Lately we’ve been loving all of the awesome elastic trims that we have in our store, and we’ve been dying to use some in a DIY. So we dreamed up this lovely headband, created with some metallic elastic and beaded trim. If you’re looking for a last minute Halloween costume, this would be the perfect accessory for a Grecian dress, but you could also rock it on an everyday basis. Check out the DIY below!
1. Get your supplies. You need: 2 ft beaded trim, 1 ft metallic elastic, E6000 glue, and scissors. The metallic elastic we used is style number: 00531 and can be purchased by calling customer service at 1-800-9-MJTRIM.
2. Trim your beaded trim so it is about 15 inches long, and trim your elastic so it is about 8 inches long. Your length may be different – just trim the beaded trim so it fits over your forehead from ear to ear, and trim the elastic so it goes behind the head from ear to ear when stretched.
3. Place a dot of glue at one end of the elastic, then fold the end over on top of itself (about 1 cm) to reinforce the end. Hold in place until it dries. Do the same for the other end of the elastic. This will make the ends stronger so they can support the beaded trim. Then glue one of the ends of the elastic to the back of one of the ends of the beaded trim.
4. Glue the other end of the elastic to the other end of the beaded trim, to form a circle.
5. You’re all set! Simply slip the headband over your head and you’re ready to show it off.
In our opinion, it’s best to go all out with a head-to-toe DIY costume, but we understand that sometimes it’s easier to go with a simple last-minute option. If you haven’t picked out your Halloween costume yet, have no fear! We’ve rounded up the best DIY animal ear headbands that will turn any outfit into an adorable costume. Check them out below, and let us know which one you like best!
DIY Minnie Mouse Ears by Elle and Ish
DIY Lace Bunny Ears by Monoxious
DIY Pom Pom Ears by Llevo El Invierno
DIY Felt Bunny Ears by Finley and Oliver
DIY Lace Cat Ears by Rock Mosaic
Two of our favorite trends right now are spikes and neon, and we’re trying to incorporate them into our everyday looks as much as possible. And we have so many cool new neon supplies in our store that we knew it was time for a neon DIY. With our favorite cone spikes and some awesome neon nailheads, we created this edgy, trendy headband that will brighten up any look this fall. Check out our tutorial below, and stop by our store to find more neon and spike selections!
a plain metal headband (available in our store)
silver cone spikes
leather trim cut to the length of the headband
neon square nailheads
1. Make sure your leather trim is trimmed so it will fit perfectly around the headband. Then lay it flat, and draw a thin line of glue along one side.
2. Begin adding a line of neon nailheads on top of the glue. Hold each one down for a few seconds as it dries, and make sure there are no gaps in between the nailheads.
3. Continue to add lines of glue, and then nailheads on top, until you have neon nailheads running down an entire side of the leather trim. Then use the same process to add a line of nailheads to the other side.
4. Unscrew each of the cone spikes, as you will not be needing the screws.
5. Evenly line up the spikes on the strip of leather to make sure you have the correct placement. They should be about an inch apart. Then gently glue each one in place.
6. After the glue has dried and the spikes are firmly in place, draw a thin line of glue all along the metal headband.
7. Gently place the leather trim onto the metal headband, making sure it is even and symmetrical. Hold it in place while the glue dries. Once everything is dry, you’re all done!
We love anything that combines girly and edgy elements, so when we saw these adorable ceramic flowers in our store, we knew they would look awesome paired with some rock-n-roll studs. So we created the ultimate summer headband,which could be worn by girly girls and downtown rockers alike. Follow along below to make your own!
1. You’ll only be needing the tops of the spikes, so unscrew each spike.
2. Begin gluing the flowers and studs onto the headband. Place a dot of glue onto each flower or stud, and press it firmly onto the headband. Hold down for a few seconds while glue dries.
3. Continue covering the headband with flowers and spikes, alternating between the two. Make sure you allow time for each piece to dry.
4. When you’ve finished gluing on all of the flowers and studs, let your headband dry for 30 minutes, then you’re ready to show off your new hair accessory!
We’re back with another original DIY – and this time we’re all about the pastel trend! Using only 3 materials, (all from M&J Trimming) we created this lovely striped beaded headband. See the instructions below to make your own!
- 2 packages each of 2 different colors of seed beads
- 1 plastic headband
- craft glue
- 2 wide, shallow bowls
1. Create the middle strip first, drawing a line of glue down the middle of the headband. You may want to draw the line in pencil first to make it easier.
2. Pour the first color of the beads into a wide, shallow bowl or saucer. Dip all sides of the headband in the bowl until beads are covering all of the glue. Let the middle stripe dry.
3. Once dry, add another line of glue to create one of the outside stripes.
4. Pour the second color of the beads into the second bowl. Repeat the process that you used to make the first stripe, dipping the glue stripe in the bowl. If you prefer, you could also sprinkle the beads onto the headband.
5. Continue to add beads on both sides of the middle stripe, until the whole headband is covered.
6. Let dry for an hour and then you’re all done!
With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to be trying out some hippie-chic headbands. We searched our favorite DIY blogs to find the best headband tutorials, and we’re pretty pleased with what we found. Here’s our list of the top 5 headbands we plan to try this summer!
1. DIY Dolce & Gabbana Tiara by Honestly WTF
2. DIY Floral Headband by A Beautiful Mess
3. DIY Double Strand Lace Headband by Elisa McLaughlin Designs
4. DIY Floral Headband by Wish Wish Wish
5. DIY Crystal Wrapped Headband by P.S. I Made This
We’re constantly getting inspired by the items in our store, and today these edgy studs caught our eye. We added them to a classic black ribbon, and ended up with this awesome headband. See how to make it yourself below!
