How to Make Beaded Headbands


Ribbon Headband
Ribbon headbands are                              pretty and playful.
Ribbon headbands are pretty and playful.

Bright polka dots and a touch of shiny purple make will this ribbon headband POP! Learn how to make this headband to add a nice touch any day you're looking to have some fun.

These headbands work well with any kind of hair -- short, long, thick, or thin.

What You'll Need:

Plastic headband

Lightweight quilt batting

2x17 2-1/2 yards ribbon, 7/8" wide

1/2 yard scroll braid, 1/2" wide

1 yard ribbon, 1-1/2 wide

6" plated beads

Step 1: Glue the quilt batting to the outside of the headband. Trim batting even with edge of headband.

Glue the batting to the outside of the headband.
Glue the batting to the outside of the headband.

Step 2: Cut a 2" length of 7/8" ribbon. Wrap and glue 1" of ribbon around one end of the headband. Glue and fold remaining 1" of ribbon to the inside of the headband. Repeat on the other end.

Wrap the fabric.
Wrap the fabric.

Step 3: Cut one end of the remaining 7/8" ribbon on an angle and glue it to the inside of one end of the headband. Wrap the ribbon diagonally around the headband, overlapping 1/4" each time.

Step 4: Continue wrapping the ribbon around the headband in this way. When you reach the other end, cut the ribbon on an angle and glue it on the inside of the headband.

Step 5: Glue the 1/2" scroll braid to the inside of the headband. Set headband aside.

Step 6: With right sides facing up, place the remaining 7/8" ribbon on the 1-1/2" ribbon. Hold the ribbons together between your thumb and finger about 5" from one end to make a tail.

Form the next 6" of ribbon into a loop and hold between your thumb and finger. Continue looping the ribbons as shown until you have two loops and one tail on each side.

Continue looping the ribbon.
Continue looping the ribbon.

Step 7: Pinch the center of the bow together and sew it security.

Sew the bow together.
Sew the bow together.

Step 8: Wrap and glue the plated beads around the center of the bow. Glue bow to top of headband.

Secure the bow to the headband.
Secure the bow to the headband.

Ready for more fun with a little fantasy sprinkled on top? Continue to the next section to learn how to make a mystic halo headband.

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