Military Braid Headband

I am so excited to introduce you to today’s project, because I have been wanting to learn for a while now how to make this adorable headband! Have you ever looked at a project and thought to yourself, “How in the world do they make that?” I find myself asking that question multiple times a day! So, without further ado, the talented Cherie is going to teach us how to make this exquisite little Military Braid Headband embellished with fun Fall inspired flowers! And, the best part…this braided headband is actually super easy to make and is absolutely lovely when it is all done! Enjoy!

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The Military Braid is one of those things that’s simple, but doesn’t look like it is.  My favorite!  This braid is so addicting you might want to make a headband in every color!

For this headband you will need:

  • 1/4″ Headband
  • 3  yards of 3/8″ Ribbon (different colors if you want)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Flowers or Pre-Made Bow (optional)
  • Alligator Clip

Brown Dark Oatmeal Frayed Shabby Chiffon Brown Sequin Bow Brown Crochet Pecan
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I was going to make this headband just one color, but it is easier to show you how to do it with two different colors.

You need about 2 1/2 times the length of the headband for each ribbon,  that was about 40″ for my 16″ headband.

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Make a loop at the ends of each ribbon.

Put one loop through the other one.  Clip them together with an alligator clip. I put my right ribbon through the left loop.

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Tighten the long part of the left ribbon loop (light brown). You tighten the ribbon by pulling it down until it is snug around your other ribbon. The clip is really nice because it holds everything in place but still allows you to tighten.

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Make another loop with the left ribbon and feed it through the other loop.

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Now tighten the dark brown (right ribbon) loop.

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Now make a loop with the right ribbon and feed it through the left ribbon.

Now pull the left ribbon tight.  I haven’t done it yet in the picture above.

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In the picture above I had tightened the left ribbon.  The ribbon you tighten is always the ribbon that you make a loop with.

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I had just tightened the light brown, or left ribbon so I made a loop with it and put it through the other loop. Its just making loops and taking turns putting them through each other! Once you get the hang of it you can really get going!

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Here is how it should look when you get more loops.

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When you get 16″ or the length of your headband clip the ends with an alligator clip.

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Glue the braid to a headband. Make sure you leave some excess ribbon to fold over the headband.

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Glue your excess ribbon to the headband and trim the edges. You don’t need to seal the ribbon because we will cover it.

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Cover your headband with some extra 3/8″ ribbon.  I accidentally grabbed a 3/8″ headband instead of a 1/4″ headband. So my headband was still showing a little bit.

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The Ribbon Retreat has such cute flowers all ready to go!  I just glued some flowers and a sequin bow onto the headband.  Super easy!  You could glue a pre-made bow on which would also be super cute just more work! 🙂

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Ms. Cutie Pie rocking it!

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This headband is made with all pink dotted ribbon. The loops on the outside show the underside of the ribbon. Pretty cute huh?

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Like I said, you might want one in every color!

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That flower is actually on a clip.  These headbands are so nice because you can clip whatever bow you want to them!

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If you want more than one flower on the headband it is best to glue them right to the headband.

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I hope you like making these as much as I do! They can be a little tricky starting out, but don’t give up! They really are easy and fun after just a few minutes!  I might also add So worth it!

Thank you Cherie! You are one talented lady, and I am one excited gal to try this fun hair accessory. Although my little girlee won’t wear headbands right now, I still can’t wait to make her a couple in hopes that the day soon comes when she doesn’t rip them from her curly little head and gently toss them on the ground. Haha!

Headbands are great accessories for spicing up any outfit. I love that this headband offers the option of going solo and working as only a headband, showing off that gorgeous braided ribbon, or how you can simply clip or hot glue a bow or bundle of flowers right to the ribbon. Here are a few more headbands that also make wonderful accessories to add to your holiday or everyday outfits!

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Cluster Headband Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Holiday Flower Headbands - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
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  1. Pat C.
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I am so uncoordinated that it’s pathetic, but I think I would give the military braid a try, thanks to your terrific instructions and photos, Cherie.: ) It really is a great look–and so versatile, too. I’m already envisioning it in red and green for Christmas… xoxo

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 22, 2014 at 5:10 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Thank you so much! You could totally do this braid! I think it would look amazing in Christmas colors too. Great idea Pat! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted October 23, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Hi!! This is art
    I do it last summer, but in an elástic headband whit feathers and swarovski

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 27, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      Hi Erika! Thank you so much! I am so glad you have done with before. Your version sounds beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted October 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Hello gorgeous! Super cute! Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 28, 2014 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      Hi Lou Lou Girls! Thank you so much! I love your party so I will see you there! Have a great day and thanks again! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted October 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Very cute headband and great tutorial on how to make one.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kimberlee! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I am so glad you like this cute headband! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  5. Katie
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Amazing! I just made one for my 4 year old in teal and grey, and glued two little premade flowers to it – she loves her new headband! It took me only around 10 minutes once I got into the rhythm of braiding.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi Katie! Yay! That is so awesome! I bet your headband looks amazing! I love your color scheme! Great job and thank you so much for sharing! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  6. edna Majors
    Posted July 17, 2015 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Good job!It’s awesome there should be talent for that,It is good in look wise,colour and hairstyle look good If we use that.It adds value to our hairstyle.I have tried many hairstyle have a look spring twist braids this handmade accessories will add value to this style.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Edna! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  7. Loretta Parker
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Amazing styles!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Loretta! Thank you so very much! I am so glad you like these fun headbands! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

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