An elegant hair accessory can be perfect for any special occasion, but if you’ve ever shopped for pretty barrettes and headbands, you’ve probably been surprised to see just how expensive these can be. What you might not realize is that you can easily create your own one-of-a-kind hair accessories for a fraction of the price—and you don’t need to be especially crafty to pull these off. These simple DIY hair accessories are inexpensive, absolutely unique, and make for the perfect gift in a pinch!
Pretty 3-Piece Lace Headband
Lace headbands are elegant and timeless, and can be worn with just about any hairstyle to achieve a beautiful look. But store-bought headbands can be pricey, and sometimes, they don’t exactly fit your head properly. Fortunately, you can make your own with just some basic supplies and sewing skills. You’ll need:
- a needle and thread
- three pieces of lace (your choice on design)
Start by measuring around your head (where the headband will lie) from one ear to the other. This is how long you’ll want to cut each piece of lace. Sew these three pieces together at each end, and then add about a 10-inch additional strand that you can use to tie the headband securely under your desired hairstyle.
Okay, so what if sewing isn’t exactly one of your strong suits? No worries! You can create an absolutely stunning embellished barrette without the need for needle and thread. All you’ll need is:
- a plain, store-bought barrette
- fabric of your choice
- embellishments (beads, gemstones, buttons, etc.)
- hot glue and fabric glue
Start by cutting out a piece of your fabric to fit over the metal bracket on your regular barrette. Then, use fabric glue to adhere the fabric to the barrette and trim any excess. Now, using hot glue, adhere your embellishments on top of the fabric to create your desired look. It’s as simple as that, and you can get as creative as you want with these!
Silk Flower Hair Bands
This makes for a great DIY project for children because it’s so easy and the results are just adorable. For this project, all you’ll need is:
- regular ponytail holders
- silk flowers
- fabric glue
Start by taking the wire stem from the silk flower and wrapping it around the ponytail holder. You can use a dab of fabric glue if you’d like to secure the flower in place. Then, to cover up the wire, take a small piece of fabric that’s the same color as your hair tie (or flower) and use fabric glue to secure it around the wire, attaching to the bloom of the silk flower. Allow the glue about 20 minutes to completely dry before using. These make for great gifts or favors for little girls’ parties because they’re so quick and easy to make, yet they’re 100% unique and customizable. You can use this same technique on a headband or other elastic hair accessories to achieve your desired look as well, making this a versatile project that anybody can do.
These are just a few examples of some easy yet adorable DIY hair accessories that you can make without needing a lot of crafting experience. Plus, everybody will be impressed when they ask you where you got your gorgeous hair accessory and you proudly tell them that you just threw it together yourself!