Having a little girl is a joy, especially when they’re dressed from head-to-toe. Unfortunately, along with the cute looks comes lots of accessories. Headbands, bows and barrettes are right on trend but can be a mess to organize and find when you need them. The solution is to create your own DIY headband holder. Here are just a few ideas about how to make a headband holder that is not only an organizational tool but also a cute accessory for the bedroom or bathroom.

1. How to Make a Headband Holder With an Oatmeal Box

How to Make a Headband Holder With an Oatmeal Box

This is one of the simplest projects and is great whether you’re working with circular or open-ended headbands. The best part is that barrettes and bows can be stored inside so they don’t get lost.

What You Need

  • Empty oatmeal box.
  • Fabric of choice.
  • Large candle holder.
  • Spray paint.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Scissors.


  1. Paint the candle holder and lid of the oatmeal box in a color that compliments the fabric in an outdoor space and leave them to air dry.
  2. Spread out the fabric and lay the oatmeal box on top allowing the fabric to extend 3″ on each end. Cut off the excess.
  3. Holding the fabric to the box, roll it until the fabric overlaps and trim off the excess.
  4. Run a bead of glue along the length of the box and press the fabric in place. Don’t worry if you have a raw or uneven edge as that will be covered.
  5. Run a bead of glue along the underside of the other raw end then fold the end over and press in place.
  6. Wrap the fabric around the box then run a bead of glue along the folded edge of the fabric and press the folded edge over the raw edge.
  7. Glue the extra fabric to the bottom of the box making sure you pleat, glue, press then hold as you work your way around.
  8. Do the same to the top only glue it to the inside of the open end of the box.
  9. Glue the candle holder to the bottom of the finished box then snap on the lid and you’re done. The headbands will fit around the outside while the barrettes and bows can be stored inside.

2. How to Make a Headband Holder With a Roll of Paper Towels

Headband holder made of roll of paper towels

The advantage of this one is that you can add as many rows as you need. Additionally, barrettes and bows can be clipped to the ribbons.

What You Need

  • Roll of paper towels reduced to 5″- 5½” around.
  • Fabric.
  • Ribbon that compliments the fabric.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Scissors.
  • Ornament hanger.
  • End embellishments like silk flowers (optional).


  1. Reduce the size of the roll so the bands will fit easily.
  2. Glue the final paper towel to the roll by running a bead of glue along the edge and pressing it into place.
  3. Lay out the fabric and cut the width so it will fold around each end of the roll and tuck into the hole at each end.
  4. Measure around the roll and cut the fabric the appropriate length leaving it 2″ longer than the measurement.
  5. Fold and glue one raw edge toward the wrong side.
  6. Center the roll on the fabric on the wrong side of the fabric, run a bead of glue along one end and press it onto the roll.
  7. Wind the fabric all the way around the roll then glue the other end in place covering the raw edge.
  8. Pleat, glue and press the extended ends into the holes on each end.
  9. When dry, run the ribbon through the hole, bring the ends together and tie a bow.
  10. If you’d like to finish the ends just take embellishments like silk flowers and glue them to each end.
  11. Attach the ornament hanger to the wall and hang the headband holder up by the bowed ribbon. You can also make multiple holders the same way and run the ribbons of additional rows through the previous one rolls before adding the embellishments.

3. How to Make a Headband Holder With a Towel

fleece headband holder

The advantage of this project is that it will stand up on its own on the floor for those with limited dresser or bathroom space.

What You Need

  • A large towel.
  • Fabric (a small fleece blanket works really well).
  • Safety pins.
  • Large binder clips.


  1. Roll the towel the length you want and safety pin the edge in place.
  2. Lay out the fabric and place the towel on one edge making sure the fabric extends beyond each end 4″ – 6″.
  3. Fold the ends of the fabric toward the center then roll the towel and fabric together.
  4. Use the binder clips to secure the fabric in place. That’s it.

4. How to Make a Headband Holder With a Board and Baby Clothes Pins

headband organizer

This is a perfect option for babies that have smaller heads and, therefore, headbands. It’s also a great way to add a touch of country to the baby’s room.

What You Need

  • A piece of wood the length you need to make the holder (A little wider board will allow a second row or space to add the baby’s name at the top).
  • Baby clothes pins in the color preferred.
  • Paint or polyurethane for the wood.
  • Ribbon.
  • Fine sandpaper.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Scissors.
  • Embellishments (like small silk flowers, babies breath, bows, etc.) (Optional).
  • Screws and screwdriver.
  • A level.


  1. Take or cut a piece of wood the size preferred.
  2. Lightly sand the surface until it is smooth to the touch.
  3. Paint it a color to compliment the room or coat it with polyurethane. Allow it to dry completely before continuing.
  4. Glue the clothes pins side-by-side across the length of the board making sure they line up straight.
  5. On the back, glue a few ribbons that have been cut in 6″ – 8″ lengths. These will serve as places where barrettes and bows can be kept together.
  6. Attach the board to the wall with screws making sure it’s level.
  7. Attach each baby headband to a separate clothes pin.

5. How to Make a Headband Holder With Hooks

How to Make a Headband Holder With Hooks

The advantage of this option is that baby grows into a young woman, it can be used to hold photos and jewelry.

What You Need

  • Stretched canvas as for an oil painting.
  • Fabric that’s been ironed.
  • Quilt batting.
  • Scissors.
  • Staple gun.
  • Cup hooks.
  • 1″ grosgrain ribbon to compliment the fabric.


  1. Lay out the batting and place the canvas on top face down.
  2. Cut around the canvas leaving 2″ extra all the way around.
  3. The canvas has a wooden frame. Staple the batting to the wooden frame on the back while holding it taut.
  4. Lay the batted canvas on top the fabric and cut around the edges leaving 2″ extra all the way around.
  5. Holding the fabric taut, staple it to the back side of the canvas frame over the batting.
  6. Turn the canvas over and place the ribbon from top to bottom adding 2″ to each end or 4″ in total.
  7. Use that ribbon to measure and cut 6 more ribbons the same length.
  8. Evenly space the ribbons on your work space with the wrong-side up then place the fabric covered canvas face down on top of them.
  9. Pull the top end over the edge of the canvas and staple it to the back of the frame. Do the same to the bottom pulling it taut before you staple it.
  10. Repeat with all the ribbons.
  11. Turn the canvas face up and screw the hooks into the canvas through the frame beginning with the first section, in-between each ribbon and ending with the last section. You should have 9 hooks when you’re finished.
  12. Cut two 6″ lengths of ribbon. Staple one to the back of the board behind the 2nd ribbon and one behind the 6th ribbon.
  13. Tie a bow at the top and hang on the wall.

Summing Up

There’s no doubt that headbands are all the rage and will be for some time to come. However, taking care of them doesn’t have to be a chore once you learn how to make a headband holder. By having an organizational system that works for you, you’ll find that hair accessories will be one less thing you have to worry about.

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