How to Make Your Own Bridal Hair Accessories

Updated July 20, 2017

With just a few simple steps, you and your bridesmaids can create coordinating hair accessories that perfectly compliment your wedding-day hairdos.

Settle on a style. Whether you want sleek or modern, make sure the materials you gather fit seamlessly with your hairstyle and the formality of your event. If you'd like an edgier look, but have decided on a formal church wedding, consider wearing a traditional veil for the ceremony and creating a more modern accessory for the reception.

Purchase materials that fit your theme. Popular bridal accessories tend to contain white or ivory pearls, crystals, soft fabrics like lace, satin and tulle, sequins and beads. Color can make your accessories pop, and adding feathers and silk flowers can be a fun way to jazz up a bridal look.

Choose barrette forms, combs or clips that will work well with your wedding day hairstyle. Combs and clips are best for updos, while barrettes work well for half up looks. If you have short hair, decorate a headband or several small bobby pins.

Give your bridesmaids guidelines. Making coordinating hair accessories can be a fun bonding experience for you and your bridesmaids. If you're particular about the look of your maids' hair accessories, let them know up front what you have in mind to avoid cringe-worthy pictures down the road.

Most barrette forms, headbands and clips come in silver or gold, while bare combs are often brown, clear or tortoise shell. If you're going for an all white look, spray paint your accessory form and allow to dry before adding decoration.

Start with a base of feathers, fabric or lace for combs, barrettes and clips, adhered with hot glue. If you're planning an outdoor summer wedding, consider using a needle and thread as glue may not hold in hot, humid climates.

String pearls and crystals on thin florist wire and wrap the strings around a headband. Secure the ends with a dab of glue. For bobby pins, hot glue a cluster of pearls or jewels to the closed end.

Adhere crystals, sequins or pearls to lace and feathers with fabric glue, or arrange a cluster of gems along the centre of your clip, comb or barrette.

Adhere ribbon, thin strips of lace and pre-strung beads to any hair accessory using glue or needle and thread.

Add finishing touches that coordinate with your wedding theme. These could include an antique broach, seashells for a beach wedding or a silk flower that coordinates with your bouquet. For a more secure hold, sew, instead of glue, heavier jewellery pieces to headbands, clips and barrettes.


Incorporate swatches of fabric from a family heirloom gown or veil. Attach pearls, crystals or jewels with fabric glue for added sparkle. Purchase coordinating coloured feathers and fabrics for bridesmaids' hair accessories.


Avoid creating huge hair accessories that overwhelm your hairstyle or gown.

Things You'll Need

  • Undecorated headbands
  • Barrette forms
  • Plain hair combs
  • Plain bobby pins
  • White spray paint
  • Crystals
  • Pearls
  • Jewels
  • Ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Silk flowers
  • Bits of bridal lace or satin
  • Hot glue
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle and heavy-duty thread
  • Antique broach or charm
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About the Author

S. E. Olson is a freelance writer and editor specializing in weddings. She is a frequent contributor to, and has more than five years writing and editing experience. Olson has a Bachelor of Arts in writing and rhetoric and Spanish.