DIY Headband Tutorial | Create

I’m back! Well, sort of. I’m still away visiting family, but today is the first day I’ve had access to a real computer. Trying to get a post written on an iPad is not easy, so thank you for bearing with me as I try to blog without photo editing software and coffee. I’ve got something awesome for you today, complete with animal photobombing.

diy headband tutorial

I owned a small boutique when I started this blog nearly three years ago. I specialized in items for little girls and bought most of my supplies through wholesale vendors or small supply shops. I often see items like headbands and clips being sold for prices I could never justify spending, especially after knowing how much you can buy supplies for. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay retail for awesome. Making your own headbands from soft fold over elastic will take you less than a minute and just a couple dollars with this super easy DIY headband tutorial.

DIY headband tutorial

5/8″ Fold over elastic
High temperature glue gun

Directions for headbands with clip loop:
Cut your elastic to length (tips on finding the proper length below images) and a 1.5 inch piece for the loop.

headband tutorial

Heat seal the ends of both pieces with your candle flame.


Take your elastic, shiny side up and make a loop. Put a small dot of hot glue on one end of the elastic. Place the other end of your elastic on top of the glue and hold it place firmly until the glue is dry. Careful not to burn yourself.



Put a small drop of hot glue on the matte side of the headband seam. Attach your loop piece of elastic to the glue, making sure it’s matte side to matte side and the loop piece is shiny side up. Press until dry. Add another drop of glue in the same place as the previous drop. Wrap the small piece of elastic around the headband and press firmly until the glue dries.



Attach clips onto the loop or wear them plain. You can mix and match clips depending on outfits. The possibilities are endless.


**Tips for finding the right elastic length for this DIY headband tutorial. Measure the circumference of your head and subtract 3 OR you can use my general guide for headbands below**
12″- Newborn
13″- Infants-12M
14″- Toddlers/Small Children
15″- Adolescents

I was compensated with supplies from one of my sponsors, Hairbow Supplies Etc. I 100% recommend this vendor because I purchased headband supplies from them back when I still owned the boutique. I have a hard time recommending brands I don’t have history with, so you know that I’m not fluffing it by saying I love the products (and prices).

hairbows supplies etc

You can find amazing patterns, hair flowers, and supplies galore at crazy affordable prices. Perfect for gift giving. Gwen from Hairbow Supplies Etc is offering a coupon code for you readers. Enter CRAFT20 for a 20% discount at My favorite is the sparkle elastic. Perfect for keeping the stray hairs off my face when the humidity gets out of control.

sparkle headband

You’re probably going to need a place to store all these headbands. Check out one of my most popular posts to date, the DIY headband holder.



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  1. 1

    Thank you Maria, these head bands are adorable! if I had a baby girl ( btw, Vanessa is absolutely beautiful!) Id be making it right away!

  2. 2

    Thanks for another great tutorial once again, loving it (:

  3. 3

    pretty tutorial, I was wondering what you meant about the prices of headbands – did you mean headbands from big department stores or from Etsy stores. The reason I’m asking is I’m in the process of starting my own Etsy store selling hair accessories and digital prints and have also been worried about people not purchasing because they can make their own and was wondering your opinion on that. Cool tutorial btw and Vanessa is so gorgeous with that cute little doggie – very sweet! :)
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    • 4

      Hi Danielle,
      I little bit of both actually. I think a lot of headbands on Etsy are priced appropriately for the materials/time/skill, but then I sometimes stumble onto ones that are absurd. It just depends on your marketing and your products. I feel like if you offer something others can’t find easily, then bump up your prices. Good luck on your business journey!