How to Make a DIY Gold Sequin Hanger

New Year. New Closet.

As a typical New Year’s Resolution, I always promise to clean out my closet. I am a grade A clothes hoarder, no lie. I have a hard time parting with things because I can justify keeping almost anything and panic at the thought of missing an old item of clothing. Throw away floral palazzo pants that I’ve only worn once? But what if I get invited to brunch and want to wear them! Part with a sweater I haven’t worn in 2 years? But what if I change my mind! Cleaning my closet this season is a looming, but necessary evil that I must face. To cheer myself up, I’ve decided to find a way to celebrate the clothing I am letting myself keep. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found an inexpensive way to do this and have decided to make DIY Gold Sequin Hangers to hang my favorite pieces. I feel like displaying my clothing in a glam way will not only make my closet prettier, but also make my clothes feel a little more valuable. That and gold sequin covered anything makes me happy.

With that said, here is a super easy (and cheap) DIY Gold Sequin Hanger tutorial.

DIY SEQUIN HANGER

  • Materials
    • Wooden hanger
    • 3-6 yards of sequin ribbon
    • Tacky glue
    • Scissors
    • 1 Q-tip

I purchased all of materials at Walmart, but I’m sure you could find them at any other local craft store or big-box store.

Directions

  1. Dot several inches of tacky glue on the back side of one end of the ribbon. Wait a few seconds so the glue can become tacky before applying to the hanger.
  1. Starting at one end of the wooden hanger, firmly press the ribbon onto the wooden part and wrap going in an inward direction.

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*Helpful hint: Use the q-tip to wipe off any excess glue as you’re wrapping. You don’t want the glue to ooze through the ribbon and show on the outside.

  1. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the hanger while slightly overlapping the ribbon.

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*Helpful hint: Keep the sequin ribbon pulled taut while you wrap.

  1. If desired, cut small piece of the sequin ribbon and glue to each end of the hanger. This will cover any exposed wood.
  1. TADA! That’s literally it. Let the glue dry completely before showcasing your top or dress on your new sequin hanger!

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I hope that you and your closet find as much joy in the DIY Gold Sequin Hanger as I do!

How to Make a DIY Gold Sequin Hanger

Easy Dessert Recipe: No Bake Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

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If you’re anything like me, the second you get invited to yet another holiday get-together, you start pondering what food you’re going to have to bring. The thought of having to actually cook/bake/make something that someone other than my husband will eat sends me into a minor panic. I’m the girl that forgot to add cheese to Buffalo Cheese Dip. The girl that didn’t realize you should drain the grease from hamburger meat before adding it to chili. When I say I can’t cook, I’m not just being modest. Even an easy dessert recipe can intimidate me.

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However, I’m also constantly pinning recipes to my Pinterest boards with the belief that I’ll, one day, change my undomesticated ways. When a potluck for work popped up this week, I decided that attempting a no bake dessert should be simple enough even I could handle it. If it turned out horribly, I could always run to the grocery store and fool my coworkers with something from the bakery.

The easy recipe I found is for a No Bake Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Dip. This simple dessert only calls for 6 ingredients and doesn’t require a lot of time.

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Ingredients:

  • One 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup powdered hot chocolate mix
  • ¾ cup Cool Whip
  • 2-3 candy canes (crushed)

You’ll also need these:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Serving bowl and plate

Here’s all you do:

  1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the Greek yogurt, marshmallow fluff, and hot chocolate mix. Beat again until fully mixed and fluffy.
  2. Fold in ½ cup of Cool Whip until fully mixed.
  3. Here, I transferred the dip from my mixing bowl to a nicer bowl for serving.
  4. Top with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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Voilà! This easy dessert recipe makes about 2 cups and can be served with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, mini cookies, pretzels, or practically any other sweet treat.

