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How To Make A Starry 4th of July Headband For Dolls | Free Tutorial

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It’s summer and it’s time to celebrate! There are so many good flag holidays in the summer, plus red, white, and blue is just a great all around patriotic color scheme. Celebrate this summer and this 4th of July with a super cute headband that you can make for your dolls!

Supplies:

  • Wide elastic, fold-over elastic, or ribbon
  • Felt in your choice of red, white, or blue, or all 3!
  • Pipe cleaners (I used metallic but regular is ok, too.)
  • Silver metallic scrapbook paper
  • Red, white, and blue narrow ribbons and/or embroidery floss, narrow rick rack, sequins, anything fun you can think of!
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Lighter (optional)



Step 1: Cut a length of elastic that is 11 inches long for AG dolls, and 10 inches long for WellieWishers or Ruby Red Fashion Friends dolls. Overlap the ends by half an inch, and sew together. If you are using ribbon, cut a length about 28 inches long for AG dolls and 22 inches long for the smaller dolls. We want it long enough to be able to tie easily, and then have pretty ribbon ends hanging down.

Step 2: Cut a rounded rectangle of felt 3 inches by 1 inch for AG dolls and 2 inches by 1 inch for the smaller dolls. Set aside, as we will use it later. Take your felt and cut out three stars large enough to cover the width of your elastic or ribbon. We took a few minutes to make a template out of white paper. We made stars about 2.25 inches wide from point to point for AG dolls and 1.75 inches from point to point for the smaller dolls.



Step 3: Take a pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Now take one end and push the wire through the center of one of the stars. You may need to poke a tiny hole in the felt with a seam ripper or carefully with a pair of scissors. You just want it big enough for the wire to fit through. Let the pipe cleaner stick out about an inch and a half on the underside of the felt. Holding the long end of the pipe cleaner perpendicular to the felt, bend the short end right where it touches the felt and make a right angle, so it is now flush with the back of the star. Bend it again about a 1/4 inch away from your first end, then wind the leftover length into a swirl shape. You want this to be flush with the bottom of the felt, as it is going to act like a sort of anchor to keep the pipe cleaner from tipping over. Once you are happy with the swirl, make sure it is not showing from the top side of the star.

Repeat on a second star, and trim the long part of the pipe cleaners to 2 3/8 inches for AG dolls and 2 inches for smaller dolls.



Step 4: Now we are going to glue the stars to the elastic or ribbon. Place the rectangle of felt you cut earlier under your elastic or ribbon and lightly hot glue in place. Then place one star with a pipe cleaner attached on top and glue in place on the left side, making a “sandwich”, if you will. Then glue the star with no pipe cleaner in the center, overlapping them just a little, then the third star with pipe cleaner on the right, again overlapping a little. Make sure you now get glue on the edges of the bottom rectangle to make a good seal around your elastic or ribbon.




Step 5: Now the fun part! You need to cut many lengths of ribbon and/or embroidery thread, or any other fun, sparkly stuff you can think of. For my AG doll I cut my lengths at 3.5 inches, and for my smaller dolls I cut them at 2.5 inches. A little crafting trick is to use a lighter and just barely melt the ends of the ribbons so that they do not fray. This will not work on cotton or other natural fibers, but most ribbons nowadays are polyester. Now your ribbons are “heat sealed”!

Once they are all cut and ends melted separate into two piles. Using your hot glue carefully, arrange your ribbons and attach them to each other into two little bundles. Keep in mind you are making a front or good side. Set bundles of ribbon aside.



Step 6: Using your silver scrapbook paper, cut out 4 stars, as close to identical as you can get them. We used our smaller star templates from before for both doll sizes.

Now carefully hot glue one of your bundles of ribbons to the wrong side of one of the stars. Make sure they are clustered in the middle, and that your front is facing the front of the paper. Repeat for a second star.



Step 7: Having the beribboned silver stars on front, and the other two stars on the back, glue the stars like a sandwich around the tops of the pipe cleaners, enclosing as much of the sides as you can. Let the ribbons hang down and don’t catch any in your star sandwich.

Once your hot glue has cooled and your hot glue strings have been eliminated, you’re done!

These are so super cute, I’m sure all your dolls will want one for the celebrations to come!!

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100 Comments

k
k

June 20, 2021

I’m not in the US so the 4th of July is just a regular day here.

