DIY Crown Jewel Headband

If you saw my post back in 1692 a while back, In the Mood for...The Royal Treatment, you know how much I've been loving the opulent renaissance-inspired styles lately. You also might remember that I promised a DIY coming soon. I intended to post this project that week, but as life goes, I just now got it done. So, I apologize for the delay, but I hope you like it as much as I do, and then maybe can forgive me. :) As far as the regal style goes, nobody showcased the trend this season more than Dolce & Gabbana. Ever since I saw their collection, I've been dying to wear one of their ornate hair accessories, like this headband. It's over-the-top embellishments make for a beautiful statement accessory, but you may have noticed something else about it that is over-the-top... the $1000+ price tag! For a headband! And since I generally don't pay more than about $15 for a headband, I obviously was going to have to create my own version. Read on to see what I came up with!...

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How you do it:

1. If you want to make this really easy on yourself, start with a gold headband (and you want it to be pretty wide). They sell plain gold satin headbands at the big-name craft stores for under $5. I happened to already have this grey one on hand, so I just spray painted it gold, to save a couple dollars and a trip. If you don't mind the extra steps, the paint gave it a very shiny, leathery texture that I loved. I spread the headband over a rolled-up, in-the-bag newspaper for painting, and it worked really well.

2. Take a piece of lace, trimmed to size (I only added lace to the center 2/3, as the bottom portion will be covered with hair/ears). Add a few dabs of glue to the lace to hold it in place. Then, apply a generous coat of glossy Mod Podge over the lace to adhere it as well as give it a stiff, glossy texture. Let dry.

3. Glue gems over the lace. The goal here is to seem sporadic, yet somewhat evenly placed. I added the larger gems first, evenly spaced, and then filled in the smaller gems and trinkets in a little bit of a more haphazard manner.

4. Let dry and you're done!

I have to say, I'm pretty happy with the results! I hope you think it was worth the wait!

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