Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
I’ve been a huge fan of Giant Dwarf
Designs for a while now. Sue Eggen's gorgeous handmade hair accessories have long graced the
shelves of favourite shops, like catbird and Bicyclette,
and are worn by awesome folks I admire, like Tavi.
The items are a little pricey due
to the materials used (German glass glitter), and the fact that they’re handmade, but personally, I think they are so
You can imagine my sadness when
Giant Dwarf announced in early January that she’d be closing down her shop for
good. That’s right: no more sparkling magical glass glitter stars for me. I was
heartbroken; how could such glittery goodness disappear from the world forever?
I quickly snapped up a pair of tiny gold star hair pins, but I wasn’t able to
afford a headband or anything bigger. The shop closed, and I was devastated.
I started complaining to my crafty
friend Brianne (as I often do) about this tragedy, and she very intelligently
suggested we try making our own version.
And so began our quest. We scoured
local craft shops and gathered glittering supplies, determined to make the
prettiest, sparkliest headbands we could in honour of Giant Dwarf.
• Thick glitter paper
• Mod Podge
• Glass glitter
• Ribbons (long enough to tie around
We also used:
• A hot glue gun
• Glittery nail polish
We chose three different colours of
glitter paper, and matched them with three pastel ribbons. We
opted for the most mermaid-y supplies we could find, though the white
and baby-blue combo turned out a little more Cinderella-ish.
Satisfied, we headed home and got
down to work.
Either trace a star from a
computer/tablet screen, or just draw a star. If you have a printer, you could
also print out a star, but I don’t, so we went the old-fashioned (ish?) route.
We made two stencil sizes: a big star and a little star. But make as many sizes
as you’d like. You also don’t have to stick to stars! Any shape you like will
Trace the stencil onto the back of
the glitter paper and start cutting out stars. We found if you cut a square out
around the star and then cut in toward the middle you’re less likely to rip
your creation while cutting.
Once you have cut out all your
stars, it’s time to seal/solidify them. We did this simply by painting each
star with Mod Podge (front and back). When I got to the silver stars, I poured
some glass glitter into the glue before it dried to give them extra dimension
While the glue layers dry, head
over to a mirror and mark out where you’d like the stars to sit on the ribbon
with a pencil. I did one headband with stars all the way across, and two with
Once the stars have dried--they
will be plasticky and quite solid, and the glue will be clear--attach them to
your ribbons. I used a hot glue gun and carefully stuck them into place, but
you could also try sewing them if you feel so inclined.
If you want your stars to be extra
glitzy, try painting them with your favourite glitter nail polish.
Finally, wait until they dry, then
don your crown and dance around your house like a mermaid (or… flop… around?).