Easy Dessert Recipe: No Bake Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Dip

How to Make a Gift Bag out of Wrapping Paper

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a crafty person. Personalized stockings? Don’t expect to get one from me. A wreath made entirely out of ornaments? No way, Jose. A homemade sugar scrub? Definitely not, but I will grab one for you at Sephora. Needless to say, I typically avoid the D.I.Y. category on Pinterest but when I saw a tutorial on how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper, I figured it was so easy even I could pull it off. Well, that and I could post it to PinterestFail.com if it turned out to be a total flop.

Not only is this D.I.Y. bag extremely easy to make, but it is also an easy way to save a few bucks around the holidays. Let’s face it, the prettiest bags are the most expensive and have such a high potential of being immediately thrown away that they sort of feel like a waste of $5. Wrapping paper is so much cheaper and you can get more bang for your buck if you make multiple gift bags from the same roll.

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You’ll only need a few materials for this project including: scotch tape, scissors, ribbon, and your choice of wrapping paper.

Step 1.

You’ll need to decide how big you need your gift bag to be, depending on what you’re going to put in it. It’s better to overestimate than to have a bag that is too small. After you’ve rolled it out and decided how much to use, cut the wrapping paper to size.

*Helpful hint: when you roll the paper out, the shorter sides should be on the right and left. The longer sides should be at the top and bottom.

Step 2.

Place your wrapping paper face down (or pretty size down) on the table. Fold both sides until they meet in the middle. Pull them to slightly overlap each other and then tape the seam.

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Step 3.

Fold the bottom end of the wrapping paper up. If you want your bag to be a little taller, then keep the fold small. If you’d like a shorter bag then I recommend folding the bottom end to the center.

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Step 4.

Separate the two sides of your newly created fold and flatten out the corners, creating a diamond. Fold in each side to the middle of the diamond and secure the seam with tape.

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Step 5.

Stand up your bag and open it up! Cut ½” slits on the side creases and fold each side inward. Smooth the fold. Using a hole punch, punch holes for your ribbon handles.

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*Helpful hint: To make sure that your holes are even, punch holes on both sides of the paper. Carefully pull your ribbon through the holes.

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Step 6.

Place your gift inside the bag and bam! Look at you go, you crafty rockstar you.

Need something more to put in that bag? Shop one size fits all giftables for guys and gals here!

 

How to Make a Gift Bag out of Wrapping Paper

Fashion Friday: DIY Fashion Emergency Kit

Happy Friday ladies! The weekend is here and if some of you are going out, you might have a fashion emergency on your hands. Disaster strikes when you least expect it, so we have a DIY Fashion Emergency Kit that you can put together yourself just in case. Here are some items to put in your fashion first aid kit!

1.) Nylon Stockingsnylon-stockings-590

Getting rid of deodorant lines and minor makeup stains is a breeze. Just take a pair of nylon panty hose and rub it off gently. You can recycle your old stockings or if you want to save space, you can keep the disposable nylon socks you use when trying on shoes in a store.

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With the influx of jewelry we are accumulating, there is bound to be statement necklace or arm party mishap. Pinch that baby back shut and save your look for the day.

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These are wonderful when trying to get rid of static in your hair or clothes. Gently rub yourself and get rid of clingy clothes and erratic hair.

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Perfect for a quick shoe cleaning or makeup spot removal.

5.) Clear Nail PolishCC02ClearNail

Stop runs in your hosiery with clear nail polish. Dap it at the source and stop the run in its tracks.

6.) Black Permanent Markerurl

Hide nicks and scuffs on your heels and shoes with a permanent marker.

7.) Double Sided Tape51jkkqeZ+yL._SY300_

Double-sided tape is a great item to carry with you. Not only will it fix your hem or keep your neckline in place, double-sided tape is a great lint remover.

8.) Super Gluesuperglues1

Super glue dries fairly fast and can be used to fix your heel, reapply beading/sequins, and repair fashion jewelry.

9.) Small Sewing KitSewing-Kit-for-Christmas-Island

Buttons fall off. Straps break. Seams split. A sewing kit is a MUST HAVE for all fashion emergency kits.

10.) Stain Remover Pentide-to-go-stain-pen_071308

Need I say more?

What would you put in your Fashion First Aid Kit?

