Monday, March 19
When I first saw this photo of Paris Hilton, I was inspired to do a DIY series on "How to wear a black ribbon in different ways", before I realised that they're probably all obvious and self-explanatory. I mean, how hard is it to think of and execute tying a ribbon in your hair or wearing it under the collar of your shirt as a bow? So the next day I did just that. I tied a ribbon around my head and strutted around (haha). What I didn't realise was how annoying it was to keep having to retie it when it slipped off even when tacked down with a bajillion bobby pins. Plus bobby pins kind of ruin the whole 'clean lines' thing. I don't know, maybe it's just my egg-shaped head, but turning the ribbon into a head band means I can now wear it further towards the back of my head without ugly hair pins showing and with no fear of it slipping off!
You will need: Headband, craft glue, scissors, cotton buds (not pictured), good quality ribbon. Don't use the craft kind because those ribbons are not as soft and don't tie nicely. I used 1m of ribbon, but the length you use depends on whether you like the ribbon ends to dance around your neck or trail down your back. Tip: the width of the ribbon should be just wider than the width of your headband. The ribbon I used measured 2.5cm wide.
Snip of the end of the ribbon along a slant (for aesthetic purposes). Hold the end close to a candle flame to seal the edges. Do not let the flame touch the ribbon.
Start at the top of the headband. Apply a small blob of glue to the headband and spread it out thinly using a cotton bud. Do not use too much glue at one time otherwise the glue will seep through the ribbon. Press the ribbon onto the headband. Continue this process slowly down each side of the headband.
Let it dry overnight and your headband is ready to wear.