My daughter’s hair has just grown long enough to hold a fancy braid or pigtails, and with her new hairstyle inevitably comes many new hair accessories.
She has a special little-girl super power that can locate a headband at any store. So as we shop, she proudly struts around the store, trying all the different ones on for size — only to end up leaving them all behind. Although it took awhile for me to get used to pausing at any reflective surface, her little headband song and dance has actually made shopping with a 3-year-old exponentially more enjoyable.
I knew my daughter would love the opportunity to make her very own headscarf. This kid-friendly project has everything I love about a DIY: it’s hands-on, super easy, and each result is completely unique.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Marbled Headscarf.
- 1 large disposable aluminum roasting pan
- Shaving cream (any kind, we snagged the cheap stuff)
- Fabric paint (2-3 colors)
- 2 white bandanas
- Apron (I recommend wearing one since the paint will stain your clothes)
Step 1: Cover the bottom of the pan with shaving cream and use the paintbrush to spread it around evenly. Pick 1-2 paint colors and generously squeeze them on top of the shaving cream. Be creative here — you can squeeze as much as your heart desires (like my 3-year-old did), or choose a more intentional zigzag pattern. Now take your paintbrush and swirl the paint and shaving cream until you have a nice marbled pattern on top. The more you mix, the more subtle the pattern. I found that 2-3 passes through the pan with the paintbrush resulted in a well-mixed, still vibrant design.
Step 2: Your bandana will likely be bigger than the pan, and that’s okay. We dipped ours four separate times until the entire bandanna was covered. To transfer the design, simply lay one quarter of the fabric on top of the shaving cream and gently press until you can see the pattern through the fabric. (It’s helpful to have two pairs of hands here — one to hold the bandanna and the other to gently press into the design.) Gently lift and repeat until the entire bandanna is covered. Feel free to add more paint and re-swirl if you feel the pattern has lost some wow-factor after a couple dips!
Step 3: Using warm water, rinse the shaving cream and paint off of the fabric, revealing a lovely marbled design! Let it dry completely and then fold, tie, and wear it proudly!