My granddaughter has very long, curly red hair, which happens to be baby fine. She is definitely her grandmother’s girl.
She prefers to wear her hair down rather than in a ponytail or pigtails. While the style suits her and is beautiful, it also creates some problems at school.
Once she came home with finger paint in her hair. Another time she came home with glue. Other times it has just been a matter of removing all the tangles and “rats” that are created during recess.
This year I decided to make her some things she could use to help keep her lion’s mane out of her face, in control and hopefully tangle free. I settled on several options including headbands, combs, and barrettes. This How to article will address how to make decorative headbands.
While it is possible to buy a wide variety of plastic and cloth headbands in any discount department store, these standard items do not suit my Katie girl. She has a style all her own and refuses to settle for anything too plain.
I solved that issue by customizing plain headbands just for her. On one I glued silk flowers. Another I adorned with a string of pearls. On one more I put representations of her favorite thing in the world – – animals.
Katie loves her headbands and always wants more. The little girl in your life might love them to so I’m sharing this idea with you.
To create fun headbands for a little girl in your life you will need:
Pre-made headbands of plastic, metal, or cloth;
Silk or ribbon flowers;
Plastic or metal charms;
Hot glue gun;
Glue sticks and
Follow these step by step instructions to create a variety of headbands that will be both beautiful and fun to wear:
Step 1. Determine the type and number of headbands you want to create. This will make your life easier when you go shopping for supplies.
Step 2. Purchase the supplies noted above. If you don’t want to make one headband of each kind, purchase just the supplies needed for the type of headband you want to make.
Choose different headband colors and opt for different widths and types of material to add interest and fun to your design.
If you want to use fabric to cover the headband, choose ones that match, compliment or contrast with the wardrobe of to person for whom it is being made. The best fabrics for this purpose are of medium weight like a printed cotton, heavy lace, brocade or even lightweight tapestry.
Choose ribbons and braids that are in the individual’s favorite colors or neutral colors can blend with almost anything. Opt for ones that are the same width or slightly smaller than the width of the headband being covered.
For beading and sequins, strands work much better than individual pieces. Also, opt for those that are flat on the back so they will adhere to the headband well.
Smaller silk flowers or ribbon flowers work better than large choices unless you just intend to use a single flower to accent the headband.
Choose plastic or metal charms that have significance for the individual for whom the headband is being made. For example, my granddaughter loves animals; in particular cats, dogs, and horses. I made her a headband that featured each animal.
Step 3. To make a headband with fabric that doesn’t have a lot of body, first stiffen the fabric using a craft stiffener made specifically for that purpose. Follow the directions provided on the product so that you get the best results.
Measure the length and width of the headband. Add one-half inch to the measurements.
Cut fabric to the length width determined by your measurements. Use pinking sheers so the fabric to fray.
Find the center of the fabric and the center of the headband. Place a hot glue bead in the fabric center and adhere it to the center of the headband.
Beginning with one side of the fabric, pull it tightly over the top of the band to the underneath side of the headband. Glue it into place. Repeat with the other side.
To secure the ends, fold the raw fabric to the inside on either side of the end of the headband. Glue it shut.
If you did not use fabric stiffener, spray the fabric with Scotch Guard to prevent staining.
Step 4. Use fabric stiffener on ribbon or braid that is lightweight and may tend to bunch or buckle. Use the instructions provided on the craft product.
Cut ribbon the same length or slightly longer than the headband. Glue it into place using a hot glue gun and glue sticks or craft glue.
Since braid cannot be cut down, use it only on a headband that is wide enough to accommodate the braid. Glue it into place just as you would ribbon.
If fabric stiffener isn’t used on the ribbon or braid, spray it with Scotch Guard to prevent staining.
Step 5. Cut the sequin or bead trim to the length of the headband. Glue it into place using a hot glue gun and glue sticks. Do not use craft glue since it will not likely hold either sequins or beads in place long enough to dry properly.
Step 6. Choose small silk or ribbon flowers to decorate the headband. These can be clustered in one place or spread out over the piece. Glue them into place with hot glue and glue sticks.
Step 7. Spray the headband with glitter spray to add shimmer to the piece alone or in conjunction with any of the ideas shared in Steps 3 through 6.
Step 8. Glue plastic or metal charms around the headband.
Also think about combining one or more trim treatments together to customize a headband. Here are some ideas:
Cover the headband with fabric and then use ribbon or braid to add additional accent.
Use layers of ribbon from the widest to the thinnest to make a rainbow of color on the headband.
Cover the headband with braid and then accent it with cute ribbon roses.
Cover the headband with sequins and then add a glittery applique to accent it.
Let your imagination have fun and create headbands that will be personalized to say “I think you’re special!”