Girls Want Pearls #44: Patriotic Sparkler Bunting Headband

It’s Monday, so that means another Girls Want Pearls here at Tarnished Royalty! Thank you so much for coming by and for all your positive comments about the pearl projects! This is week #44 of a 52 week series, so there aren’t many left. I want to share with you a project to glam yourself up while showing your patriotism for the upcoming July 4th celebrations. We’ll be making a Patriotic Sparkler Bunting Headband.

Husband gave me quite the sideways glance when I traipsed into the living room wearing this.


Here’s what you’ll need:

Creating the pearl and bead sparklers:
Cut 3 pieces of 18-20 gauge wire, approx. 8 inches in length.
Thread the wire through the shank on the button and bend till ends are together.String 5 each 8-10mm pearls onto each half of the wire. Bend around the tip of the wire to form a loop, securing the pearls onto the wire, using needle nose pliers or a jewelry tool as shown.

Twist the wire once at the bottom. You will have excess wire and the pearls will slide around, that’s okay we’ll fix that later. Repeat previous steps, using red and blue beads. Note: I used mercury glass beads for the red and blue, but any kind of bead will work and look great.

Creating the sparkler tips:
Cut 6 strips of aluminum foil, 1/2-3/4 inches wide by 6 inches in length. Working with one sparkler at a time, slide the pearls/beads down towards the button shank. Place the wire loop onto the foil and roll the foil around the loop, twisting and squeezing the foil to form the desired shape.
Cover the foil tip in glue followed by glitter. Repeat for the other 5 tips.

Adding the lace bunting:
Cut a strip of lace, 2-3 inches wide by 10-12 inches in length. Fold accordian style.

Pinch the top together and secure with glue or stitch with needle and thread. Fan out the bunting and attach it to the back of the button using glue. At this point, you may also want to glue some of the bunting folds to the button to create the desired fan shape.

Creating the headband strip:
You’ll be tying the headband on to wear it, so first wrap a strip of lace around your head and tie it to measure how long you want it. Cut the lace to measured length by desired width (mine is about 1 1/2 inches). I showed elastic in the supply list but later decided I’d rather tie it on.

Attaching sparkler/bunting to the headband:
Centering the button vertically on the lace strip so that there is some of the strip both above and below the button, attach with glue and allow to dry. Once dry, secure additionally with needle and thread to keep the sparklers from flipping.

Now go create your headband and sparkle in patriotic style!


Next week’s pearl post hint: Patriotic buffet

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7 thoughts on “Girls Want Pearls #44: Patriotic Sparkler Bunting Headband

  1. Ann, this is too fun! My hubby would think that I had finally fell off my rocker if I came out wearing one. lol! I think it would be such a fun activity for my family! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

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