Live frugal, look fashionable with homemade hair accessories. These homemade headbands are one of my fav t-shirt crafts to breathe new life into shirts.
Homemade Hair Accessories: Homemade Headbands From T-Shirts
There’s a lot to like about homemade hair accessories, like these homemade headbands made from t-shirts. For one, homemade headbands and bows are (usually) frugal… and you know how I like to save money! 🙂 Some of them (like these DIY headbands) even give you the opportunity to reuse old items that might otherwise end up in the trash… or lingering in your closet for the next five years. Lastly, I love that when you opt for homemade hair accessories you have control. You can get the perfect size, your preferred color, etc.
Have a t-shirt your little princess has outgrown or stained beyond repair? Breathe new life into it by transforming that tee into a homemade headband. Oh, and they aren’t just for little kids. While these DIY headbands many not be quite sophisticated enough for the office, they’re perfect for wearing around the house while you tackle your spring cleaning checklist or while you workout.
I also like how creative you can get with this t-shirt craft for DIY headbands. For instance, you could use two different colored t-shirts to get a really unique look. If you’re handy with a glue gun you could also add a little sparkle and bling.
However, best of all, this is one t-shirt craft the kiddos can help out with. I suggest you handle the cutting and hot gluing but they could easily lend a hand with the braiding. I would even consider introducing this homemade headbands project as a sleepover activity if I felt like the girls were old enough. Instead of friendship bracelets they can make friendship headbands.
Ready to tackle more homemade hair accessories? These DIY felt flower hair clips are perfect for spring and summer!
Note: Before getting started, measure your head (or the head of the person who will be wearing these homemade hair accessories). Make note of the necessary length.
1. Spread the t-shirt out on a flat surface such as the floor or a table.
2. Cut the hem off of the bottom of the shirt.
3. Cut 5 strips horizontally off the bottom of the shirt (both layers together).
Note: When you’re done you should have 5 loops.
4. Stretch each loop and the edges will start to roll and become thinner; lay the loops out with the seams on each side.
5. Cut the seam off the right side of all the loops (leaving you with 5 long strands).
6. Gather the strands and hot glue one of the pieces of material you set aside in step 2 around them to hold the strands together.
Note: Leave an inch or two of material on the top.
7. Tape the top (above the glued band) to your surface to hold it in place.
8. Take the outside left strand and place it over the strand to the immediate right.
9. Take the middle strand and place it over the strand to the immediate left.
10. Take the outside right strand and place it over the strand to the immediate left.
11. Take the middle strand and place it over the strand to the immediate right.
12. Repeat steps 8-11, keeping the braid tight, until you have the desired length.
13. Hot glue another piece of hem around the end to hold the strands together.
Note: Leave an inch or two of material on the end.
14. Remove the tape.
15. Hold the two ends so they’re across from each other and tie each strand together in a double knot with the strand across from it. (You’re basically connecting the two ends of this homemade headband in a series of double knots.)
16. Cut off any excess fabric and your DIY headband is ready to wear.
As cute as these homemade hair accessories are, they won’t mask dull, damaged hair! Treat your hair right with awesome homemade hair products like:
- Coconut milk shampoo
- Coconut oil conditioner
- Avocado and honey hair mask
- Leave in conditioner
- All-natural detangler
Oh, and if you’d like to try more t-shirt crafts, get started by learning how to tie dye.