17 DIY Hair Accessories To Up Your Hair Game

I’m always on the hunt for cute hair accessories, and it seems that there are so many DIY tutorials out there for them. I mean, you can’t get much more creative than making your own headbands! 

One of my favorite things about DIY projects like these is that they’re easy to make, but they look like you spent hours creating them. 

I have also found it’s easier to find material for these types of projects at second-hand stores or yard sales than going through all the trouble of shopping online. 

You’ll be surprised at how many different types of materials can be turned into cute headbands – fabric flowers, beads, feathers… anything goes!

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1. DIY bow hair clip

We all love bows, but the problem is that they’re so hard to wear. You can try pinning the bow directly onto your hair, but it will just fall off as soon as you turn your head. That’s why we suggest making a DIY bow hair clip!

You will need:

  • Two pieces of ribbon (1/2 inch wide)
  • A small piece of fabric or felt
  • A couple of bobby pins (optional)

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2. 5 Minute Braided Hair Bow

Sheer braided hair bows are a great way to add a touch of whimsy to your everyday look. They’re also super easy to make and don’t require any special equipment! 

Here’s how:

  • Decide on the style of braid you’d like to create, and section off your hair accordingly. You can use a hair tie or bobby pin in the back to secure the braid in place if needed
  • Braid until you reach the end (or wherever looks best). If you’re using a ribbon or other embellishment, this would be an ideal place for it
  • Tie off with another elastic band

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3. DIY floral crown

A floral crown is a great way to add some style to your hair without having to spend money on something you may only wear once. 

You can make one from simple flowers, or if you want something more elaborate, try using artificial flowers.

Flowers are the most common material used in making floral crowns. They’re easy to find at any grocery store and they come in many different colors and varieties that will look great with any outfit! 

If you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty or shelling out cash at the flower shop, fake ones are an affordable alternative that look almost as good as their real counterparts (and they won’t die).

4. Fabric Flower Barrettes

Here’s the thing about these DIY hair accessories: they’re surprisingly easy to make and even easier to wear. 

All you need is a few supplies and some spare time, and then you can have a whole new look in no time. You can use any fabric that strikes your fancy, but we recommend going with a patterned print or something brightly colored so it stands out against your hair.

Once you have all of the materials, start by cutting two pieces of fabric slightly larger than the width of each side of your headband (you may want to measure this first). 

Next, take one piece at a time and fold it in half lengthwise so that there are two creases in each side from where it was folded up these will help create pleats as you bring them together later on. 

To attach this piece onto your headband, place it over top so that its bottom left corner aligns with the end point of one side seamline on top; then pin around all four corners until secure before sewing together using stitches for no more than 3mm long (this helps ensure durability). 

Then repeat this process for second piece using opposite sides from first one should be sewn directly next to another without overlap so check placement before sticking pins!

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5. Fancy Headband Storage

But if you want to keep the look of your hair accessory and make sure it’s always in place for your next event, try out one of these five DIY methods.

Hair clip: Use a bobby pin to secure the headband on top of your head. Then, use another bobby pin to hold the hair clip onto your headband. 

This is a super simple method that takes less than two minutes if you have all of the tools at home already! 

Rubber band: Get a rubber band that matches your outfit or color scheme (you could even paint them!) and wrap it around the base of your hair accessory before clipping it into place with a bobby pin (or any other kind). 

Ribbon: Wrap ribbon around both ends of a plain ribbon and secure with strong glue or double-sided tape so they stick together tightly when wrapped around each other—but still easily removeable once done! 

You can also add glitter or rhinestones if desired! Hair elastic: If all else fails, just use an elastic like everyone else does! The best thing about this method is that it allows for maximum versatility as well because there are endless options when choosing which type/color etcetera…

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6. Painted headband

This is a simple way to give your hair accessories some extra flair, and it’s something you can do with any type of headband even ones you already own! 

Just make sure that the one you choose is sturdy enough to hold up under the weight of your hair for an extended period of time so that it doesn’t break or fall apart during wear. If it’s not, consider using a couple rubber bands around the back instead.

