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How to make ribbon woven headbands

Updated March 23, 2017

Dress up a headband with a length of ribbon and give your child a new look. If you have a previously woven headband with ribbon that is getting old, update that headband or, if you want to start with new materials, buy new plastic headbands. Create several different headbands using different colours of ribbon, allowing your child to accessorise her headwear with the outfit she is wearing. To weave the ribbon for the headband, you need to know how to create a woven braid.

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  1. Glue the two lengths of ribbon together with the hot glue gun and glue stick, making a length of ribbon 4 1/2 yards long. Make a loop in the centre of the ribbon where the two colours are joined and cross one side over the other.

  2. Bring the ribbon from the bottom up (left) and make a second loop, threading it through the first loop. Pull the right side of ribbon snug, but do not distort the ribbon.

  3. Bring the ribbon up from the right side and make another loop. Thread it through the second loop and pull the left side of ribbon snug.

  4. Continue braiding, first from the left side, then the right until you have a braid long enough to cover the plastic headband.

  5. Cut one end approximately 1/4 inch long. Bring the second end over and thread it through the final loop on the right side. Trim this end to 1/4 inch long. Carefully hold the ends of ribbon in the lighter's flame, sealing each end so it will not unravel.

  6. Apply a dot of hot glue to one end of the headband and press one end of the braided ribbon to the glue. Apply two dots to the centre of the headband at the top and press the braid to the glue. Repeat for the opposite side of the headband.

  7. Tip

    Use wider widths of ribbon for a wider headband.


    Work carefully with the hot glue gun and glue stick so you do not burn yourself.

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Things You'll Need

  • Narrow plastic headband
  • 2 1/4 yards ribbon, blue
  • 2 1/4 yards ribbon, pink
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Lighter

About the Author

Genevieve Van Wyden began writing in 2007. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs. She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system. Van Wyden earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New Mexico State University in 2006.

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