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Make A Flowered Headband
Quick, Easy and Customizable for Any Occasion!
No matter what the occasion, it's so EASY to make your own flowered headband! And it can be done in a day, and for not much money too!
Flowered headpieces can be for weddings, cosplay/costumes or whatever the occasion where you need a touch of color and foliage on your head. These work great for bellydancers who have short hair too.
All you need to do to get started is have an idea of the flowers or colors you want to wear, a headband that fits your head (you get to decide how thick or thin the band needs to be), some silk flowers (which is what most fake flowers are called even if they aren't real silk), and either a hot glue gun or a thick craft glue.
Ready? Okay, here's what to do....
Finding Your Flowers - from thrift-recycled to brand-new
When it comes to finding the flowers for your headpiece, you have a few options. My personal favorite is to go thrifting and see what sort of funky things turn up at my local Goodwill store. That's how the headband I'm assembling on this lens came together. I originally wanted roses to do a headpiece for Dia de Los Muertos, but no craft stores near me had fake roses, nor did the local florist (the real deal was waaaay too expensive!) and so I stopped off at my local thrift store. And violÃ¡! There was a bunch of flame-colored chrysanthemums. Just what a girl with bright red hair could use!
If you aren't making your headband at the last minute like I was, you can take your time to order just what you want/need online or get them from a store in your area.
Trimming Flowers - getting just the parts you want
For just $1.99 I got a single bunch of plastic chrysanthemums at the thrift store. The first thing to do was cut the flowers off the stems. Since I was gluing right onto a slim headband, I didn't need any weight or bulk and the flowers needed to have flat backs to make gluing easier. This took about two minutes.
I also pulled of a few leaf trios that weren't too mangled so that I had the option to add some foliage if I wanted.
Picking A Headband Base - this is the most functional part of the hair adornment
The main two things to consider for picking a headband onto which you are going to glue your flowers is 1) comfort and security in your hair and 2) width necessary to hold flowers.
If you have long, thick hair you most likely will want a headband that has some tiny teeth to grip the hair more and which might be thicker to hold better as well. If you have short hair, you might find a thinner, padded headband sits better on your hair. If you have super-curly hair, you might want to make the headband a touch thicker so that it can hold it's own in the thickness and volume of your hair.
Color is your own choice. Most often headbands are neutral colors, with black, brown, tortoiseshell and white being very common. But you can go for any color you find that you think looks right.
I opt for plastic headbands. They are sturdy and take the glue well. Metal is going to be harder to glue onto. Fabric-covered headbands can work but they need to be fabric over a hard headband, not a soft stretchy knit one.
Gluing is a pretty simple matter of making sure you have a type of glue that will work for the two materials you need to stick together. If hot glue is too scary, or might melt what you are using, then use a craft glue. If you have heavier elements to glue, make sure your glue is thick and pasty so that it holds them better.
You may also have to work out a way to prop up what you are gluing so that everything can stay in place until it dries.
Gluing on Flowers
Since these were full flowers and my own hair is sort of spikey, I didn't have to worry about this being the most beautiful and precise glue job in the world. Think about your occasion and decide for yourself if you need clear glue or if opaque will work. The more the flowers hide the headband, the more leeway you have with your craft skills.
Each flower was glued to the headband with a generous glob of Liquid Nails, which was what I had on hand at the time. This takes a bit of time to dry and harden so the first flowers were laid on the table and the headband was balanced on top of them until things dried. Once the first two flowers were in place, I could prop the headband up on its side and glue the next flower in place.
The best gluing base came from angling the flowers a bit which allowed me to fit them in tightly against each other too. I used a mix of the larger and smaller flowers. I also glued in one set of leaves for some contrast. When I held up more leaves to the headband, that seemed like too much, but one was good.
Checking Progress - don't forget to try it on as you work
Now, don't try the headband on while the glue is still wet, as that inevitably leads to things falling off and getting glue in your hair. But once you have a few things dried in place, put on the headpiece and check how things are progressing before gluing on everything. This allows you to check spacing/density, see if you want to add in anymore fancier bits (feathers are fun, as are the leaves I'm working with).
See how well the flame-flower colors go with bright red hair?
Here's the finished headband, worn with my Dia de Los Muertos face makeup. (see Serious Skulls & Smiling Skeletons if you need instructions for the makeup)
I just glued the flowers onto the middle two-thirds of the headband, leaving a few inches plain on each end. This keeps the flowers more on the top of the head. You can choose to cover more of the headband if you want, but be sure to put the headband on before you start and make some sort of mark so you know how much of the headband comes down behind your ears. It's best to leave some space just above your ears bare along with the tips of the headband that go behind your ears so that it's more comfortable to wear.
More Headband Crafting - other variations and methods
Here are some follow-along videos which will show you other ways you can craft flower headbands.
What was the occasion for which you made your headband? (just everyday wear is a cool as a wedding or costume!) Did you find funky flower? Pick something specific? How did it work? What's your favorite glue?