Fashion Friday: DIY Fashion Emergency Kit

How to Hem Your Jeans with the Original Hem

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Have you ever found that one pair of jeans that you want more than chocolate cake, only to discover in the dressing room that the legs are too long? With denim companies like Grace in LA, Miss Me, Cello, and Rock Revival sticking to a standard 34-inch inseam on denim styles, us shorties sometimes have a rough time when shopping for jeans.

Fear not my vertically challenged friends! Here’s a quick 8-step tutorial on How to Hem Your Jeans with the Original Hem. It’s SUPER easy and fast.

Hemming Your Jeans DIY Tutorial

Step 1: Measure and determine your inseam length (This is the seam on the inside of your leg and is the second number listed on the size you buy). If you already know what length you currently buy, use that measurement. My inseam measurement was 31.5-inches.

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Step 2: Fold the fabric in on itself at the inside seam until it measures the length you want. Think of it as if you are making a pleat on the inside of the jean. You will line up the fold on the outside directly next to the thick stitching at the hem. NOTE: The original hem will be included into your inseam measurement.how-to-pin-your-hemmed-jeans

Step 3: Use sewing pins to pin your new hem in place. Don’t be shy! You want it to stay in place. Start at the inside seam, and pin it in place as you go around the bottom.hemming-your-jeans-with-and-keep-the-bottom

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This is what the inside will look like

Step 4: Repeat on the other leg.hemming-jeans

Step 5: Line the legs of your pinned jeans up and make sure they are even. It they aren’t–adjust them and re-pin.how-to-hem-denim-jeans

Step 6: Pick out a thread that will blend in with your denim jeans. Start sewing a basic basting stitch at the inside seams, removing pins as you go. Back stitch at the beginning and the end.

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Remove the pins before sewing over them

Step 7: You will have a flap inside of the jean. If you want, you can remove it by cutting the extra fabric along the seam, leaving a ½-inch seam allowance. If you want a less permanent fix, you can press the seam with an iron and hand stitch each side in place. This way, you can always remove the hem and return the jean to its original length. Or you can just leave it alone! (That’s what I did)
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You can’t even tell!

easy-tutorial-to-hemming-your-jeansStep 8: Enjoy your new DIY hemmed jeans! Check out our before and after!

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How to Hem Your Jeans with the Original Hem

4 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf: Look By M Tartan Plaid Scarf

4-ways-to-wear-a-blanket-scarfWhen buying a scarf that isn’t of the infinity variety, don’t be intimidated by its size or styling options. There are plenty of easy ways to style an oversized scarf that will compliment your outfit perfectly. Whether you are wearing it for warmth with your favorite coat or pairing it with a specific outfit, we’ll show you our favorite ways to wear a blanket scarf this season.

The Lazy Day Single Wrapways-to-wear-plaid-tartan-scarf

Who said that you have to be fancy? Traditional is key with this look and you will be out of the door in seconds with a single loop around your neck. Perfect with your favorite coat or cardigan, this simple style can be worn by everyone. Add some variety by half tying the ends for a new look.

The Chic Kerchief

kercheif-ways-to-wear-plaid-tartan-scarfStart by folding your tartan plaid blanket scarf in half. After grabbing the opposite corners, half tie the ends at the back of your neck. Finish the kerchief style by tucking the loose ends and adjusting the scarf as desired.

The Classic Infinity Scarf

infinity-plaid-tartan-scarfWe all love the simplicity that the infinity scarf brings to our lives, so styling your plaid tartan scarf this way is an easy and cute way to wear a blanket scarf. Spice up your look by adding layers and different prints with your plaid tartan scarf.

The Belted Shawlways-to-wear-a-blanket-scarf

Pair this scarf with your favorite solid tunic or sheath dress for the ultimate accessory. Simply fold the scarf long ways and lay the scarf over your shoulders. Play around with different belts for a fresh look.

4 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf: Look By M Tartan Plaid Scarf

Rock the Ugly this Year with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit

The countdown to Christmas has begun and the infamous holiday party is on everyone’s minds. Now more than ever, less people are getting dolled up and more people are succumbing to the Ugly Christmas Sweater. And the UGLIER, the better!

