There are about one million things about Austin that I love, but if I’m totally honest, the blazing hot dog days of summer are not one of them. Y’all, it was 106 last week. That sounds like a made-up temperature, but it’s real. So when I’m feeling a little bluesy about being stuck inside (or not really wanting to swim for the tenth day in a row), sometimes I just have to get a little crafty to make being outside a more fun for all of us. When they’re having fun, I’m having fun (perhaps this isn’t always the truth, but for the sake of this post, let’s go with it). When you have little people, and they want to be outside every minute, you have to make the most of it… these days are fleeting, that is the truth.

Thinking through the recent trend in floral headpieces, I wanted to make some sort of headpiece or crown that little ladies could wear and feel both powerful and full of wonder and frill. I think these accomplished just that and couldn’t be simpler to make.

We headed over to Butler Park with some friends and told the girls we had something special for them. The look on their faces when they saw the crowns was priceless. Like: Really? I get to wear that?

They ran, and danced, and hooked arms, and raced.

They showed us their fiercest ‘Wonder-Woman’ faces. And ran some more.

Take a minute this summer to pull a little wonder out of your little people – it might just amaze you what empowering them will also do for you. And I’d love to know, what are your summer secrets for keeping your little ones energized and entertained while they are out of preschool? I’d love to add to my “in case of emergency (or extreme heat)” activity list!

*See the full DIY instructions for making Carrie’s fabric & paper crowns here!

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Comments (22)
  1. 1
    Abby Larson July 18, 2013 at 8:04 am

    This is too cute, Carrie! I love this idea and I so love the spirit of childhood that you are gifting them! xo, Abby

    • Carrie Ryan July 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thank you, Abby! We all had a lot of fun, so perhaps we also gifted ourselves the spirit of childhood 🙂

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    Susie July 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

    The pictures are beautiful! Such a cute idea!

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} July 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

    these are absolutely adorable carrie!
    and the photos are just lovely 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

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    Carrie Ryan July 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Thank you, Molly!

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    Giulia July 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

    it was a 101F in Ottawa/Canada yesterday with an unbearable humidex on top of that. We get really hot and humid summers and freezing to the bones winters, so unfortunately most homes don’t have pools and we suffer a lot in the summer. We also have friends in town that don’t have AC, which just seem crazy to me 😉 But I’ll take a hot summer and would opt for more of it to eliminate some of the winter cold.

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    Daniella July 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    So adorable!

    P.S. Thanks for turning me onto Honest Company products Camille! I don’t have any little ones, but a few of there products look great for adults and cleaning too. I’m desperately waiting for them to ship to Canada! Reading Jessica’s book right now too… such a great resource!

    • Carrie Ryan July 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Daniella. And to your point, Camille has also turned me on the the Honest Company’s products!

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    courtney July 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    very cute carrie!!

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    Megan July 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    These headdresses are great, and so are the photos! You could make yourself an adult version of this too, like a fascinator or a flapper headband.

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    Carrie Ryan July 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Oh, I love the idea of making these for adults!

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    Alexandra Pettinato July 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    The photographs are so sweet. What a lovely project for lovely little girls. And I agree, this would make a really cute fascinator or headband for an adult 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Alex from

    • Carrie Ryan July 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks, Alexandria! Be sure to send a pic if you do make one for yourself 🙂

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    Camila Mensah July 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

    In love with the pictures!!! 🙂 Super cute!!

    • Carrie Ryan July 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thank you, Camila! We had a blast just flouncing around.

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    Vicky Barone July 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Eek! We love this!! Too bad we only have boys running around this house. Maybe we’ll try a boy version so they can be kings for a day!

    • Carrie Ryan July 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      My son was my model while I was trying to get the sizes just right… and he LOVED them. I think King for a day is great idea, Vicky!



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