Looking for the perfect ribbon flower headband with nearly no cost? Learn how to make those gorgeous ribbon flowers in just a few minutes! Check out this easy tutorial!
It’s time we got rid of all layers of the bland and boring outfits and put on the fresh and lively accessories. One of the liveliest accessories out there are flower headbands, and they’re not just for summer!
Flower headbands are a favorite accessory of ours and popular among many. They have all the whimsy of daisy and dandelion crowns, but with the added bonus of lasting more than an afternoon!
If you are keen on a great style over your head, then going with the flower headbands will help you maintain the outstanding casual hairstyle! What’s more, they also provide your personality with a great style statement by applying to your outfits a great finishing touch!
Especially, you can totally make your cool-looking flowers to decorate depending on your style and preference with a friendly budget, just using leftover fabric and recycling items from home.
So, how to make ribbon flowers for headbands at home? There are several different ways to make ribbon flowers for headbands. Two easy ways involve looping and sewing layers of ribbon pieces or wrapping and gluing a long strand of ribbon into a flower shape.
This will make more sense when you read our tutorials for making ribbon flowers. We’ll show you two simple and simply dazzling options here in this guide.
Take a look at these romantic floral idea and pick a pattern. We’re sure you will get you a ton of compliments, plus a headband that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a flower patch, even when there isn’t one nearby!
Ribbon Flowers for Baby Headbands: Grosgrain Ribbon Flower
You’ve probably seen grosgrain ribbons before, even if you didn’t know it. They are those lovely textured ribbons (almost like a fine knitted rib stitch) that are quite popular on accessories already.
When turned into a simple folded flower pattern, this fabric turns out especially lovely!
We especially recommend these sweet classics for baby headband embellishments, but these grosgrain beauties will surely appeal to more than just tots, so don’t be afraid to try it on older kids as well, or to throw these on gifted items!
What You’ll Need
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Button with shank
We recommend using two different colored ribbons for this, a striped and a plain for that little something extra. But any two colors – or even two pieces of the same color – will still look lovely.
- 2.5m x 25mm grosgrain ribbon
- 1.2m x 25mm grosgrain striped ribbon
Now let’s get down to it!
Step 1: Prepare the ribbon
The first colored ribbon (ribbon A): Cut 6 pieces of 30 cm length and 2 that are 22 cm in length.
The striped ribbon: Cut 2 pieces of 30 cm length and 2 that are 22 cm in length.
Step 2: Make the flower wings
First things first, you need to take one the first color ribbon and fold the ends to the back to make looped ends. Next, you should sew both ends at the joining point to secure the ribbon. The wings will be a joined ribbon with 2 looped ends.
Repeat this process with every single piece of ribbon.
Step 3: Assemble the flower
Stack the first four of the long first-color ribbon loops. Two ribbon loops create the base cross and the other two ribbon loopss cross diagonally. Stitch the middle to hold it in place.
Then, you need to add it all together to make a complete flower. To the first stacked ribbons of the first color, attach the first small color loop, then attach two of the small striped loops to the side of this, one after the other, and finally add the last small first color loop. This will create a radial design.
Stitch the middle to hold it all in place.
Step 4: Add the button
After finishing the ribbon flower, you should glue the prepared button onto the center of the flower. Remember to fully dry it before proceeding. If you find any trails of glue, use a soft cloth to gently and quickly wipe them off.
Now your grosgrain ribbon flower is ready to add to your headband!
Ribbon Flowers for Teens and Young Adults: Ruffled Ribbon Flower
This brilliant flower for headbands that would make a wonderful gift to any style icon. We love these ruffled ribbon flowers with gems and crystals in the center to add a little sparkle, but you can always opt to embroider over the center with dark thread for a muted look. They’re easy to make your own!
What You’ll Need
- Satin Ribbon (at least 2 yards’ worth)
- Mini gem
- Felt Circle
- Hot glue gun
Note: This looks especially nice with a thicker ribbon, at least 1″ wide, but wider is ideal.
Step 1: Seal the ribbon
The first step to do is to seal the edge of the ribbon. The easiest way to do this is using a lighter, licking along the edge with the flame (any further in and you can burn your fabric!)
