Day 3: Sparkle Headbands – a diy headband tutorial

Theses headbands I want to keep for myself.  Really, I can’t decide which I like better the beads or the rhinestones.  I know Allie won’t want to take them off.  Who doesn’t love the idea of diamonds glittering in your hair? The technique for the floss wrapping I used in the wands in my costume course on Craftsy.  But, I just adore the added bling.
Really you can do this technique with most trimmed beads.  You can find tons of options for this in the trim section (by the ribbons) of your craft store. 
I fell in love with the idea of the rhinestones after seeing Green Eyed Monster’s Rhinstone bangles – love these.  In fact, when I went over to grab the link, I noticed that Ash and Kimmy are doing a fun diy every day of December as well! Great minds – or should I say crazy minds! Go check it out.
For a quick look at all of my December jewelry tutorials, check out this page.

Plastic headband
DMC Pearl Cotton Embroidery Thread
Approx. 18″ of beaded trim with attachments in between each stone or bead (rhinestones, crystal beads, etc)
Craft glue or hot glue gun

1 hour

Attach beginning of floss to inside of headband with craft glue or hot glue gun.

Wrap floss around headband beginning at one end.

You can wrap a number of times (5-7) quickly and then push strands together snugly, careful not to overlap the strands.  This is really easier than it sounds.

When you get to the teeth, decide the maximum number of times you can wrap between each tooth and do that consistently through the toothed portion.  More of the headband will show here because you can’t push the embroidery floss as tightly, but that will disappear when you add the trim.  Alternatively, you could pick a headband with no teeth – I just wanted to go with the cheap-o version.

Wrap embroidery floss around the entire headband securing the floss on the inside of the headband with glue at the other end.

Let it dry.  You are almost ready for the last part – trust me this part goes fast!
Decide where you want the trim to start on your headband and begin attaching the trim to the headband by wrapping it on to the headband.  The rhinestones are more expensive, so you may want to start further up on the headband.  Decide the number of wraps you like between each bead/stone and keep it consistent.

Here is the sample with crystal beads (this is two wraps between each bead).

Here is the sample with rhinestones (this is four wraps between each stone). The original blue sample above is two wraps between each stone

Continue wrapping the trim until the end of the headband or the equivalent place where you started the trim on the other side so that it is equal.

Cut off excess trim. Secure the floss to the back of the headband with with glue and let dry.


Don’t the crystal beads look beautiful on the gray.

Tomorrow comes super cool hair binders that are the easiest thing in the world and so addictive you won’t want to stop making them!  Very easy thing for kiddos to make by themselves – and so much fun.

  1. Lauren

    You’re awesome!!! I’m loving these tutorials! I have 2 daughters, and a niece, who would love these beautiful goodies. Time to get a few supplies and get busy!

  2. anne

    Lauren, I’m so glad you are enjoying them. There is still so much wonderful stuff to come too! Happy holidays to you!

  3. Jodi

    These are sooooo cute!! How clever!! I’m going to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing this wih us.

  4. Lisa

    Just pinned this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. cathyb

    Beautiful – love this idea – so simple!

  6. Love this idea!! So cute and easy and simple! I would LOVE if you shared this on the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  7. Jessica

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  8. Anonymous

    I love these! Where do you get the floss and trim? I cannot find it

    • anne

      The floss is just standard cross-stitch/embroidery floss found at JoAnn Fabrics. I found the trim there as well, in the ribbon/trim section.

  9. Anonymous

    I made the rhinestone version with 1/8″ satin ribbon using the same technique.

    • anne

      Yay – I bet that turned out beautifully.

  10. Hi Anne!

    I love this. =) I’ve been wanting to make my own DIY headband. I knew I’d find good inspiration from you. Will be working on my version this week. xo

  11. Marica

    I really like this tutorial! I’ll definitely give it a try as soon as I can visit the craft store again!

  12. Molly

    These are great, and so simple! nice accessory for girls of all ages. Simple and elegant. I’m excited to try my hand at it!

  13. nancy

    you are so nice sharing this with us, thank u so much,i will make them for my dauthers.
    love them.

  14. Anonymous

    Very cool!! they look super easy and fun and it’ll be fun to do after school with friends:) thnx for sharing that

  15. Such a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing! these would make amazing bridesmaid gifts!!

  16. Lauren

    Love these! If only headbands didn’t give me a headache! Great Christmas gift ideas though.

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  19. Cheryl Korn

    Love these headbands! I am going to try them with mardi gras beads! Thank you!!!

  20. Janis jackson

    Love it

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