Christmas Tree Hair Accessory-DIY

Dear Reader-

This hair accessory, like some of my others, is not for the faint of heart. You will be wearing a Christmas tree in your hair. Literally. If you are ok with that, then let’s get started!

First, I had to find a tree small enough. What an odyssey that was. Of course manufacturers of these little hobby trees are making them for home display, or office holiday cheer. Not hair. So I bought the smallest one I could possibly find, and disassembled it. It had a cement stand!

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Then I had to use wire cutters to dismember the poor thing. It was far too heavy. I needed fewer limbs and a flat back so I could lay it on some felt, and ultimately, on my head.. It took two different types of wire cutters to get through this bad boy! It needed to be thinned out, A LOT.

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Once that was done, I could start decorating. First to be added were the ornaments. I tied them on, one by one, strategically placed.

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Then came the lights. I couldn’t find dollhouse lights that had a battery pack light enough for my hair to support the weight, so unfortunately, they don’t actually light up. Disappointment.

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And what is a tree without gifts? I laid the tree to the felt and glued the gifts onto the felt and the bottom of the tree.

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Cut the felt, add the duckbill hair clip, and it’s done! I could not find a small enough angel for the top, another item for the search- along with working lights. Now you have to decide how you will wear your hair to best accent (and support) your newest accessory.

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Now, be prepared to take a bit of blowback from your friends and passerby. You are after all, taking a fashion chance by wearing this piece of glory. Others of a lesser station may feel the need to say something snippy about your choice of accoutrement. Just tell this riffraff that you love your style and will never compromise. Period.

Merry Christmas Crafties!

ATCT

p.s- don’t forget to at least tidy up your living room before leaving the house this holiday season. You never know who may be dropping by with good tidings.

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Pumpkin Pie Hair Accessory, DIY

Dear Reader-

I have been asked many times about my unconventional hair accessories. The coffin, the vegetables, the party umbrellas….how did I make them? So when I went to start my latest project, pumpkin pie, I took notes.

The idea came from one of my clients, as we were discussing what food (fake food that is) I could use for my Thanksgiving accessory. I couldn’t find a fake turkey leg to save my life, so my client said “hey, pumpkin pie!” Oh yes.

Two types of felt, a pie tin, craft foam, fake whipped cream, (thanks to Etsy) and I am on my way.

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Now for the “crust.” I cut the edges wavy and glued it to the pie tin as if I had laid in an actual crust. I then added the foam inside.

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Now to add the “pumpkin” overlay.

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Can’t forget the whipped cream! Just a few dollops.

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Now the hard part- how to attach it to my hair??? My usual duckbill clip won’t work because the bottom of the pie tin is totally flat. It will be lifted on that side if I use one of these.

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So I decide to go just with bobby pins, which is as flat as I can get.

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Done! In and secure.

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Eat dessert first,

ATCT

 

I don’t know what to do with my hair for the holidays!

Dear Reader-

The holidays can be very stressful, and finding inspiration for one’s hair can be the last on a long list. Family dinners, gifts from Santa, finishing up at work before vacation, corporate parties, shipping gifts, assembling a bicycle at 11pm on Christmas Eve without the supposed “included” instructions…….no wonder we all need a vacation from the vacation.

Start small. Tease your hair a little, or pick up a fun ribbon or flower. Add an extra curl with the iron, or a sparkly clip. If you always wear it up, leave it down and soft. If you always wear it down, show off your fancy earrings, neck and jawline a little and wear it up. For something a little bigger, I am a huge fan of a teased ponytail. I put my hair up in a ponytail and curl it. I then tease it, rather billowy. I pull it in all directions until it forms a large 60s style bun, and pin it all around the perimeter. If you have bangs, part them on the opposite side, or pull them all back into the pony. Adding the extra flower or bow will tie it all together, and as you survey the dinner table, you will know that you have the fun ‘do. Nothing puts the pep in my hair step than some big, fun, high hair. Grandma said the higher the hair the closer to God, and she was right.

Merry Christmas,

As The Curl Turns

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p.s- We will all be attending holiday gatherings this season. When standing around the hors d’oeuvres, please remember not to double dip.