Make Flower Headbands with Skinny Elastic Ribbon

Learn how to make headbands using skinny elastic ribbon and embellishing with cute flowers and bows.

Hi! I’m Britt from Charlie’s Halo. I’m so excited to be doing a tutorial for The Ribbon Retreat! In this tutorial I will teach you how to make a flower headband with skinny elastic ribbon. I am using Frayed Shabby Chiffon Flowers. Frayed flowers are so popular right now and they make great accessories for babies all the way to grandmas. Let’s get started.

All of the materials I used for this project can be purchased from The Ribbon Retreat. I picked a Neapolitan theme for this this headband, but the possibilities are endless. These are the materials and tools that I used.

Materials for making a flower headband with skinny elastic.

Supplies to Make Flower Headbands:

Brown Skinny Elastic Ribbon
5” – ?” Brown Solid Grosgrain Ribbon
Starlight Gem
2 – 1 ¼” Light Ivory Felt Circles
2 – Frayed Shabby Chiffon Flowers (I used Ivory and Pink)

Tools for making a flower headband with skinny elastic.

Tools to Make Flower Headbands:

Ruler or other measuring tool
Lighter or Candle
Hot Glue
Needle & Thread

First step to creating your headband is to measure and cut your elastic ribbon. I want this headband to fit my 2 year old, so I’m going to cut my elastic ribbon to 16”. Here are the measurements I use for other sizes: Newborn-14”, 12 Months-15”, Toddler-16”, Child-17”, Teen and Adult-18”. This elastic is very stretchy and forgiving, so don’t worry if you cut it a little short.

Use your lighter (or candle) to seal the ends of your elastic to make extra it durable. This is done by quickly putting your flame close to, but not touching the ends of your elastic.

Sew skinny elastic together with needle and thread.

Making sure that your elastic is not twisted, overlap your ends ½” or so. I like to sew a few stitches to hold my ends together. Two or three does the job. Trim your thread and your headband is ready to be transformed!

Cut off excess netting under flowers, or prepare the flowers you are using.

Frayed Shabby Flowers need to be trimmed from their mesh backing before we use them. I find it easiest to turn them upside down and trim off the unneeded mesh.

Prepare any flower that you are using to be attached to the headband.

Hot glue a felt circle to the skinny elastic where you sewed.

Now that the flowers are trimmed and ready to go, we will glue them together. Each of these flowers has what I call ‘ends’, as the arrows show in the picture. Place about 1 inch of hot glue over one of the ends and overlap other flower end to join the two flowers together.

glue your flowers together

To attach the flowers to my headband, I used very handy 1 ¼” felt circles. These are great, because they’re ready to use and soft on baby’s head. Start by gluing the your headband to the center of a felt circle. As you can see in the picture, I use this as an opportunity to hide stitching and reinforced my headband again.

Glue your flower to the felt circle.

Use hot glue to attach the felt circle to the middle of either flower. Check that the entire circle is glued to the flower and none of the edges lift.

Glue any other flowers to felt circles on the headband.

I used another handy felt circle to finish attaching my headband to my flowers. Making sure your headband is aligned, glue the felt circle to the center of the other flower. It is now a flower headband! You can stop here, but there is always room to embellish! I love bows and gems, so that is what I picked for my headband.

Make a little bow for embellishment.

I love little bows and use them embellish almost everything I make! To make a simple bow you will fold your ribbon over just the like awareness ribbons. Use a drop of glue to hold it together. Next, bring the loop of your ribbon down and glue in the center to make a cute bow. Nicely trim your ends and use your lighter to heat seal them. I used the alligator clip for demonstration, it’s not necessary.

Hot glue your gem to your little bow.

Use a drop of glue in the middle of your bow and attach your gem.

Hot glue the little bow to your flowers for embellishment.

This headband is just about done! The last step will be to attach your bow embellishment. Place hot glue on the back of your bow and glue it where your flowers meet. I like to glue mine at an angle, but you can do it any way you would like.

I have had so much fun writing this tutorial! I hope that you find it very useful in creating shabby headbands. The possibilities are endless, especially with the great selection of supplies available at The Ribbon Retreat.

Many thanks to Britt at Charlie’s Halo for this wonderful tutorial. These flowers are so beautiful and soft, and I love the added bow in the center.

I am in awe of the creations over at Charlie’s Halo. You can find the most beautiful bows and headbands and more. Make sure to stop by and check them out!

Also check out our wide selection of flowers, perfect for adding to clips, headbands, and so much more.

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Marilu
    Posted May 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    So pretty and easy to do! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Posted March 27, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Very pretty! Cruising through your shop now 🙂

  3. Ashley
    Posted April 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Where can i buy the elastics?

    • Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Ashley! Thank you for your question. You can buy the elastics on our website. Here is the link that will take you to the elastic headbands If you scroll down just a little bit, on that page, you will see a heading called “You Might Also Like” and under that you will see an option to click on Skinny Elastic. Either the elastic headband or the skinny elastic would work perfect. I hope this helps. Thank you again for your question. Have a wonderful day :)!

  4. Cynthia
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Is there a way to make these interchangeable instead? I have a selection of waffle hats and bands and if I attach these types of shabby flowers I’d like to have a set like this but instead have them interchangable ibstead of glued onto the band.


    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 22, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Cynthia! Thank you for your question! That is a great question and yes, you can make these fun flowers interchangeable for sure. You can simply put a clip on the back of your flower cluster and you are set. I would just cluster your flowers together and hot glue the felt circles to the back. Then hot glue your clip to the felt circles and clip onto your headband. You may have to make a loop for your headband so your clip can sit easily on your headband. Good luck Cynthia! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  5. asha
    Posted March 30, 2015 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    very very cute hair band. thank you for instructions.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      Hi Asha! Thank you! I am so glad you like this fun project. Have so much fun creating your hair accessories and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  6. Maribel
    Posted May 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Hello, where can I buy the flowers???

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      Hi Maribel! Thank you for your question. You can find all of our lovely flowers right HERE! Hope this helps. Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  7. Dk Anis
    Posted June 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    if i don’t have hot glue. how?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi! Thank you for your question. If you don’t have hot glue available, you could always hand stitch the flowers to the headband. You would need to make sure that you take multiple stitches so that your flowers are secure and sure to not come off. Thank you and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  8. Daniella D'Auria
    Posted January 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Is there any other type of glue besides the typical hot glue that can be used? I usually use a strong fabric glue. Opinion?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Daniella! Thank you for your question. I have only used hot glue when making hair bows and hair accessories, but you could try using a fabric glue. You could make two of the same projects using hot glue for one and the strong fabric glue for the other and see how they compare and differ. Good luck and thank you again! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

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