The DIY Rhinestone Starfish Bridal Headband

After so many years of barn and farm weddings (which we still love), it warms our hearts to watch the rise of by-the-sea weddings this year. Seaside, beach, tropical, and nautical weddings are beginning to have their moment and we’re thrilled to bring you some  sea-themed projects for your DIY big day with our friends from Totally Dazzled that are on trend and won’t kill your budget.

Today we’re creating a gorgeous headband embellished with rhinestone starfish, the perfect accessory for your beachy tresses.

This is a ridiculously easy project – and one that packs a lot of “wow” factor. Easy and awesome? What’s not to love, right?

What You’ll Need:

  • Flat metal headband, ours is from a dollar-type store.
  • Jeweler’s glue such as Dazzle Tac, E6000, or Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue
  • Rhinestone sea stars from Totally Dazzled, various sizes*
  • Wire cutters for clipping the backs of non-flat back embellishments
  • Metal file or emery board for smoothing out burrs or edges from cutting embellishments
  • Toothpick for spreading glue
  • Newspaper for protecting your work table
  • Paper towels for wiping excess glue


Before you begin, please set up your work space in a well-ventilated area. E6000 and other epoxy/strong glues often release strong fumes. Nausea and dizziness and no fun. Be safe, friends!

1. Basically, you’ll just glue the rhinestones sea stars onto the headband. HOW COULD THIS BE ANY EASIER!? Ah, but it’s a little trickier than it sounds. The hardest part is arranging your beautiful little sea stars on the band; before you start gluing, play with placement a bit. You can do a full row from ear-to-ear or you can, like we’ve done here, arranged the stars in a cluster on one side of the band. It’s a chic look and looks fab with just about any hair style long or short.  To make this project easy, lay out your arrangement on a piece of paper before you glue so all you have to do is transfer from the paper to the band with no guesswork.



2. For this project, we used some rhinestone star fish that were not flat backs. They were pins or slides originally but a clip with a wire cutter transformed them into the beauties you see now. Use a metal file or an emery board to smooth out any rough edges from cutting.


3. The next hardest part (and it’s really not all that hard) is applying the stars to the band. Add a dollop of glue to the back of a rhinestone star fish/sea star and press it onto the metal band. Hold it in place for 60 seconds or until the glue starts to get grippy. Move on to the next; we overlapped each of the sea stars just a bit to give a more refined and luxe finish.


As for arrangement, we did began with one of the small starfish at the midpoint of the headband, added a few large starfish, and went smaller as we progressed toward the end of the headband. We left the last 1″ of the band uncovered.



4. Repeat until you’ve covered the band to your liking. That’s all there is to it!




For this project, I used the following Totally Dazzled products:





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DIY Tutorial: Wire Love Necklace

This wire necklace is an easy way to create a unique piece in very little time.  Honestly, the whole necklace from start to finish took me 5 minutes at most.

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  • 2 – 3mm jump rings
  • 6.5 inches of 24 gauge wire
  • 1 – 16″ metal chain
  • 1 ring clasp
  • 1 – 6mm jump ring
  • Wire cutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers

Estimated cost: $10 


1. To start this project, you’ll need to print off or freehand the word ‘Love.’  Make sure to choose a font where the letters are connected (Lucida Handwriting is a good one in Word).  You’ll be using the printout as a guide for the shaping the wire.

2.Starting 3/4 of an inch from one end, begin shaping the L with the round nose pliers.  Start at the top and work your way down (see pictures below).


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3. Continue to shape the wire until the word is completed.


4. At the end of the first and last letter, create a small circle for the jump rings.

5. Attach the jump rings to both circles, thread chain through on each side, and attach a clasp and jump ring to finish the piece off.


This necklace could be used as a gift for bridesmaids, flower girls or any other special gal in your bridal party, and can be easily customized into other words or even names!



Tulle Flower Shoe Pins

If you feel like your wedding shoes could do with a little bit of sumpn’ sumpn’ don’t be afraid to grab a hold of some scissors and get creative. Making your own shoe embellishments is actually super fast, easy and cheap. You don’t even need fancy bits and pieces or tools.

Plus, if you make your own shoe pins, you can match them exactly to your wedding color scheme, the color of your husband’s eyes or use them as sneaky way to incorporate your “something blue” into the wedding. And since they’re completely versatile and movable, your DIY shoe pins can even tie the bridesmaids’ shoes together if your gals have chosen different styles. Here’s how to make the magic happen:



  • Chiffon or tulle material
  • Needle
  • Thread (in color that matches the material))
  • Material scissors
  • Hairpins
  • Shoes


Step 1: Cut two pieces of material


Cut two pieces of material. Each one should be a bit wider and approximately seven times longer than the hairpins.

Step 2: Fold material


Fold the material in a zigzag pattern.

Step 3: Slide into pin


Pinch the material in the center and slide it into a hairpin. Make sure it’s even on both sides and on both pins.

Step 4: Slide pins onto shoes


Slide the pins onto the center part of your shoes and make sure that they are balanced.

