First there was Princess Leia and her cinnamon roll style hair-do. Years later came the Limi Feu spring/summer 2009 runway show and their amazing hair covered headphones. Then with a Boom Boom Pow Fergie is all over MTV wearing her own spikey hairphones. I thought to myself, mommy like. The problem, I don’t wear headphones. What I do wear are ear muffs.
As you know ear muffs are typically not the most stylish looking of warming accessories and I set out to change that. Inspired by the hairphones and with a wink and a smile I hope to keep your ears not only warm, but also in vogue with today’s I Love to Create project.
Tracks of Hair
Liquid Fusion Glue
2 Plastic Doll Faces
Aleene’s Hot Glue Gun
Small Rubber Bands
All Hair and Ear Muffs are not Created Equal
First you need to choose your hair. I opted for a red/brown shade to match my real hair. I also went with cheap synthetic hair. This is the exact same fake hair you would use to put in extensions (read about my escapades with fake hair here and my sister Hope’s how-to guide for installing a weave here). The hair comes in tons of colors and if you wanted to pay more money you could even buy human hair.
Once you have your hair, next you need ear muffs. Look for ear muffs that don’t collapse or fold up like a sandwich. If you had to you could make a pair from foam and a hairband.
The first step is to coat the band of the ear muffs with Liquid Fusion Glue on top and underneath. Take a portion of the hair and wrap the headband. Use clothes pins to secure the ends.
Creepy Vintage Doll Heads Make Everything Better
The next step was a happy accident actually. As I was braiding, wrapping and gluing hair to the earmuffs I started to realize that I did not have enough hair for the job. Suddenly I thought back to some crocheted doilies I had recently purchased at the thrift store with creepy doll heads in the center. I rushed to my stash of doll parts and there smiling back at me were two of the exact same vintage doll head halves. They fit perfectly in the center of my ear muffs and added just the right amount of kitsch to my couture hairphones.
I used Aleene’s hot glue to attach the braids for the most part. However, I went back through with Liquid Fusion Glue to anchor down all the ends. Hold in place with clothes pins and allow to dry overnight.
All that is left to do is wait for a chilly day. I never thought I would say this, but I kinda can’t wait for our next cold snap just so I can wear my hair muffs.
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***This is a sponsored post by I Love to Create – I was compensated & given free supplies. Mama has gotta pay the bills somehow and really who in their right mind would say no to free craft supplies***
Oh my gosh. Those are awesome. I'm particularly diggin' the pic of the hair muffs on the aligator.
And so simple! Kinda makes me a little sad to live in Phoenix…
These are so great, makes me think..you could glue anything to earmuffs!
Hilarious! And of course now I have all sorts of ideas!
Its pretty cold in the ATL right now so earmuffs would come in handy. I got your book yesterday, finally. I LOVE IT! and I think I might actually have become a NSC groupie now… hee hee (Not the stalker kind but the loving fan kind) Keep up the great work!
Unbelievabley awesome. I have to make this asap!!
Jen you are too Funny!!!! I love these!!!!!
There is just so much creativity bottled up in our heads. Who would have ever thought of these?
Glad you guys like em, I am pretty smitten on them myself even if they are a little whack-a-doo.
At dinner last night some friends pointed out that the term "hairmuffs" sounded a little PG-13. My mother-in-law the minister came up with the name so I thought it was innocent enough. However, now I am not sure I like it either. Got any better suggestions?
I love them!
OK, those are so funky fresh! And I didn't think hairmuffs sounded PG 13 until you made me think that. Now I can't go back . . . gotta love those creepy doll faces!
I can envision making these for Syl – not only would they keep her lil ears warm but also give her the appearance of the hair she's so lacking 😉
Awesome!!! What a cute idea!!
This is fun, Jen! 🙂 xoxo