I got on a kick before my daughter was born, making cute little headbands for her in all different colors. She’s almost 14 months now, with quite a collection of headbands. Personally, I’ve never been a headband person. Sure they’re cute on kids and maybe librarians, but it didn’t work for me.
Then recently I cut my hair. It’s not short, but it’s shorter than I’ve ever had as an adult. On a whim I pulled on an elastic headband that was sitting in my dresser drawer and thought, “hey…that’s actually kind of cute.” So I dug around in my craft supplies and found everything I need to make the easiest, quickest headband around.
I kid you not, you can make a super trendy shabby flower headband in minutes with under $5 worth of supplies. If you’re crafty and already own a glue gun, this is even easier.
Supplies for your double flower headband:
- Hot glue gun (mini or full size) and glue sticks
- Sharp scissors
- A measuring tape or ruler
- About 18″ of fold over elastic
- 2 shabby fabric flowers
- About 2×5″ felt
Getting your supplies: A hot glue gun and glue sticks can be found at any craft or hobby store. You can get a multi-temperature or low temperature one, and the mini glue guns only cost a few dollars. Regular sheet felt from the craft store can be used. 3″ shabby flowers will cost you approximately $.40 each, and 5/8″ fold over elastic in solid colors will likely run around the same per yard. That’s $1.20 total for your main materials here. Sunshine Supply Shoppe is a great source for your flowers and elastic, as are any number of shops on Etsy.
Step 1: If you haven’t already, measure and cut your elastic to the right size. 18″ seems to be a good standard adult size. Make sure your glue gun is plugged in so it’s ready to go when you are!
Step 2: Cut 2 felt circles 1/2-1″ smaller than your flowers. These will be invisible when worn but provide support for the flowers. Your felt can match your flowers, your hair or your elastic. Again, they won’t show. While you’re at it, carefully trim the mesh around your flower from the underside (the flowers come on a roll of mesh and are just cut apart, you’ll need to remove the extra).
Step 3: You’re going to squeeze a little glue across the center of one felt circle and glue down the two ends of your elastic like in the picture below. Make sure not to twist your elastic!
Step 4: Run some hot glue onto the felt circle over the elastic. Do a circle around the outside (not too close to the edge) and dab a little on the inside in whatever design makes you happy. Then before it starts to dry, plop your first flower on top, centering it as best you can.
Step 5: Decide if you want your second flower next to the first, or even slightly overlapping. Put some glue down the center of your second felt piece and affix it to the back of the elastic. Then same as the first, glue on your second flower. If you overlapped them a little, you may need to dab some glue between to get them to stay in place properly.
And that’s it. Unplug your glue gun and pull off any stray hot glue strings, and you’re ready to go!
You’re a headband making master now! Make them for yourself! Make them for your kids, friends and family! Try different size flowers, singles, multiples, different colors and patterns of elastic! Go wild! They’re cute, they’re super simple to make and they’re cheap.
This tutorial was for an adult headband, but the same principles apply to any size. Use the lengths to the right as a basic guide for sizes from newborn up. Even though 18″ is the standard size for 18-24 months, that size easily fits on my head and is the same size as some store-bought elastic headbands I have. That picture, by the way, is some of the headbands I made for my daughter recently to give some idea of how many styles are available.
I hope you enjoyed our first tutorial! Stay crafty!