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.

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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.

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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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