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How to Make Beaded Headbands

Rainbow Headbands

Add as many rainbow headbands as you like.
Add as many rainbow headbands as you like.

Catch a rainbow, and put it in your hair -- learning how to make these beaded rainbow headbands is as easy as stringing beads. These headbands will give this imaginatively messy hairstyle a shimmering glow. The natural look is in!

What You'll Need:


12 to 15 inches of necklace memory wire (depends upon head size)

1 package multicolored glass bugle beads

1 package E beads

Wire cutters

Needle-nosed pliers

Step 1: Measure wire over your head from ear to ear. Cut off extra wire if necessary.

Step 2: Use the needle-nosed pliers to make a loop at one end of the wire. You may need an adult to help you with this step.

Step 3: Slide 3 to 4 bugle beads onto the wire, then an E bead. Continue stringing the beads in this manner until there is only 1 inch of unbeaded wire.

Step 4: Finish by making another loop at the end of the wire with the needle-nosed pliers. Make a few headbands -- we used 3 -- to decorate your hairstyle!

To create the "perfect" hairstyle, follow these steps:

Step 1: Start with damp, towel-dried hair. Use a molding cream (sometimes called molding mud) to make your hair look slightly messy with separated strands. It will also give your hair a matte look.

Step 2: Work the molding cream through your hair.

Step 3: With your hair dryer on high, power dry your hair. Use your fingers to move the hair around.

Step 4: Now gather the hair up at the crown area. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect; remember, you don't want to make this style look perfect.

Step 5: Place the first headband over the gathered hair at the crown.

Step 6: If you need to, secure small sections of hair at the crown with bobby pins to hold the hair and give it height. Spray with hair spray for hold.

Step 7: Place the other headbands in front of the first. You can crisscross them, making them uneven if you'd like. They make this style look even more awesome!

For more fun crafts and activities for kids, see:


Ribbon Headband by Janis Bullis and Mary Beth Janssen-Fleischman