What you wear on your head is the crowning piece for any bride. However, financial constraints often require a little ingenuity. Learning how to make wedding headband that will accentuate your look is easy. It’s also much less expensive than those on the market. The hardest part will be narrowing it down to only one.

Project 1 – How to Make Wedding Headband With Pearls and Crystals

pearl and rhinestone wedding headband

This is beautiful and really easy to make.

What You Need

  • A silver headband.
  • 4mm and 6mm pearls.
  • 4mm and 6mm Swarovski crystals.
  • 26 gauge silver wire – 6′-7′ long.
  • Wire cutters.
  • Hot glue gun and rods (optional).


  1. Wrap the wire around the headband beginning just above the bottom and continuing until to get 3/8″ from the end. To begin, hold the end of the wire against the inside of the headband then wrap it tightly keeping each row close together. Finally, tuck the end at the beginning under the wraps to hide it.
  2. On the same wire, create a pattern by stringing 2 small beads (1 pearl and 1 crystal) with 1 wrap, 1 large pearl and 1 small pearl with 1 wrap and 1 crystal and 1 large pearl with 1 wrap. Wrap it as tightly as possible as you go. All the beading should end up on top.
  3. Continue the pattern until you get to within 3/8″ of the other side.
  4. Wrap the wire without beads around the headband keeping the rows close together for 3/8″. Clip the wire so there is a short tail left. Tuck the tail under the wrapped section.
    Optional – If you’re worried you can always run a bead of glue along the side of the headband so it runs down under the beads to secure them. It should dry clear.

Project 2 – How to Make Wedding Headband With Ribbon, Metal and Rhinestones

How to Make Wedding Headband With Ribbon, Metal and Rhinestones

This is a subtle option that allows you to include your signature color with a touch of metal as well.

What You Need

  • 1-1/2″ wide white silk ribbon.
  • Rhinestones, 2mm pearls, metal beads.
  • 3 circular rhinestone appliques.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Scissors.
  • Jewelry tweezers.


Note: You’re going to lay out your pattern first.

  1. Place the ribbon on the table and lay the three rhinestone discs equal distances apart setting one in the center of the ribbon.
  2. Arrange the individual rhinestones, metal beads and pearls in a pattern.
  3. Pick up a bead with the tweezers then with the glue gun place a drop of glue on the bottom of the bead and put it back in place. Do the same with each bead and the appliques. The pattern of the beading should be centered on the ribbon and the ribbon’s edges should show when you’re done.

Project 3 – How to Make Wedding Headband With a Leaf Pattern

Wedding Headband With a Leaf Pattern

This one has a slightly vintage look and will ensure you sparkle on your big day.

What You Need

  • Thin silver headband.
  • Rhinestone applique.
  • Rhinestone chains.
  • Pearl beads 4mm and 6mm.
  • Rhinestone leaf applique or you can make your own with fusible webbing and white felt.
  • Silver bugle beads.
  • Hot glue gun and rods.
  • Tweezers.
  • Needle and clear thread.


  1. Glue bugle beads around the outside of 9 large pearls.
  2. If you’re using a leaf applique then attach the one large pearl to the tip of each leaf. If making your own then cut out 9 leaves from fusible webbing. Glue 2 large rhinestones in the center of each leaf and trim the edges with small pearls. Fill in the space between the two with bugle beads pointed as much as possible in the same direction. Make a total of 9 leaves.
  3. Glue one of the pearls you made earlier to the tip of each leaf.
  4. Once completed, lay the leaves in the desired pattern, overlapping them slightly, and trace the complete pattern onto the white felt 2 times.
  5. Cut out on piece of felt the right size and the 2nd slightly smaller than the pattern and glue the applique to the larger piece.
  6. Glue the applique onto the headband setting it to one side off center.
  7. With the needle and thread, run whip stich the headband to the applique in a few places then glue the smaller piece of felt to the first one with the headband sandwiched between them.
  8. Glue the rhinestone chains to the applique in a way that will create loops while allowing them to hang at different lengths and in different places. You should have 3 or more by the time you’re done.

Project 4 – How to Make Wedding Headband With Natural Materials

Wedding Headband With Natural Materials

For an outdoor wedding, a bohemian twist on a head wreath would be the perfect topper.

What You Need

  • Very thin willow branches longer than the distance around your head.
  • Faux flowers (a predominant one and something smaller like baby’s breath).
  • Faux leaves.
  • Florist shears.
  • Hot glue gun and rods.
  • Scissors.


  1. Soak the willow branches in water for about 2 hours so they are flexible and don’t break while working with them.
  2. Take 3 willow branches and loosely braid them. Glue where the branches come together at each end.
  3. Keep braiding until the braid goes completely around your head then cut the branches off and glue the ends together.
    Note: If you’re having trouble keeping them together you can lightly bind them with floral wire.
  4. Once dry, run lengths of ribbon through both sides of the braid, tie them to the branches and then tie a small bow. You can cut the tails off to any length and even add more ribbons if you’d like. Allow the headband to dry thoroughly before continuing.
  5. Glue leaves to the side that are pointed in various directions.
  6. Glue the smaller flowers or baby’s breath over the leaves with the stems toward the center where the large flower will be placed.
  7. Center and glue the large flower on top of the leaves and baby’s breath. Weave the extra baby’s breath here and there around the rest of the headband. Be sure the glue has dried completely before you try it on.
    Note: To add a little bling you can also finish it off by gluing 2mm rhinestones randomly to your work.

Project 5 – How to Make Wedding Headband With Bridal Veil Netting

Wedding Headband With Bridal Veil Netting

Sometimes the simplest headbands are the most beautiful.

What You Need

  • Bridal veil netting.
  • Baby’s breath.
  • Small white flowers.
  • Needle and thread.
  • Hot glue gun and rods.
  • Ruler.
  • Scissors.


  1. Place the veil material flat on a table and scatter pieces of baby’s breath along the middle about the width of your head.
  2. Fold in half again and again until the veil is about 2″ wide. The baby’s breath will be trapped inside and should be just barely visible.
  3. Use the needle and thread to tack where the edge of the veil ends up meeting the bulk to secure it in place.
  4. From one end of the veil cut several pieces of strips 2″ wide, 1″ wide and 1/2″ wide and 7″ in length. The fuller the final product the more strips required.
  5. Run a gathering thread through the bottom of one 2″ strip. Pull the threat tight then roll the strip. Secure the gathered bottom with a knot.
  6. Do the same to each strip.
  7. Sew the rolls randomly in a bunch where the veil will hit about the ear. You can check by placing the center of the veil on the top center of your head and then noting where it hits the ear. Just put enough together to get it as full as you want then sew the group to the side of the veil.
  8. Glue baby’s breath and the small white flowers in a few places among the rolls.

Summing Up

You may have little difficulty finding that special dress or choosing the perfect hairstyle for your big day. The headband, however, is extremely important since it will help keep your hair under control while adding a bit of sparkle to your look. Learning how to make wedding headband is easy. All you have to do is pick one and then personalize it so it makes a great statement about you.

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