As often happens while thrifting, we come across an item that we love and instead of putting it to its regular use we find a new, inventive use for this item. Sometimes we change it not at all, just a little, or completely, and I feature those items here in a segment called Reuse Roundup.
Isobel loves headbands but she still has a problem using them as intended, ie, on her head, as opposed to wearing them around her waist. I always caution her not to do that because they will break, but sometimes she needs to learn these lessons for herself. In this case, she needs to learn it several dozen times.
And so she broke this adorable red sequined headband just moments after leaving our friend’s garage sale. It was so cute, though, that I promised her we’d try to use the red heart for something else.
This glittery red Christmas tree-themed hair clip came to us by way of an estate sale. It’s something I’d have never purchased on its own but it was in a sealed zippy bag with several glass ornaments. It turned out to be the ideal sort of clip for our fine, straight hair, so I popped the tree ornament off with a butter knife and plugged in the glue gun.
I was hoping to be able to loosen the glue that attached the two sides of the felt hearts together so I could slip them between the hair clip, but they were fastened too securely. I ended up making slits in the fabric and wiggling the plastic head band out and trimmed up the silky edges neatly with sharp scissors.
A layer of hot glue later and several impatient minutes of waiting for the glue to set, and it was ready for wearing. I’m really happy with how well it stays in her hair, especially because it has a bit of weight to it. We talked about saving it for Valentine’s day, but someone couldn’t wait.