Hazel
Hazel

June 18, 2021

We try to get together as a family for a cookout. Of course, last year, like many of you, we stayed home due to Covid. As seniors, my husband and I took no chances with contracting the disease. We were fortunate. My heart breaks for those who lost family members and could not be with them dear the end of life. Happy Independence Day to each of you! Celebrate where ever you are for the freedoms we share! Have a blessed July 4th!

Laura T.
Laura T.

June 14, 2021

Usually a easy going day -BBQ with family, then watching fireworks.

Carole Conley Clement
Carole Conley Clement

June 14, 2021

I celebrate with parades, family cookouts, and fireworks! I’m my opinion it is the best day of the year!

Lori
Lori

June 13, 2021

We try to watch the fireworks in person but depending on how we’re feeling we usually end up watching the shows on television.

Claudia Flinn
Claudia Flinn

June 13, 2021

We go on a picnic and watch fireworks

Carol
Carol

June 12, 2021

I usually watch fireworks from home after a small family BBQ

Barbara
Barbara

June 12, 2021

4th of July is the best. We leave the house at 2 am to get to the parade site and save our spots for the day. Then we enjoy the festivities and do a cookout and then we head to the lake for the fireworks. Best day ever.

Patricia Horton
Patricia Horton

June 12, 2021

Being with our families. Enjoying the grandchildren, finding out what they enjoy doing.
Crafts are my favorite. Painting too! I painted my husband a big 6’ TOUCAN TO PUT ON HIS WALL.. eVERYONE LOVED IT!! Love watching the FIREWORKS and of course eating all the good food that pops out!!

Kim
Kim

June 11, 2021

Family and good food

Gail
Gail

June 11, 2021

We usually have a picnic or a bonfire for hte 4th of July.

Linda from Iowa
Linda from Iowa

June 11, 2021

We usually camp or just spend the weekend around the Lakes area, starting with a beautiful Fireworks display on the 3rd; spend the next day with friends at flea markets, playing miniature golf, etc. end the day with a juicy sweet muscatine melon.

Alita Shaver
Alita Shaver

June 11, 2021

Whatever it is I do to celebrate, it isn’t really a proper Fourth of July unless it ends with sparklers! Takes me back 50 or 60 years. : )

Judy
Judy

June 11, 2021

Super cute granddaughter will love this. Looks easy enough for a 12 year old!!!

Jessie
Jessie

June 11, 2021

My daughter is scared of fireworks, so we skip that and just go to a local park where they always have yummy free hots dogs and cookies, music, and bounce houses.

April French
April French

June 11, 2021

Love having friends & family around for a bbq! Hamburgers, hot dogs & s’mores during the fireworks.

Cynthia
Cynthia

June 11, 2021

Our town is the state’s 4th of July festival that includes parade, craft fair and a variety of activities that last for three days. I should stay at home away from the crowd but make a quick run down and around. The day ends with a neighborhood cookout.

Margery Henderson
Margery Henderson

June 11, 2021

We go camping and take our CanAm with us to ride the trails. Our entire family goes and we always have a wonderful time. Then later we all go to see the fireworks.

Sharon
Sharon

June 11, 2021

I celebrate the 4th of July with Family and friends grilling, and if we are able to watch fireworks the city shoots off

Linda
Linda

June 11, 2021

picnic (with corn on the cob & burgers & watermelon) , camping & fireworks

Ann
Ann

June 11, 2021

We usually had a snack by the man-made water ways by this park and housing area where people would decorate and parade their boats and kayaks – then watch the fireworks. (Pandemic has sort of shut a lot of things down – so it looks like another TV year . . . :-( )

Iris Sherman
Iris Sherman

June 11, 2021

I have been gone for a while but now I am back. I enjoy your site

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

June 11, 2021

I am Canadian and we celebrate Canada Day July 1st. Usually we have a a parade and food and craft vendors in the city, and lots of live bands entertaining. Due to COVID , these activities will likely not happen this year. I always enjoy the fireworks and on July 4th I always watch the American celebrations with fireworks on TV.

Piroska
Piroska

June 11, 2021

I’m Canadian, so we celebrate July 1- Canada Day. We usually have a family barbecue.

