How to Make a Hippie Headband

Written by g.k. bayne
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The hippie headband worn across the brow of the forehead is an iconic image of the 1960s. They were made from a wide variety of materials including leather, love beads and occasionally a man's necktie. Making one for yourself so that you can have that retro 1960s look is not that hard to do. The materials you will need can be purchased at any hobby shop for very little money.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soft leather , 1 inch wide by 48 inches long
  • Tape measure
  • Cutting board
  • Razor knife
  • Safety pins
  • Decorative rivets and rivet gun
  • Love beads (also known as seed beads)
  • Paper plates
  • Elastic thread
  • Beading needle
  • Scissors

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    For a Leather Headband

  1. 1

    Lay out a soft, flat leather piece at least 48 inches long on a cutting board.

  2. 2

    Use the razor knife to cut three 1/8-inch-wide strips, 30 inches long. Use the tape measure to determine where to cut the strips.

  3. 3

    Measure in 8 inches from one end on each of the strips. Lay the strips on top of each other and pin together using the safety pin.

  4. 4

    Start at the other end of the three strips and begin braiding the strips together.

  5. 5

    Stop braiding 8 inches from the end of the strips.

  6. 6

    Stack the three strips and pin at the edge of the braid.

  7. 7

    Use the rivet gun with decorative rivets to connect the three strips together in place of the safety pins.

  8. 8

    Tie the headband around your forehead using a square knot in the back to secure in place.

    For a Love Bead Headband

  1. 1

    Choose the colours of love beads you want for your headband. You can do a single colour, random colours or create a patterned colour scheme.

  2. 2

    Pour the beads into a paper plate. If you are creating a pattern of colours, place each colour into a separate plate.

  3. 3

    Use the measuring tape to measure the circumference of your head.

  4. 4

    Thread a beading needle with a double thickness of elastic thread 2 inches longer than your head measurement. Tie a knot in the end of the threads.

  5. 5

    Begin threading the beads by using the needle to pick up the individual beads and sliding them onto the thread.

  6. 6

    Stop threading when you have two inches of elastic thread without beads.

  7. 7

    Hold the elastic thread with one hand and use the other to cut the tread at the base of the needle.

  8. 8

    Tie a knot in the end of the thread.

  9. 9

    Adjust the beads so that you have approximately 1 inch of empty thread available at each end.

  10. 10

    Tie the two ends together at the point where the beads meet.

  11. 11

    Slide the headband over your head and position on your forehead.

Tips and warnings

  • Multiple strands of love beads can be tied together for a wider hippie headband.
  • If your braided leather headband doesn't lie straight, cover the band with a moist washcloth and iron flat using a hot iron.

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