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It’s more than just looking ugly, however. As we figured out last year, it has become a contest among partygoers of who can wear the ugliest sweater of them all! This has sparked a competitive streak in many that has created a huge challenge for all the DIY-ers out there. Brace yourselves. It’s about to get UGLY!

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit

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With the Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit, you can make your own Ugly Sweater this year, custom tailored to your tastes. The sweaters come in a solid green, solid red, red and green color block, or red and green with candy cane striped sleeves.

 

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Pre-Made Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Not much of a “do-it-yourselfer?” No worries! We have Christmas sweaters that are already ugly!

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Extras: Holiday Christmas Décor

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Perfect for the holiday season, these Primitives by Kathy Box Signs are perfect for the Holiday season!

Do you dress up in Ugly Christmas Sweaters for the Holidays?

Rock the Ugly this Year with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit

DIY Boot Cuffs for Riding Boots and Ankle Booties

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I have to admit, I have a bit of a boot obsession. Whether it is a riding boot, combat boot, or an ankle bootie really makes no difference to me. When I can start wearing fall fashion I feel like a kid in a candy store.

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Fall fashion, to me, is like a giant recipe, and my wardrobe turns into the ingredients that can create something really special. Mixing different colors, prints, and textures is fun as well as satisfying. And the way we layer our clothes allows us to express our personal style.

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I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to add a unique extra layer to your outfit this season. Boot cuffs and boot socks add personality and style to your ensemble that can really leave a big impact. And the best part is, you can make them yourself right at home!

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What you will need:

  • 1 pair of Candy Rain Fleece Lined Leggings OR a pair of socks
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Buttons

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I used my Candy Rain Fleece Lined Leggings from last season to make my first pair of button boot cuffs, but you could easily substitute a pair of socks, which I’ll show you at the end.

DIY Boot Cuffs Tutorial from Candy Rain Leggings

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First, measure out where to cut the bottom of the leggings. The bottom hem will serve as the top of your button boot cuffs. You will want them long enough to stay in place, but short enough that you can slouch and style them with shorter boots as well. I cut mine at 8-inches.

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Once you have both legs cut, use the hot glue gun to glue the buttons in a line from the top edge. This will be faster and easier than sewing them on (although you can sew them on if you have time) and hot glue will ensure that they hold up in the washing machine. TIP: Be sure to glue the buttons on the OPPOSITE side of the legging’s seam (if there is one).

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Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes and you are set!

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DIY Boot Cuffs Tutorial from Socks

You can also repurpose a pair of socks into a pair of boot cuffs. (Don’t throw those hole-y socks out just yet!) I cut the bottom of the sock off at the ankle and used the leg of the sock to make my button boot cuffs. Below I have shown what it will look like AFTER you cut the bottom of the sock off at the ankle.

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Now that you are done, you can add extra charm to your outfits by layering your boot cuffs with your favorite boots. These are perfect with both tall boots and ankle booties. Check out how they look styled each way!

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Styled Above:

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Styled Above:

DIY Boot Cuffs for Riding Boots and Ankle Booties

Easy DIY Bracelet for Your Arm Party

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Are you in search of an Easy DIY Bracelet to add to your Arm Party this year? We have the perfect solution with our DIY Bracelet Tutorial. Within minutes, you will be able to add a little color and a lot of personality to your Arm Candy line-up!  Join the Glik’s Arm Party by making your own bracelet!

You are Cordially Invited to the Glik’s Arm Party!

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What to Bring to the Arm Party:

  • Metal Chain (found at Michael’s for $3.99)
  • Multi-Colored Ponytail Holders without Metal
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Additional Arm Candy/Bracelets to add to your DIY Bracelet

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Step 1:

Measure your wrist and subtract the length of the ponytail holder you are using. This will be the length of chain that you will need. We used a 4-inch length chain for a 6.5-inch wrist, because our ponytail holder was 2.5-inches long.