Ashley
Ashley

June 11, 2021

With a picnic

Shelly Peters
Shelly Peters

June 11, 2021

We have a decorated golf cart parade at the campground.

kathy M
kathy M

June 11, 2021

as kid s we go to parking lot of shopping area and watch the fireworks nearby park for free or watch from backyard when we moved to different area now I watch neighbor or go to top of hill to watch from my house to watch the local fireworks

Cathy
Cathy

June 11, 2021

picnic with family.

jj
jj

June 11, 2021

Family, friends, food and FIREWORKS!

Susan
Susan

June 11, 2021

BBQ and watch fireworks.

Emma Wyatt
Emma Wyatt

June 11, 2021

We try to see firework shows and sometimes the family gets together and the younger members of the family(and some older!!) get together to shoot their own fireworks!!!

C
C

June 11, 2021

We usually light some Sparklers in the yard. :)

Cathy M
Cathy M

June 11, 2021

I’m in Canada so we have our celebration on July 1st. We usually wear our red and white T-shirts, and have BBQ. At night we go and watch the fireworks.

designdreamer
designdreamer

June 11, 2021

When I was younger the 4th of July was a big deal that we celebrated, and my (small) town had fireworks, and my family would stake out our spot with a blanket, and watch fireworks. When I move to AZ they initially had fireworks, but over the years most places eliminated them for various reasons – many times because of fire hazards, sigh. SOOOOO, although I love to see them, we rarely go any more. :-(

Renee B
Renee B

June 11, 2021

On the 4th of July, we always have a nice bar-b-que with hamburgers and hotdogs, homemade potato salad and red, white and blue striped Jello. Brownies cut into the shape of stars and patriotic cupcakes. At about 10pm we do backyard fireworks on the ground and watch to the skies for big fireworks from the neighborhood. Sparklers and Pop-its while doing fireworks. We light a bunch of Citronella candles to fight off mosquitoes! If it’s not too hot, we roast marshmallows over a bon fire. Oh and don’t forget the patriotic music on the CD player. We all try to wear our patriotic t-shirts, hats and earrings. The dogs don’t like the big fireworks so we hold them close on our laps. Good thing they are small dogs!

carole
carole

June 11, 2021

I will be with my family celebrating my Mom’s 90th birthday. With a lot of food, fireworks and fun.

Susan
Susan

June 11, 2021

We like to enjoy time at the lake and try to stay cool. Watermelon and brisket are favorites!

Sharleen Rucker
Sharleen Rucker

June 11, 2021

Watch fireworks and cook out

Susan Blackwell
Susan Blackwell

June 11, 2021

Fireworks, Family!!!

Liza
Liza

June 11, 2021

Family, Fun & Fireworks!!*

Patricia
Patricia

June 11, 2021

This year we will be on a Mission Trip in Alaska,so we will do what ever is available in the area we are in.

Norma Middendorf
Norma Middendorf

June 11, 2021

I sit outside and watch the city display from our yard. It is beautiful. If our granddaughters are here they like to sit in the back of our Gator and eat popcorn while they watch it.

Sarah F
Sarah F

June 11, 2021

If I’m not working…I go out with the hubs for dinner, drinks, and fireworks.

Deb Fischer
Deb Fischer

June 11, 2021

We spray ourselves from head to toe with mosquito repellant then sit on the deck and watch the fireworks over the lake. Ahhhh, Summer!

Kathy
Kathy

June 11, 2021

I used to have to work every 4th of July as I ran a concessions stand. It was at one of the biggest fireworks display in Pennsylvania but I only ever got to see the ones in the sky, not the ground displays. I retired the year before covid so now I’ going to go and see the whole show sitting in a chair and enjoying myself lol.

William
William

June 11, 2021

I hole-up and hide. I still don’t abide the noise of fireworks well after 49 years.

Marilyn Stephens
Marilyn Stephens

June 11, 2021

Getting together with family spending the day remembering all of the good times we have had in the past and what we we will do in the future. My daughter and I talk about crafts we are both big time crafters.

Amy
Amy

June 11, 2021

Sadly my husband has to work on 4th of July and most other holidays, but when the kids were little I would take them to see fireworks or watch them on TV.

Kate
Kate

June 11, 2021

Family and home made ice cream from my grandmother’s recipe. One freezer of vanilla. One freezer of peanut butter. One freezer of chocolate, And one freezer of a fruit of the season, like blackberry or peach. We need lots of people to do all that cranking!

