Floral Garland Headpiece ~ Costume or Bridal Fashion

May 27, 2014




I enjoy creative jobs and have held many, many of them throughout the years. I fleetingly mention some of them on my about me page, but I don't really think that I have ever discussed my theater gig, in any detail.

For the past decade, I have been costuming children, in one capacity or another, for a small theater group and it has been one of my greatest pleasures. I started out as a volunteer, stitching a few patches or pom poms on items, but as the theater group grew, so did my responsibilities. While I did not make clothes, I had the opportunity to collaborate with the director, helping her vision come to life. We would buy costume pieces and I would alter or refashion them to fit the character and the kid. I loved it. It fed my need to be creative and let me work with children, something I had missed since leaving the classroom. 

I shopped, I sewed, I laughed and designed my way through ten years worth of shows! Nothing beat the feeling of watching that curtain go up, kids transformed by costume and craft, knowing that I had a tiny part in the magic.

Unfortunately, now there are so many other responsibilities vying for my time, I have had to step away from the stage. However, from time to time, I do help out and this fairy headpiece is one such example.


The director needed a few floral garlands to fit woodland sprites.  They were less expensive to make than to buy, they would be the exact colors needed and provide the perfect fit...so I got to work.


I started with a circle made from floral wire and wrapped it with a pretty ribbon.


Then I glued the flowers onto the ribbon.


To complete it, I added a simple bow to the back, with long streaming ribbons to give it a whimsical feel. I used the Bowdabra Bow Maker for my bow. It was very easy. Honestly, I whipped two of them up in less than 30 minutes.

If you alter the colors of the flowers, the same headdress can be used for bridal parties or communions. 


Of course, if like me, you are less into fashion and more into home d├ęcor, you could always use it to dress up a lampshade!


My daughter thinks it looks best on her head. The decorator in me thinks that's debatable!

Where do you like it best?

*At the time of this post, I was a Designer for the Bowdabra Blog. They provided me with some of the materials that I used to make this pretty project. All opinions are my own.*


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38 comments:

  1. So pretty. I can use the idea for rings to go around candles.

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    1. Great idea, Carol! I never even thought of that! :)

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  2. That is lovely!! I make these type halos for the grand-girls, only I use L-o-n-g strips of curly ribbon on the back. It looks so pretty when it dances around on the wind.
    I'll bet your little woodland sprites AND the dear daughter looked beautiful!!
    Blessings,
    J

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    1. Thanks J! Long strips would be great~ so much movement, how fun! I bet your grands have a super time dancing around! Ah, to be that young and carefree again! ;)

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  3. How lovely!
    You are so talented and that director is blessed to have you.
    It makes me wish my grown daughters were young once again.

    Laura
    WSP

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    1. You and me both Laura! I miss those little dress up years! :)

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  4. How neat that you've been involved in all of that. My son did plays and musicals for years and can sew like crazy! I guess it comes with the territory. :)

    Just imagine how much little girls would enjoy playing with those.

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    1. How fun...and yes, sewing comes in very handy in the world of theater! There's always something that needs to be nipped, tucked or repaired at the last minute!

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  5. How gorgeous that turned out. I love it in both uses but my favorite is the garland for her head. It is just lovely and springy...I think I hear fairy bells tinkling- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you Diana, I am really very happy with the way they turned out! I heard they looked great on stage. I may have to be a fairy for Halloween now, just so I could wear one!

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  6. Very nice. Our state has a renaissance festival in the fall and although I have not been there in years these were always very popular. Good job!

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    1. Ah yes, there are many around here...I have not been in years either, but I may have to make an appearance with my new garland! Either that, or we could eat at Medieval Times! ;)

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  7. It's so pretty Kim- I bet you miss helping them out more, but still I can see little projects like these make you happy since you are so creative!

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    1. Thanks Vel. I do miss it, that is why I help out when I can! Thanks for popping by! :)

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    1. I could definitely see you and your daughter whipping a few of these up, either to wear or decorate with! I can picture them now, they would be very light and ethereal and very beautiful, I am sure! :)

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  9. Ahh . . . these are precious, and so EZ. I have two sweet neighbor girls that will love these. I just have to think of something for their little brother! Great post, Kim.

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    1. Yes, so EZ, Cheryl and thank youl!! You are so kind to make them for your neighbors! I hope they like them!

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  10. Hey Kim,
    Call me crazy, but I like them on the lamp best! Probably because I don't have girls or grands. But I do have two little neighbor girls. Might have to make some!
    Keep up the bowdabra posts and I might break out mine and use it! Lol

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    1. My sister has one Nancy and loves it. When they contacted me to be a designer, I jumped! I am the worst bow maker and it really makes a great bow! I like the lamp, too! I have been contemplating making little ones as chandy shade toppers for summer!

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  11. Hi Kim,

    I always enjoy reading about all your talents and creativity and when I get to see examples of it, it''s a bonus. Your floral garden headpiece with its emerald green wreath, pretty flowers and blue ribbon is no exception! Thanks for sharing!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy! You always leave the sweetest thoughts, even your comments sound poetic! :)

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  12. Kim, this is so cute! I have been thinking of holding a garden tea with my granddaughters. This would be the perfect activity. Pinned. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann! I love being pinned! ;) They were so easy to make, you could whip them up in a jiffy!! Thanks for the party!

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  13. This is so precious, and I have 2 little grands who would love them!

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    1. Carol, I bet they would look great on little heads! ;)

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  14. I love floral crowns...so lovely! Kimmie, how neat you helped with costumes!! If I could go back in time, I think I might have wanted to work in costume design for the theater! So very neat! I love learning about you! xoxo Jen

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    1. You definitely have the sewing skills for it! ;) There's still time ~ I say go for it Jen!!

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  15. Hi Kim, sorry I missed this post. Wow this flower headpiece came out so pretty! You did a great job making it and I love it both ways.

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    1. Hi Julie! It's so hard to keep up with every post, isn't it? This time of year is especially busy, too! Thanks so much for checking it out! You are always very kind to comment!

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  16. This is beautiful, do you have a fav place to buy flowers? They are usually so expensive.
    Janice

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    1. Hi Janice~ thanks! They can be very pricey. I only buy them with a coupon or when they are on sale. I usually grab them at Michael's...or if I am really lucky, the dollar store!!

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  17. Catching up on my friends' blogs, Kim. I love this headpiee. It's so romantic, so feminine. I'd like to have one to wear while I'm blogging. I sure it would make me feel like I live in a fairytale cottage.

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    1. I could totally picture you in a fairytale cottage, Nancy ~ headpiece and all! ;)

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  18. Very pretty! Love the look on the lamp too.
    Sherry

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    1. Thanks Sherry! I keep it on the lamp when no one wants to wear it! Now the lamp looks naked without it! ;)

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  19. Kim, that is so pretty! Your daughter has beautiful hair so I would give the thumbs up to her! Wonderful creation.

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    1. Thanks Lynn...and I will let her know, she'll be thrilled!! :)

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