Tasked with making a few quick and easy Halloween costumes? Give any outfit an ethereal touch with a fantastical glittery antler headband. Get the full DIY by Georgina Doull below.
We fell head over hooves for Georgina Doull’s signature candy style, so we couldn’t resist asking her to create this exclusive piece of headwear. Channeling the magic of the forest fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it’s a great fit for fancy dress or little ones who just love dressing up. Try adding ears instead of antlers, or any other pretty embellishments you fancy.
You will need:
• 2m velvet ribbon
• Fimo polymer clay
• PVA glue
• Sticky tape
• Miniature paper flowers (around 15)
• Blank plastic headband
• Hot glue gun
Roll out your clay into a 1cm (½”) thick cylinder then cut into two pieces, each 6cm (2½”) long.
Cut V-shaped chunks out of the top and sides of each cylinder, as shown in the picture. This will make it easier to shape your antlers in the next step.
Carefully mould the antlers into shape using your hands. Be sure to smooth out the clay afterwards by rubbing it gently with your fingers.
Sprinkle lots of glitter over your antlers, making sure every bit of clay is completely covered. You can use your hands to push the glitter firmly into the clay to make sure it stays attached. Bake your antlers in the oven according to the clay manufacturer’s instructions.
Once the antlers have cooled completely you can varnish them using a half PVA glue, half water mixture. Do this one side at a time, making sure you let the antlers dry fully before flipping over and repeating the process.
Cut two snippets of velvet ribbon about 5cm (2”) long and glue over both ends of your plastic headband. Take the rest of the ribbon and hot glue one end into place, then wrap around your headband securely. Glue around, as you go, until your headband is completely covered.
Measure 14cm (5½”) from each end of the headband and make a little mark with pen. This is where your antlers will be positioned. Carefully glue the antlers into place with hot glue, using a craft knife to drag some of the glue up around the base of the antlers to hold them securely in place.
Now for the slightly tricky part – covering up the glue with ribbon. Hot glue the end of the ribbon to the base of your antler, glue the reverse side of the ribbon, then wrap the ribbon around the whole base of the antler.
Add some more hot glue to the reverse of the ribbon and carefully pull it down in a diagonal direction under the headband. Drag it back up and around, gluing into place as you go, then crossing over the first bit of ribbon and back up. Then trim the ribbon and glue the end down to secure.
Repeat steps 8 and 9 for the second antler, on the other side.
Hot glue your biggest flowers along the top of the headband, between the antlers. Then glue the smaller ones at a 90 degree angle to the others, going past the antlers slightly.
To finish, dab the headband with a bit of sticky tape to quickly grab any stray strings of hot glue that have attached themselves. For a neat finish, add paper leaves to cover up any hot glue showing around the flowers.
Georgina loves creating things, especially unique and fun accessories. As well as her handmade jewellery label, Dolly Darling – where she sells cute, yummy handmade cake charms and marshmallow bangles – she has a personal fashion blog featuring her signature style DIY clothing and accessories. Hop over to www.dollydarling.com www.cupcakesclothes.com