So as mentioned, the headbands were a huge hit. Now, braided headbands are nothing new (in fact, I've posted about them here), but they require the elastic to be sewn-on, and I was not attempting to take sewing machines to girls camp. So this modification was my genius solution - - use hair ties as the elastic - they're a loop, which is what I needed.....
First, as with all our crafts, we had them prepacked into kits (thanks to my assistant for that great idea) - the kits have 2 hair bands, a safety pin, and 2 non-slip grips:
You'll also need 6 strips of fabric - these we laid out on tables so the girls could pick their colors, etc. The strips are about1/2 to 1 inch wide and 24 inches long (fat quarters work great). We asked for scrap fabric donations, so this was a cheap craft.
Use the safety pin to hold 3 strips and braid them together - you can pin it to a chair, your knee (if you're wearing pants), etc. After you finish, braid the other 3 so you end up with 2 braids.
Next, take the 2 hair bands and make them do this (you can figure this out - just try it...)
Now, take one end of the braid and put it through one of the hair band loops about an inch or two. Put some hot glue on the braid (where the arrow points) and then fold the end over on top of the hot glue.
Cut off the extra fabric if you have any hanging off, and it should look like this:
At this point, TRY IT ON so you know if the length is working for you. The secure the other ends to the other loop of hair band, as you did before.
I hot glued on non-slip grippers to the top inside - this is optional. I just cut up some of that drawer liner stuff. I'm hoping this will help hold the headband in.
One last thing - - the flowers - also optional. Cut a piece of felt the size you want your flower. Roll your flower (here's the tutorial for a rolled fabric flower), then coat the circle of felt in hot glue:Then while it's still hot, just smash down the flower on top of it. Glue any places that might not be sticking down. Then just glue it to your headband wherever you want it (sorry, this picture is super blurry):
That's it! Be sure to let any of the hot glue cool before you stick it in your hair - just sayin'......