Glitter Bow Headband Tutorial

I've been going into the hair accessory section of the store lately looking for something new and fun and I fell in love with a really sparkly bow headband.  I did not however feel it was worth the $7 when I knew that I could make it myself (sometimes I'm cheap).  I knew glitter ribbon would be 1. hard to find in a variety of colors and 2. expensive! so I decided to make that myself too!  Here's what I ended up with.
What you need-
Ribbon (I used 1.5 inch satin ribbon)
Spray adhesive
Clear fishing line string
Hot glue gun
Scrap of felt
GLITTER!  I prefer Martha Stewart brand, it sparkles like no other I've used.

To make my bows lay nice and flat on the band I used a bit of glue to tack the ribbon folded into a bow like position.
Just a dab of glue to tack it into place.  Then scrunch the middle by pinching and tie with the clear string around the center.  The glitter will cover the string up so just knot and trim on the backside of the bow.

Shape the bow with your fingers so that the loops are puffed.  Once the glue and glitter is dry your bow will be fairly stiff so you want it to be fluffed before this step.  Spray the bow liberally with the adhesive and cover with glitter.  Make sure you get the whole outside surface.  If you miss spots spray and cover again.  Shake off the excess and allow to dry.

Hot glue the bow to your headband.  Then reinforce the bond with a couple strips of matching felt.
All set.  Now make one in every color!  You can also attach them to alligator clips, I used a smaller ribbon for this one for a smaller head ( a toddlers ).

You can see this one needs to be tapped for excess glitter a bit more.  It was getting on my photo surface.  If your glitter really rubs off you can also spray it with a coat of clear spray paint.  Works like a charm!


  1. I love this!! I don't know if I could pull it off (making) it but my daughter would adore it!

  2. Oh girl you have done it again! I can't wait to make a bunch of these for me!


  3. Might I just say that lipstick is amazing on you!

  4. I always answer questions directly through e-mail but every one and a while there is one that I think others may want to know the answer to as well.....

    Martha Stewart glitter can be found at Walmart and Michaels craft stores.

    The lipstick I'm wearing is the new Cover Girl outlast lip stain stick (I'm a sucker for Drew Barrymore commercials) in Wild Berry Wink. It looks like pink on the container, red on the lips! I really like the stain, would like to try another of the colors but am a bit scared without a tester as the color seemed so different from the container.

  5. I am definitely going to try it. It will look so cute on my girls when I do their pictures.


  6. I want to cover everything in Martha's glitter! Lots of fun uses for for these adorable bows!

  7. Love how you made your own glitter ribbon!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  9. Great tutorial! I featured it on my blog today!



  10. I love it! I'm going to make this in silver to match my daughter's V-Day outfit.

  11. I'm so glad that this sparkly little gem isn't just for kids! I do believe that my head will be adorned with one a.s.a.p.! So stinkin cute!

  12. Love this idea! I posted about it on my blog today www.ellebellecreative.com

  13. hey girlie! featured you today at a crafty soiree... www.yesterdayontuesday.com
    xo malia

  14. Oh how pretty- I love me some sparkle! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  15. These are so pretty. I love anything that sparkles!

  16. Looks very easy! So pretty too! I found you on oneprettything.

  17. i'll be trying this ASAP!!! absolutely love it.


  18. Ohh, I love this idea! :D I'll totally try it out. :)

  19. Been looking for ideas for headbands for my grandgirls. I have 5 so buying them would be way to expensive, especially to give them a variety. Great idea. Thanks

  20. Hi there, thanks for sharing this tutorial :) I linked it in a serie I'm writing for my blog (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-from-head-to-toe-2.html#more) I hope you don't mind!

  21. HOLY CANOLLI that is seriously amazing... I am in love! Why is it that any age we get so excited over glitter? I'm definately a 'shiny things' gal!

    Tashy ~ The Quirky Crafting Shmoogle Bean

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