Bugging Out with Lulu

January 22, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

My youngest daughter, Lucy (affectionately called Lulu) will be turning 2 on Thursday! Wow! She has gotten to be such a big girl, and one with strong opinions, like her Mama.

She is a BIG fan of bumblebees, much to the thanks of the Laurie Berkner “Buzz Buzz” song. So this year’s birthday theme will be BUGS. Since Lulu doesn’t like big crowds, we’re having a pretty small party with just a few friends. In some ways, this makes it easy for me to go totally overboard, just on a smaller scale. lol.

In addition some pretty necklaces and bug wings (bought at the dollar store), each little bug guest will get a pair of antennae to wear at the party. I actually got the idea from my friend, Ruth who bought her daughters antennae off of Etsy for Halloween. They are the cutest thing ever but she paid a good bit for them and I figured I could easily make them and for way cheaper!

Fuzzy Antennae Headbands

I made 9 bug headbands in under one hour and each headband only cost under $1 to make. Here are the supplies I used and the cost. I don’t remember if any were on-sale, so I included the full-price, meaning the headbands could be made for even cheaper!

Materials Needed
Cost listed is per headband

  • Headbands, $0.17
  • 1 1/2 inch black feather boa, $0.66
  • 1 inch Poms, $0.08
  • Black Chenille Stems (Pipe Cleaners), $0.07
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

Once all my materials were gathered, I started with the antennae. I’m sure there is a more sophisticated way to do it, but I wrapped two chenille stems around my finger tightly to look like a corkscrew. Because I used my chubby fingers (no, I’m serious, they are short and stubby), the chenille stem cork screw was wider at the bottom than at the top (like my fingers), but I kinda liked the look. I could have just as easily used a thick marker, too.


Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

Then, I looped the bottoms of the corkscrews around the headband, placing them on opposite sides of the center. Each one was a little unique, I just placed them where I thought they would look good.



A side note, I buy my kids headbands at the Dollar Store because they are SO cheap – 6 for $1 – and they don’t need to last forever.

After I looped the stems onto the headband, I then placed hot glue on the top and underside of the headband to hold the chenille stems in place.

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

I grabbed two poms, placing hot glue in the center and pressing them to the tops of the chenille stem cork screws.

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

Finally, the cutest part – adding the feather boa. I found the spool of feather boa at Hobby Lobby in the ribbon isle for  $5.99. This was the most expensive part of the headband, but with a 40% off coupon, it’s not too bad.

I cut a 7 inch strip of boa and glued it to the headband with hot glue.

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

Cutting the boa made a HUGE mess and I think I’m still breathing in feathers. lol.

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half



Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

Clip-On Version
Some of the younger girls invited to the party may not like to wear headbands. I adapted it slightly to clip into the hair by hot gluing the boa to two clips, one of each end of the 4 inch boa.

And here are my beautiful bugs, first the birthday girl!

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

Izzie got a little carried away and wanted to make all her silly faces.

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

And one final of the two.

Bug Headbands - OPC The Better Half

What do you think? Any more tips or suggestion for our upcoming bug party?

As always, thanks for reading!

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9 Responses
  1. Megan says:

    What a super cute idea, Jocie! You girls are just so adorable too. 🙂 Happy Birthday to Lucy.

  2. Trisha says:

    Oh Jocie! These are so cute! I would never have figured out how to make those. Awesome!

  3. Mary Sue Paulis says:

    These are adorable. Can’t wait to see the rest of the “bug” ideas you come up with!

  4. paintergal says:

    They are darling! (as are the headbands.)
    Happy birthday to Lulu!

  5. poiboybf says:

    I often feel like things I find on Etsy could be made cheaper by myself. But I guess with some things it’s worth it for the convenience. Your girls are very cute. 🙂 Happy birthday!

  6. Winnie says:

    What a great and beautiful idea!!
    Lulu looks so pretty and happy with this headband

  7. frazzled5 says:

    How adorable are these!! My girls would love a set for their dress up area. (My boys would too to be honest)

  8. JustME says:

    Happy Birthday Lucy! I hope you are having a fun filled day. Which I’m sure you are with all the fun stuff your Mommy has planned for you. Buzz on!

  9. naomipsalm77 says:

    This post reminded me a lot of my mom! I guess because she was such a creative lady and always helped me with projects, costumes, parties, etc… I have such special memories of my mom taking the time to take it to the next level (like laminated pictures of NKOTB on my birthday cake!!!). Your girls are going to have those memories and it is priceless!

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