Step 2:

Measure out the chain and use the pliers to open the links at each end.

Step 3:

Once each end is open, loop the ponytail holder through the link and pinch it back closed.

Step 4:

Repeat this process on the other side, creating a circular bracelet.

(TIP: Make sure the chain links are not twisted and lay flat before closing the link)

Step 5:

Slip the bracelet on and adjust as desired.

 

Don’t be afraid to add more bracelets to your Arm Party! Alex and Ani, Bourbon and Boweties, and Lily and Laura bracelets mixed well with our DIY bracelets and brought extra style and positive energy to our arm party!

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We want to be invited to your Arm Party! Follow us on Instagram and tag @gliksofficial and #gliks for a shoutout!

Easy DIY Bracelet for Your Arm Party

7 Cute Ways to Wear a Headband

1. The Plain Jane

One of the first cute ways to wear a headband is a simple one. You wear your hair down straight or curled all the time right? It is important not to overthink things and just slip the headband over your head. You can push the back of the headband up to create a slight bump for extra style, or just leave as is. Style your bangs however feels most comfortable and stroll out of your front door. Simple. And super cute. We used the Natural Life Boho Bandeau for our basic everyday look.

cute-ways-to-wear-a-headband-natural-life 2. The Jock

One of the most practical and cute ways to wear a headband is during your daily workout. Intense workouts can be sweaty and you will appreciate a headband that is easy to wear and keeps the hair away from your face. We recommend styling the Pink Pewter Stella Microfiber Yoga Headband. This amazing headband’s fabric stays in place during your most strenuous sweat sessions. And you look good wearing it. Score!

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3. The Super Chic

A unique and easy way to style a headband is by wrapping it around your hair bun. Whether you wrap your bun with a rhinestone-embellished headband, or use a subtle and decorative metallic headband, this look will elevate a simple bun from ordinary to chic! We used the Pink Pewter Allison Headband for our high-fashion look. As a variation, use one of our Pink Pewter Hair Clips instead!

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4. The Flower Child

Peace, Love, Floral. Perhaps one of the easiest and cute ways to style a headband is across the forehead. This retro and adorable look is surprisingly easy to pull off whether you have long and luscious locks or a short bob. You can style your hair up or down because this look will be perfect either way with one of our Floral Headbands.

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5. The Refined Lady

We are about to knock your socks off with our next hairstyle. Of all the cute ways to wear a headband, this one will leave you the most excited. Many of us think that to achieve an elegant and sophisticated updo, we have to schedule an appointment with our hair stylist. What if we told you that you could accomplish this by yourself in less than 5 minutes? That’s what we thought! Pink Pewter has made this possible with their many styles of embellished stretch headbands. It is as easy as slipping the headband over your head and tucking your hair in the double elastic stretch band. Check out how to achieve this easy style below! Need step-by-step instructions? Click here. For a variation, braid your hair into sections before tucking it into the elastic headband. Or you can switch it up and only roll the top half of your hair for a half up half down look. We used the Pink Pewter Amari Headband.

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6. The Girl Next Door

Feeling girly? Braiding your hair to the side and styling a headband can be one of the softest and most feminine ways to wear a headband. Can’t braid your own hair? No worries! A side ponytail will suffice to achieve this cute girl-next-door look. We used a delicate lace design to add more of a dainty feel. Another great style of headband for this look is the Natural Life Crochet Headband. 

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7. The Stylish Tomboy

Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up and just don’t feel like messing with your hair at all? Guilty! Perfect for those carefree days, the turban headband is ideal for the ladies out there that love to throw their hair into a messy bun, brush on minimal make-up, and go about their day. You will still look put-together by styling one of our Pink Pewter Turban Headbands with your cute and messy ponytail. This look is especially cute with an oversized sweatshirt and leggings. Promise!

pink-pewter-turban-headband-cute-ways-to-wear-a-headbandCheck out our blog that features a video of some different ways to wear a headband or our step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) of How to Wear Elastic Headbands.

 

7 Cute Ways to Wear a Headband