My friend Elisa is an actress in NYC. Upon moving there from Seattle over 10 years ago, she would make ends meet by babysitting and nannying for tons of kids in the area (some of whom she passed on to me to babysit for when I lived there!). Those two passions of hers, acting and teaching young children, evolved into founding an amazing company in NYC called Treasure Trunk Theatre. They have acting classes, birthday parties and camps for kids, where the kids go to the treasure trunk at the beginning of the class and then come up with a skit or act things out based on what they found inside. Such a brilliant idea, right?
For a while now I’ve wanted to contribute to her classes by making something that the kids might find inspiration in for one of their treasure trunk adventures. Since I knew I had to make 12 of them, I wanted to make something that was similar but also totally different from one another. Fast forward a few months spent looking up tons of ideas on Pinterest when it occurred to me that I should probably make some Troll headbands. They’re all similar, being Trolls, but are also completely different. It was a fun project, and so easy if you want to make them yourself. Mine are based on some of the characters from the new Trolls movie (Grandma, Biggie, Branch, King Peppy, Fuzzbert, Bridget, Harper, Smidge, Poppy, Creek and DJ Suki as seen below), but are still generic enough that they could just be regular old trolls. I think they would be so fun for a Troll-themed birthday party. You could also buy some already made from this adorable Etsy shop I found.
Check out my DIY tutorial below.
What you’ll need:
- Tulle – I bought this 10 pack from Amazon and it worked out really well. Since the tulle is already pretty narrow and on a roll, it made it much easier to work with than if I was using tulle cut by the yard.
- Headbands – I bought the 20 piece version of this 12 pack from Amazon and the color options worked out really well.
Step 1: For each troll headband, you need 20 stripes of tulle that are 2″ x 24″ long. If you have the same 6″ wide rolls I have, I just unrolled and cut 7 pieces to be 24″ long and then cut those pieces into thirds (this will leave one extra strip to create the ‘pony tail holder’).
Step 2: Take two stripes at one time and fold in half.
Step 3: Loop around headband and pull through. Repeat 9 times so you have 10 total sections. As mentioned above, this will leave you with one extra strip of tulle.
Step 4: Use remaining strip of tulle to tie ‘hair’ up.
That’s it! It’s fun to mess around with different color combos and such too if you don’t want to stick to movie-inspired combos. Check out my part 2 post here for some additional color combo ideas.
As always, Frankie was a really big help.
Here’s some fun Trolls gear if you’re looking to add to your collection:
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