DIY fold-over elastic headbands are so easy, I’ve been doing it for a long time because my daughters have some crazy hair! Really, it just flies everywhere. This is another beginner craft that will provide useful throughout the years. I even make these for myself! There are so many different prints that you’ll probably end up with a collection like mine…seriously it is insane how many yards of various fold-over elastics I have. It is to the point my husband rolls his eyes every time I get more in the mail.

DIY Fold-Over Elastic Headbands

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What you’ll need:

  • Fold over elastic
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

That’s it! Unless you’ve never purchased fold-over elastic, you probably have it all on hand already. A DIY Stretchy Headband is always a good thing to have on hand.

The first thing you need to do is wrap a piece of elastic around whoever’s head the finished product is intended for. Make it slightly snug, then add about an inch and cut.

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Next, cut another piece roughly two inches long.

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This smaller piece may seem odd, but you’ll see what it is for later on.

Now overlap the elastic about an inch.

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Put a line of glue long ways, and press firmly.

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Now here’s where the two-inch piece comes in.

You can see a line where the pieces were cut. It isn’t pretty. But we can fix that.

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Place your headband so the inside (not printed) is facing you.

Put a dab of glue where the cut line is visible on the front.

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Put one end of the two-inch piece on the glue, with the printed side facing you.

You will see the back of the small piece when viewing from the right side.

Wrap the smaller piece over the right side, and back around.

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Double check that your piece doesn’t overhang, if it does, trim it before the next step.

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When you’re length is good, place another dab of glue and press the end firmly for a few seconds.

You can mix and match these as well for more diverse headbands, I did it (accidentally) with the Frozen headbands. I have also done two-toned headbands in the past for some extra dimension. Here’s what it should look like now:

You may be wondering if this serves any purpose besides hiding a flaw, and yes it does!

Because we only glued in the back, you can add bows or other clips to the headband.

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It is one of our favorite things to do. I made Fourth of July headbands with matching bows this year.

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There are endless possibilities here.

You (and any special girls in your life) will love these.

They are comfortable, inexpensive, and easy to make.

My daughters have a ton already, Emma and Zoey wear them all the time.

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This floral print is my favorite.

diy fold over elastic headbands

And of course, what little girl wouldn’t choose a Frozen headband?

There is so much more you can do with fold-over elastic, keep an eye out for my upcoming tutorial for hair ties!

20 comments on “DIY Fold-Over Elastic Headbands”

  1. How sweet! I’ve never seen printed elastic like that, but I guess I’ve never looked. My daughter would love to have some DIY accessories. I’m on the hunt now!

  2. I love this so much because headbands NEVER stay on my daughter’s head (or mine). Maybe we have odd shaped heads but they always slip off, the clip would be perfect!

  3. i love these..just made some zebra print hair ties and headbands for my granddaughter..most i tied in a knot some i glued..but i took a lighter and went barely let it hit the ends that were fuses the threads together..but i am still gonna add a little piece for my granddaughter to add bows too..she will be 10 nov 17 and a girly girl…i think i have found a new to get some colors that i like and make some for myself

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