Swipe your finger along the burnt ribbon edge for 30 seconds until it hardens. Repeat the process on both ends, or down the length of the ribbon if side edges do not seem securely sealed.
Step 2: Stitch the ribbon
After preparing the ribbon, thread your needle. Be sure to knot 2 or 3 times at the end to make sure that it will not slip off once you insert the needle to the edge of the ribbon.
Fold the ribbon in half lengthwise and start sewing from the back of the ribbon along that middle fold. When you’re making the stitches, don’t worry too much about how they look. It won’t matter much in the end.
After keeping up a few stitches, your ribbon will begin to ruffle. Keep pushing the ribbon down the thread when you go. You must keep the ruffle tight to make a better flower.
You won’t need much thread to do this. If you cut too much thread, don’t worry. Just push the ribbon down and use less of your thread as you sew. You can trim off the excess later.
Step 3: Seal the end of the ribbon.
At the end of the ribbon, give it one last push down and take a couple of extra stitches to anchor it. Tie the thread off. Now you have the full-ruffled ribbon.
Step 4: Form the flower
This step is the most important step that will decide the form of your flower, be careful when you are on progress.
You need to form one end of the ribbon to make the center of a ribbon flower. Use one hand to hold the center, another hand to wrap the ruffles around the back. After wrapping about 2 times, add a bit of glue on the flower.
You will see the flower grow larger as you wrap the ruffle around. Repeat until you’re out of ruffled ribbon
Next, you should tuck the end of the ribbon to the back center of the flower, using glue to secure it. You can also use hot glue to fill in the entire back for more stability and create a surface for the felt circle.
Bonus: Add a layer of lace ribbon (bunched up or not) and wrap it between layers of your main ribbon for a more dynamic look! It’s easy to make this ruffled flower your own.
Step 5: Decorate the flower.
In this last step, glue a felt circle onto the back for a more professional finish. It will also help to hold everything in place.
To make the ruffled flower more gorgeous, glue a crystal gem or any desired accessory at the center of the flower.
How to Make a Headband For Your Ribbon Flowers
Now that you have some ribbon flowers on hand, you need a headband to put them on!
If you don’t have one or don’t like the ones you have, you can make your own!
This easy handmade headband tutorial is even more simple to do than the ribbon flowers, even if you don’t know how to sew! (Although if you’re hoping to actually sew a headband, we have some help for that, too.)
What You’ll Need
- 1/2” thick elastic
- Hot glue gun
Now that you have your tools, let’s begin!
Step 1: Measure the length of your headband
First, try to wrap the elastic around the top of your head, make sure that you it fits your head! It’s okay if it stretches a little to reach – that’s why it’s elastic – but it shouldn’t feel too tight. Otherwise you could be risking a headache!
When you’ve measured the right length, use your fingers to hold the spot at that right length and use scissors to cut at the spot marked.
Step 2: Form the headband
In the next step, glue one end of the elastic with a hot glue gun, then place the other end on the top of the glue. Press and keep the two ends together for about 5 seconds until it dries.
Note: Remember not to allow the elastic to twist once you apply the glue because it can cause the flowers to twist, uneven and messy when you glue them on the elastic.
Step 3: Adding the flowers
Apply glue onto bottom of the flowers you’ve made, place them on your headband, and hold it for 10 seconds to let the glue dry. You can continue to add any flowers on the headband until you feel satisfied it’s the right number for your headband bouquet!
Step 4: Allow the headband to dry.
If you use a hot glue gun to attach the flower headbands, it will take about 30 minutes to dry completely, at least in my experience.
If you use super glue, however, you should wait at least one day before wearing it to avoid any unforeseen issues!
1. Place your handmade flowers tightly close together, even to the point where they overlap each other, if you want the petals to cover up the headband.
2. You must be very careful when using a hot glue gun. Often, the tip of the gun is extremely hot that can burn you once it exposes to your body. Moreover, if you don’t know how to control the glue, it can create a terrible mess. In case you don’t know how to use it, you should ask your parents for help.
This article is my selection of ribbon flowers for headbands, full of beautiful colors to make these beautiful flowers. Besides headbands, these flowers can be used to decorate dresses, shoes, or bags! These handmade crafts will make the most heartfelt gifts as well.
Happy flower making!