1. Starting in the middle of the ribbon, push a stud through. The prongs should poke out on the other side.
2. Flip the ribbon over and push down the edges of the stud to hold it in. We used our fingers, but some people prefer to use hard, flat objects (like a butter knife).
3. Add studs on either side of the first stud until they are covering about 1/3 of the ribbon, in the middle. You should have extra ribbon on either side so you can tie the headband.
4. All done! Simply tie the ends in a bow to secure it behind your head.
Everyone always sees the adorable little girl throwing petals on the floor. Brides also need to worry about what to put on their flower girls. You can create your own head band for your flower girl using ribbon and crystals with these easy steps.
- 1/2 yd of 2 1/4 Poly Satin Ribbon, Ivory Style# 00318 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
- 1/2 yd of 10mm Organdy Ribbon, Light Peach Style# 02110
- 25mm Plastic Head Band, White Style#43469 (1.800.9.mjtrim)
- 1 pack of SS12 Swarvoski Rhinestones, Crystal Style# 03012
- 1 pack of SS34 Swarvoski Rhinestones, Crystal Style# 03034
- 15” of 2mm Fine Metallic Twist Cord, Brown Gold Style# 00860
- 1/4” Swarvoski Crystal Belt, Crystal/Silver Style # 19912
- 2 pcs of 18*10mm Swarvoski Crystal Sew-on Pear Shaped Jewel, Crystal Style# 27474
- 1 pc of 15*4 mm Navette Rhinestone w/Setting, Crystal Style# 03912
- 1 pc of 18*9mm Sew-on, Crystal Style# 27473
- 1 pc of 12*6mm Sew-on, Crystal Style# 27473
- 1 pc of 10mm Round Sew-on, Crystal #32016
- E6000, Style # 37777
- Take the 1/2 yard of satin ribbon and glue it the headband to cover the plastic, cut the the ends to make them shorter, then glue the ends to the inside.
- Take the 1/2 yard of organza ribbon and glue it straight in the middle of the headband. Cut a little of the ends, leave some left over to glue the ends on the inside of the headband.
- take the metallic cord, cut 4 pieces even pieces (about 3 1/2 inches long), take the belt and swoop the pieces through, as a belt and glue the the ends on to the headband.
- take the other pieces of jewels and scatter them as you wish on each side of the head band.
M&J is constantly getting in new items and I have fallen in love with this new sequin trim. It’s a gorgeous scalloped edge trim on a netting. There are so many uses for this trim and a headband is an easy one. One of the girls who work on the floor took the gold version of this trim and made a simple flower from it for her hair. I was instantly inspired to make my own version.
I’m a huge fan of headbands, hairclips, and hair ties to hold back and adorn my long hair. Working at M&J has allowed me to expand my collection and have a different look everyday. I’ll show you how to make a sequined flower that can then be glued to a headband or hair clip, or even sew a pin on the back for other uses. It only takes a few minutes to make, so it’s also a great last minute gift idea.
#44434 – ½ Yard Gunmetal Scalloped Sequin Trim
#42955 – 23mm Silver Sequin Look Button
#43659 – Black Plastic Headband
*Call 1-800-9MJTRIM, ext:377 to order any of the products not listed online.
1.) Thread your needle and knot the end. Weave the needle through the sheer side of the trim about 1” away from the edge. Weave it in and out every ½” or so to create a gathering stitch. When you get to the end, pull the trim down this thread to gather it up. Gather it to about 3-4” long and knot the end securely to keep it gathered.
2.) Sew one gathered end to the other. You should now have a circle that is ruffled, this will be your flower. You can now either sew on or glue the button to the middle to cover the hole. If you glued it, once it is dry you can move to the next step.
3.) Now you can choose to glue this to a headband, a hair clip, or a pin back and you are set!
I love this time of year. The leaves are starting to fall, the air is crisp, and Halloween is around the corner. Every year I try to do something different. Last year I was a Zombie Princess Leia. This year I decided to be the classic 1966 Catwoman. I’m going to show you how to make an easy pair of kitty ears for your kitty costume.
- Print out the template on the cardstock and carefully cut out the shapes.
Fold along the dotted lines on all pieces.
- Glue Tab A to Section A by dabbing a little glue on both areas and letting it get tacky for a few seconds, then press together. You can use paperclips to hold these together as they dry. Let them dry for at least 10 minutes before moving onto step four.
- Glue Tabs B to underside of ‘ear’, again use paperclips to hold while drying. Let these sections dry at least 10 minutes.
- Once the sections are completely dry and the pieces do not move, you can color in the cardstock with markers. I colored my outer ear black on the front and back and the inner ear was colored pink for contrast. This way, when you glue the sequins on, you won’t see white cardstock behind them.
- After you have colored in your ears, you can glue them to the headband. Hold the ears on the headband to see where you want them to go and then glue them down. Glue one ear at a time and let the first ear dry before gluing the next. They should be dry in about 10-15 minutes.
- Now you can decorate your ears! Spread a thin layer of glue on the front outer ear and glue down your sequins. Once those have dried on both ears, glue down the inner ear sequins. After this has dried, you can glue the back sequins.
- Once dry, you are purrrfectly ready to have some fun.
**For a quick and easy catwoman costume, get a black unitard at any dance supply store, some cute black boots, add a gold belt, big gold chain necklace, and the ears – and you are set to take over Gotham!