OlyFun Desert Flowers and Succulents Headband

Categories: Fashion Accessories, Accessory, Oly*Fun

These succulents and desert flowers are made with OlyFun, and used on a headband. OlyFun cuts like paper, doesn’t fray, and adheres well with hot glue. While I added my succulents and desert flowers to a headband, they would look great on wood stems, in a bowl, in a bouquet, on a barrette, on a hat, on a wreath, or any other place you would normally use flowers. OlyFun in Kiwi, Sea Green, and Clover are perfect for succulents. Lemon Drop, Bubble Gum, and Orange Crush are perfect for desert flowers. You could use any of the 18 colors and 4 metallics of OlyFun for custom succulents and flowers. For added details, use fabric paint. I tested out several methods for making these succulents and flowers. This tutorial is for the easiest and best way to make pretty flowers and succulents. This is a no-sew project, using only the Adhesive Technologies Two-Temperature Full Size Cordless Glue Gun and Glue Sticks to assemble the flowers, succulents, and wrapped headband.

What you need to make this project

Materials
OlyFun Craft Pack in Clover
OlyFun Craft Pack in Sea Green
OlyFun Craft Pack in Kiwi
OlyFun Craft Pack in Lemon Drop
OlyFun Craft Pack in Orange Crush
OlyFun Craft Pack in Bubble Gum
1" White plastic headband blank
Supplies
Scissors
Adhesive Technologies Two-Temperature Full Size Cordless Glue Gun
Adhesive Technologies Multi Temperature Full Size Glue
Silicone craft mat

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Instructions

Step One

Plug in the hot glue gun. Add a hot glue stick to the chamber. Move the switch to Low (blue). Set the gun on the silicone craft mat, while it heats up. Any hot glue that gets on the mat can be easily peeled off.

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Step Two

Cut 1/2″ wide strips of Clover OlyFun. Hot glue and wrap the strips around the headband, at an angle, overlapping the edges. Add new strips on the headband back. I add glue to the headband back and front when starting at stopping strips, but only to the back for most of the wraps. This makes the front smoother.

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Step Three

Cut two small rectangles of Clover OlyFun. Glue and fold them over the headband ends.

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Step Four

Cut a 2″ by 1″ oval. Along the short middle, squeeze a line of hot glue. Fold the oval in half along that line, and press flat. Apply hot glue along the fold. Roll the folded oval along that line. This forms the center of the flower. The succulents all have the same style center, regardless of leaf shape. The flowers have a different center, but the petals are added in the same way as the leaves.

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Step Five

The leaves and petals are all ovals. For pointed plants, cut the ovals into points at one end. For round plants, use ovals. The length and width increase as the plant gets bigger.

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Step Six

For the center, layer wrap 6-8 small leaves around the center bud sides. Use hot glue at the leaf’s bottom edge. Stager the leaves, for a better shape.

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Step Seven

To shape the succulent, hot glue medium to large leaves to the bud bottom, in layers. Again, stagger the leaves, for a fuller and better shape.

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Step Eight

When you are finished hot gluing the largest leaves, the succulent should look similar to mine. Succulents can have either pointed or rounded leaves. I used different style succulents for my headband.

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Step Nine

The flowers have stamen centers. For these, cut a 2″ wide by 5″-6″ rectangle of Lemon Drop OlyFun. Squeeze a line of hot glue along one long side. Fold over the other long side, matching up the edges. Press down flat. Along the folded edge, cut 1/2″ slits 1/8″ apart. Squeeze another line of hold glue along the long edge. Roll the strip together, to form a stamen.

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Step Ten

The flower petals are added in the same way as the succulent leaves. Hot glue small Bubble Gum or Orange Crush petals layered around the stamen sides. Then, hot glue medium and small petals to the bottom in layers.

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Step Eleven

Arrange your succulents and flowers. Work one plant at a time, starting in the center. Add hot glue to the plant bottom. Press it firmly in place on the wrapped headband.