TIP: If you worry about cutting and sewing around your wedding shoes (particularly if they’re white), you can always use a different pair to do the crafting and then move the pins to your wedding shoes once they’re done.

Step 5: Trim


Pinch the material to the center and trim it by half an inch. Repeat so that both pins look the same.

Step 6: Pinch and sew



Pinch the material up and sew the material from one side of the pin to the other until the shape is even and looks nice. Repeat with the second pin.

Step 7: Trim


Use the material scissors to trim both flowers on the pins to shape. Once you’re finished you can take them off and put them back on as you like.




Personalized Bridesmaid’s Necklace

Your bridesmaids are pretty special people – after all you chose them for a reason. Plus there’s a good chance they’re going to help to dress you on your big day, so you want to make sure they’re feeling appreciated.

Finding fitting bridesmaids’ gifts isn’t always easy. You’re probably working to a budget, would like the gift to be memorable (yet also practical so that they get good use out of it), and — of course — you want your favorite ladies to love it.

Worry not, we have the perfect answer: a personalized necklace. It’s easy, inexpensive, has a personal touch that’ll pull on their heart strings and — conveniently — you can see how to make it happen right here. Bingo!



  • Chandelier crystals
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Mod Podge dimensional magic
  • Burlap twine
  • Washi tape


Step 1: Place the crystal over the paper


Play around with your paper by sliding the crystal over it until you find an area that looks interesting. Then trace around it to mark it.

Step 2: Personalize


Using your pen write the name of your bridesmaid (or bridesmaids), a memorable quote or a special message on your paper tracing. Make a few extras so you have some options.

Step 3: Cut out the pieces


Cut out the pieces you’ve prepared and take another look at how they look by placing the chandelier crystal over the top. Select your favorite for each bridesmaid.

Step 4: Mod Podge


Cover the pack of the chandelier crystal with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, however keep it light around the area where the writing is or it will smudge. Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is water soluble, so keep a moistened paper towel around and wipe any areas that the Mod Podge leaks onto but isn’t wanted.

Step 5: Place the paper


Gently place the paper onto the back of the chandelier crystal and smooth it down with a paper towel, while being careful not to moisten the area that has the writing. Pat the excess Mod Podge away with a paper towel.

Step 6: Stick washi tape to the back


Once the back has dried (give it a good six hours for best results), stick strips of washi tape over the back and trim them to the size of the crystal.

Step 7: Make a second washi tape layer


Repeat the process in step 6 by sticking down a second layer of washi tape over the back of the crystal and trimming it to size.

Step 8: Cover the back in Mod Podge


Now coat the back of the pendant in Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, again being more sparing in the area where the writing is to avoid smudging. Leave it to dry for at least six hours.

Step 9: Cut the twine


Measure out the length you would like the necklace to be and cut the twine to size. I used 32-inch pieces for my necklaces.

Step 10: Thread the twine


Thread the twine through the top of the chandelier crystal and secure in place.

Step 11: Repeat


Repeat the steps until you have personalized necklaces for all of your bridesmaids.

Handmade Floating Pearl and Crystal Necklace

The floating necklace gives the illusion of beads floating around your neck. This necklace can be made for the lovely bride or as necklaces for bridesmaids. You can use pearls, crystals, or gem stones that compliment your dress. This tutorial is easy and would be a great way to spend the day with your bridesmaids before the wedding.

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Materials for floating necklace


  • Clear Monofilament
  • 80 crimp beads, 2 mm
  • 15 glass pearls, 8 mm
  • 15 crystal rounds, 4 mm
  • 2 stardust crimp covers, 4 mm
  • 2 jump rings, 4 mm
  • 1 toggle set


Step 1: Cut 3 lengths of clear monofilament (I cut 19-, 21-, and 23-inch lengths). I left an extra inch that will be used in making the end loops.

Step 2: Insert the clear wires into a crimp bead and make a loop passing it back through the crimp bead. Crimp the bead tightly to secure it in place.

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Step 3: Thread on another crimp bead and position until it is approximately 1/4-inch from the end of the wire. Take crimp bead pliers and crimp bead securely.

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Step 4: Add one pearl and follow with crimp bead. Place crimp bead close to your bead and secure it with crimp pliers.

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This time, leaving a space of approximately 1/2-inch after your beads, repeat Step 3. Thread on a crystal, and crimp bead. Secure crimp bead with crimp bead pliers.

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Step 5: Continue this way, alternating your crystals and pearls. Repeat with the other two wires. Add beads randomly or follow a pattern. Beads should cover approximately 16 inches on one strand, 18 inches on another strand, and 20 inches on the last strand, measured from first bead to last bead.

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Step 6: Pick up your strands of wire with all three meeting at the end. Thread a crimp bead on to end, and repeat Step 2. Place your crimp cover over crimp bead and close tightly. Do this for both ends of the necklace.

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Step 7: Insert jump ring through wire loop and toggle loop.

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Close jump ring and repeat on the other end. Your necklace is now ready to wear.

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