some glue in between the headband and the box bottom. Give that a few minutes to set.

8. Now you want to take the ribbon bows and wire and glue them to the headband under the portion of the box bottom that sits highest on the headband. This adds some interest to the area of the box bottom that will be seen when the fascinator is on. It also helps support the top part of the box bottom.

9. Now you’re ready to decorate the box TOP! Let your imagination run wild and your creative juices flow! Use rhinestones, flowers, ribbon, bows, feathers – whatever floats your boat! You can glue any jewels on with jewel or fabric glue, as hot glue doesn’t work well with them. I use Gem-Tac or Jewel-It. Don’t use Super-Glue – I did that with the large rhinestone I put on mine and it dripped and made a mess that I had to camouflage! You can also take the faux-rhinestone mesh-type ribbon and trim the outer edge of the box – it adds extra “glam”!

10. Once your box top is decorated, GLUE it to the box bottom – you don’t want it to come off at an inopportune time!

11. You can also slip a couple of red or white ostrich feathers in between the box bottom and the headband and secure them with a glob of hot-glue – the feathers will poke up from the top of the fascinator at an angle and they add a lot to the look.

These are the pictures of the smaller fascinator I made with a much smaller heart-shaped candy box:

 This craft inspired several heart hats on Facebook. Here are a few of the pictures that were shared:

If you give this craft a try, please share your pictures with us on Facebook! We can't wait to see them!

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