Shaphan Bouchard
Shaphan Bouchard

June 11, 2021

Usually yummy food (burgers, hot dogs) and our city does fireworks that we can see from our house. Then board or card games.

Michele J
Michele J

June 11, 2021

Fish fry and sometimes hand-shaken homemade ice cream!

sheila
sheila

June 11, 2021

we usually celebrate the 4th of July with a family cook-out. and since it is close to both my sister and my birthdays, cake and ice cream.

Jeri
Jeri

June 11, 2021

We celebrate the 4th of July with a nice quiet day at home with family and our pets. I live in the country and most years we can see 4 different sets of fireworks by looking out different windows or sitting in different parts of our yard.

Sandra
Sandra

June 11, 2021

I am Canadian and celebrate Canada Day July 1. I will make these headband with red and white Maple Leaves

Irene
Irene

June 11, 2021

Cook out, fireworks!

Vanessa
Vanessa

June 11, 2021

I am Canadian, so I usually celebrate Canada Day by spending time with family and being outside as much as possible!
I can’t wait to make one of those headbands, I want to make some like you show, American and some Canadian by switchjng the colours to red and white and doing leafs instead of stars!

Anne
Anne

June 11, 2021

Spend time with family we have not seen for a year.

S
S

June 11, 2021

Either I am participating in the Peachtree Road Race or I am cooking out with family and friends or sometimes both.

Ruth
Ruth

June 11, 2021

We celebrate the 4th of July with family, march in a parade, have a picnic and watch fireworks! A total celebration of the freedoms we are privileged to have!

Barbara
Barbara

June 11, 2021

These days we tend to stay home and have a cookout and watch what we can from the house.

Monya
Monya

June 11, 2021

My kids and I watch the town fireworks on the 3rd, go to the parade on the 4th and have a picnic at home with my sister and mom, then watch A Capitol Fourth on PBS!

Donna
Donna

June 11, 2021

We go to parade & have a get together

Marjory
Marjory

June 11, 2021

I celebrate by watching the Capitol Forth of July celebration on Public Television.

Lorrie
Lorrie

June 10, 2021

Usually watching fireworks. Hope.to spend some time with friends.

Wendy
Wendy

June 10, 2021

For many years, when the kids were growing up we built a big float for the town parade. Now they are grown and scattered. We miss them and doing that so much that now we decorate our old pontoon boat with lots of flags and decorations and participate in a water parade on our lake. We spend the day swimming with the dogs and riding around waving to friends and neighbors. The coolers are packed with lots of goodies both hot and cold. Once it is dark we gather with several hundred other boats in the bay to watch the fireworks, followed by star gazing and more food and reminiscing. Never know if any of the kids will be home to join us, but we hope so! This year we have our first grandbaby to fly the flags with us.

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I might make one for myself, too.

Wendy
Wendy

June 10, 2021

For many years, when the kids were growing up we built a big float for the town parade. Now they are grown and scattered. We mis them and doing that so much that now we decorate our old pontoon boat with lots of flags and decorations and participate in a water parade on out lake. We spend the day swimming with the dogs and riding around waving to friends and neighbors. The coolers are packed with lots of goodies both hot and cold. Once it is dark we gather with several hundred other boats in the bay to watch the fireworks, followed by star gazing and more food and reminiscing. Never know if any of the kids will be home to join us, but we hope so! This year we have our first grandbaby to fly the flags with us.

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I might make one for myself, too.

Annlee
Annlee

June 10, 2021

We have a family BBQ and firework after.

Shirley
Shirley

June 10, 2021

We have and granddaughter who’s birthday is on the 4th of July. So, we are usually with that family. This is a really cute tutorial. I will definitely be making some. I have another granddaughter who will probably want some for her doll.

K.H.
K.H.

June 10, 2021

I love finding a place high up off the ground to watch the fireworks.

Mattie
Mattie

June 10, 2021

We go camping and/or have a picnic. Then we always go the the Ralston Fire Works show.

Laura
Laura

June 10, 2021

Usually family cookout..but this year I doubt it.

