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Easy Ribbon Button Headband

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Make an easy ribbon button headband with kids. Use ribbons and buttons to decorate the plain plastic headband for any occasion.

how to make ribbon headband

Thinking of Japan, I made this… red & white Ribbon Button Headband. Another easy project that kids can get involve, just have to be careful if your kids are too small to handle the hot glue gun. If kids younger than 10 year-old wants to do this craft independently without an adult’s supervising or help, use tacky glue or UHU instead but this will take longer for the glue to dry and set.

how to make ric rac headband

You can easily change the color theme of the ribbon button headband to suit your design or occasion. How about replace or add blue buttons for the upcoming USA Independence day? Pink for younger girls? Green for St. Patrick’s Day? Orange & black for Halloween? and the list goes on…. 😉

Besides the ribbon & button, I made another 2 with mini ric rac and lace respectively. Click the next button on the photo album above for the pictures (3 & 4).

how to make lace headband

Ribbon Button Headband

1. 3/16″ (or 5mm) headband, white
2. 3/16″ ribbon -1′, red
3. 1/2″ ribbon – 4″, red
4. 1/2″ 4-hole button – 3 white, 3 red
1. Hot glue gun (switch on about 15 minutes before your project starts)
2. Scissors
3. Marker

Make ribbon headband Material

Prepare the above materials (add or change color to your own taste) & tools.

Marking on headband

Mark lightly the point that you want the ribbon to end. Mark the same on the other side and make sure they are at the same level.
I did mine at 3″ from the bottom.

Line ribbon on headband

Check if your hot glue gun is ready by inserting the glue tube into it, press the trigger a few times until a smooth flow of glue gets out from the tip. If you find that it is difficult to press the trigger or the glue appear to be sticky, wait a few more minutes for the gun to get hotter.
Dip a few drops of glue on the top of the headband, quickly attach the ribbon onto it, press until it sticks well.
Do a few drops at a time since the glue gets harden pretty fast.

Hide raw edge

Cut a short length to bind the end and glue it up.

Make ribbon bow

Fold both ends of the 4″ long 1/2″ red ribbon to the center to make a 2″ ribbon bow.
Dip a drop of glue at the center, press to glue them.

Attach ribbon bow on headband

Attached the ribbon bow onto the headband, off-center or about 1 1/2″ from the center of the headband.

Attach button on ribbon bow

Glue 2 buttons on the ribbon bow, with white at the bottom.

Decorate headband with ribbon and button

Finished off with another 4 buttons on the side of the headband.
The Ribbon Button Headband is ready to freshen up your kid’s hairstyle.


Try this tutorial with ruffled lace, add ribbon, button and sequin strip for more layers of decoration.

Or make this simple headband with mini ric-rac.

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Wednesday 4th of May 2011

That is so cute! I love the red and white! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.


Tuesday 3rd of May 2011

Wonderful tutu..i always love your ideas my dear..keep sharing :)

Anne Weaver

Monday 2nd of May 2011

This is so cute!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:



Sunday 1st of May 2011

That is so cute...