As a girl with bangs, I love using a headband to get my bangs out of my face when I’m working out or doing work around the house. And It’s nice to wear a pretty headband to work or out on a Friday night too.
I love a variety of headbands––everything from the solid plastic headbands with teeth to plain, soft elastic headbands.
While I love wearing headbands, I don’t like paying extreme prices for headbands. I saw similar headbands like this one going for $15 at a local boutique.
Say whaaa? $15? I could make that.
So, I took matters into my own hands and recreated a $15 headband for far, far less.
Using a printed rose fabric I picked up for a project that I never used and a few generic craft items, I made a headband with a look that is quite “shabby chic”. By using raw, unfinished strips of fabric, it lends an effortless look for those days you want to look polished without trying to hard. Plus the pink fabric and gold chain make for a very feminine combination, don’t you think?
DIY Braided Headband
- 2-20″ strips of fabric, 2″ wide
- 1-6″ 1/4″ braided elastic, black
- 2-6″ strips of black ribbon, 3/8″ wide
- 1-18″ ball chain, gold
- Hot glue gun
Step 1. Fold each fabric strip in half. Then, sandwich the ball chain in between the fabric strips and tape the edge to a surface. Begin braiding and braid until you get to the end of the ball chain. Use scissors to cut any excess fabric and tape the end to keep the braid from unraveling.
Step 2. Use the hot glue gun to glue the elastic band to the braided cloth, as pictured below.
Step 3. Add a dot of glue to the elastic band and wrap the black ribbon around the band and the end of the fabric braid to secure the end and clean up the look of the band. You could use a thicker ribbon if you choose! Secure the wrapped ribbon by using another dot of glue. Repeat to the other side and you’re done!
That’s it! After making this one, I was pretty tempted to make a few more. They really don’t take much time to make and it’s simple craft project for anyone to make, even if they don’t craft too often.