How to Bead a Wire Headband

Updated February 21, 2017

When you haven't had time to wash and style your hair, it's common just to grab a headband and run out the door. You may as well make a stylish headband that you can wear either out on the town or on those days you are in rush. It's easy to bead a wire headband that has coiled teeth. In this case, you do not have to use a glue gun. Use an assortment of beads to form a design of your liking along with a matching coloured gauge wire.

Arrange the beads on your work surface in the order you would like them to appear on the headband.

Cut a 2-foot piece of the 28-gauge wire. Wrap one end of the wire four or five times around the left end of the headband.

Slide the untied end of the wire through the first bead. Allow the bead to travel all the way down the wire until it is flatly positioned against the headband.

Wrap the wire once around the headband's tooth, the tooth that is on the direct right of the bead. Make sure the wire is tightly wrapped.

Thread the second bead with the gauge wire until the bead is flush with the headband. Wrap the wire around the closest tooth on the right. If you do not want beads to cover the entire headband, wrap the gauge wire around the headband's base until you get to a point where you want to insert your next bead. Continue beading in the same way until you reach the other end of the headband.

Wrap the wire four or five times around the right hand end of the headband to secure all of the beads and wire in place. Cut off all excess wire and use needle-nose pliers to fold the wire's loose end.


You can also make a wire headband through beading a piece of memory wire. Memory wire can be folded and will remain in the shape of a headband with the help of heavy duty pliers.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire headband with teeth
  • 2 feet of 28-gauge wire (colour of your choice)
  • Assortment of beads (6mm)
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
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About the Author

Michelle Brunet has published articles in newspapers and magazines such as "The Coast," "Our Children," "Arts East," "Halifax Magazine" and "Atlantic Books Today." She earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from Saint Mary's University and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University.