Natalie
Natalie

June 10, 2021

My grandparents were married on July 4th, so they always had a huge party and cookout. Grandma was one of 8 kids and Pa was 1 of 10, so there were always a lot of people, and tons of kids to play with. And Great Uncle Earl always had to “count everyone’s ribs”, which was torture when you were as ticklish as me. But oh, how I wish he was still here to do it now. Grandma & Pa have passed now along with most of their siblings, so the cookouts stopped years ago. While our kids were little, my brother and sisters and I would get together for a meal and to shoot fireworks. It always had to be at their houses because fireworks are not legal where I live. Now that out kids are grown, my sisters don’t want to bother with it anymore. So I spend the day making baked beans and potato salad, maybe grilling some chicken. Then i watch the PBS concert and sing along with the songs. Then i go to bed. Not nearly as much fun as it used to be, but still satisfying.

Nanalynn
Nanalynn

June 10, 2021

We go to best friends house for cookout and watch fireworks from their backyard.

Chad
Chad

June 10, 2021

We celebrate with some great food and fireworks!

Amy Jo
Amy Jo

June 10, 2021

Historically, fireworks and a huge cookout with family and loved ones!

Diana M
Diana M

June 10, 2021

We have a cookout and watch fireworks in town.

Shirley C
Shirley C

June 10, 2021

We join in community activities or church family and then spend the day with family. Always a great day with family and friends !

Diane
Diane

June 10, 2021

I spend my Fourth of July with my two handsome grandson , daughter and son-in-law , by playing outside games , swimming and barbecue. In the evening we sit outside in the backyard and watch the fireworks.

Ro
Ro

June 09, 2021

Would go to the park to see fireworks, but prob not this year.

Maria L
Maria L

June 09, 2021

4th of July is BBQ day specially this year since we were not able to do it last year. Of course we see the fireworks at Flushing Meadows Park from our apartment!

Heather
Heather

June 09, 2021

Family, food, fireworks!

Cassandra D
Cassandra D

June 09, 2021

Family spending time outside looking at the fireworks in the sky at night with a food buffet in the afternoon.

Donna
Donna

June 09, 2021

We go to the lakes take a ride in our boat and watch the fireworks very cool to watch over the water.

Heidi
Heidi

June 09, 2021

Go watch the fireworks!

Summer
Summer

June 09, 2021

Watch fireworks!

Shasta
Shasta

June 09, 2021

We go see fireworks!

Amy
Amy

June 09, 2021

Go see fireworks.

Cindy
Cindy

June 09, 2021

Fireworks!

Bridgette S
Bridgette S

June 09, 2021

We go see fireworks.

Sandy
Sandy

June 09, 2021

Many years ago, 2 of our sons were in Boy Scouts. My husband became very active along with many other fathers. It was a wonderful experience and the boys and fathers have all remained close friends. Now every 4th we have a catch-up reunion with all the families and now their children too. After a grand potluck we all walk to the city park to enjoy the fireworks. It will be even grander (and more appreciated) this year, because last year was canceled due to covid.

Theresa Pasquale
Theresa Pasquale

June 09, 2021

We always have a big family picinc and go to a concert in the evening.

Tinaz
Tinaz

June 09, 2021

Our 4th of July celebrations vary, from year to year. May have a cookout, may watch fireworks.
Only thing that is a must, is appreciating the Freedom we have because of the wisdom and tenacity of the Forefathers of our Country.

Nancy A
Nancy A

June 09, 2021

We barbeque with family and watch fireworks in the evening! Always proudly fly our flag. We also make red, white and blue desserts.

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

June 09, 2021

We spend time with family and friends via FaceTime as we are all still staying at home.

Leanna
Leanna

June 09, 2021

We make smores on the barbecue and watch fireworks!

Rita M Skraba
Rita M Skraba

June 09, 2021

When my girls were younger our favorite 4th of July activity was to begin our day attending the parade in Mandan followed by lunch at our favorite park. We then finished our day watching the fireworks with the symphony playing on the state capitols lawn.

Amy
Amy

June 09, 2021

We visit the activities for the freedom festival. Hot air balloon race, colonial days, the walk of freedom, musical about freedom, the parade, picnic and fireworks.

Rebekah
Rebekah

June 09, 2021

We celebrate with a family cookout, then an evening concert in the park and fireworks.

Marion
Marion

June 09, 2021

We decorate the house and make flag sugar cookies.
Marion

Maxine
Maxine

June 09, 2021

We celebrate with a family Bar-B-Q and sparklers after. then we watch the fireworks of the town from our front yard. Being very blessed to live in a free country.

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