Once you have chosen a headband, grab some acrylic paint in whatever color(s) work best for your outfit and start painting on top and all over the front surface of it with broad strokes using a wide brush. 

Let dry thoroughly before adding another coat if desired (I usually do two). Once dry, seal with clear coat so that moisture doesn’t get trapped inside and cause any damage to your newly painted accessory later on down the line.

HeadbandAny type of headband will work for this project, including ones you already own.
PaintChoose your desired paint colors to add flair to the headband.
PaintbrushesUse paintbrushes of different sizes to apply the paint onto the headband.
Protective CoatingOptional: Consider using a protective coating, such as clear varnish or spray, to help preserve the painted design.

7. vintage fabric flower clips

You will need:

  • Fabric flowers, like the ones at the craft store
  • A hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire cutters, which you can find at most hardware stores. These are used to trim excess wire off of your flower clip after you’ve glued it together.

If you’re looking for an accessory that’s a little more on the casual side but still stylish, this is a great pick. 

It doesn’t add too much weight to your hair or distract from your outfit—just enough to make yourself feel sassy and put-together. To make one of these clips, start by folding a piece of fabric in half so it forms a triangle with both points facing down (the crease should be centered). 

Then use your glue gun to secure two pieces of wire along either side of the triangle so they form an arch shape. Afterward add hot glue along any seams where there might be gaps before attaching another piece over top of where those wires meet under each pointy end; this will help keep them from coming loose later on down the line. 

Finally take some smaller pieces from around each side where they overlap each other (about 1 inch or so)and fold them back onto themselves using small dabs from your hot glue gun again until everything looks smooth! And voila! You’re ready for some festive fun time ahead!

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8. DIY Vintage Hair Clip

What you’ll need:

  • A hair clip, found in the accessories section at your local craft store. We used a rose gold, but any color will do!
  • Fabric flowers. You can find these in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors—just match your hair clip to the kind you want to use! We went with pink roses because they matched perfectly.

How to make it: 1) Gather all materials needed for this project; 2) Attach your fabric flower to the backside of the hair clip using hot glue or super glue (make sure it’s secure); 3) Put on your new accessory and get ready for compliments from everyone around you! What did we say about up-dos? 

They’re so romantic and feminine… And now there’s an extra special detail that brings an extra bit of charm into play with each glance down at yourself too!

9. No-Sew Mini Bow Hair-Tie

  • Use a glue gun to attach the bow to the hair tie.
  • For a more sophisticated look, use fabric bows in lieu of ribbon or yarn.
  • You can make mini bows in different colours and patterns for an even more custom look—in this case, it’s important that your bow matches up with your hair tie!

10. Yarn Wrapped Headband

Don’t let your yarn stash go to waste! This easy DIY hair accessory is a great way to put your leftover balls to use. 

You can easily find yarn in a variety of colors and textures, which means you can really customize the look of this headband. If you have some knitting experience, you could even try using different stitches on each end!

11. Spiked Braided Headband

This look is all about the spikes. If you’re not sure about that, you can always opt for a more subtle version with just one or two spikes. 

The braiding can be done in a number of ways and with varying materials you could even use fake hair if you’re going for an especially badass look. 

This look is great for summer (especially because it will help keep your ears cool), and it’s also ideal for the gym or another active lifestyle: no need to worry about those pesky sweaty bangs anymore!

Headband or Hair TieA necessary base for the spiked braided headband project. Choose a headband or hair tie of your preference.
SpikesStylish and edgy spikes to add a rebellious touch to your braided headband.
Braiding MaterialSelect a durable and flexible braiding material, such as yarn or ribbon, to create the braided section of the headband.
Glue Gun and Glue SticksUse a glue gun and glue sticks to secure the spikes onto the braided headband.

12. Sparkly Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are an oft-forgotten tool in the hair accessory arsenal, but they’re one of the easiest ways to add a bit of sparkle and glamour to your look. 

They’re available at any beauty supply store or online, but you can also easily make your own with craft supplies. You can buy them in bulk online or in a beauty supply store (we recommend both).

13. Peacock Feather Headband DIY


  • peacock feathers (or any feathers you want)
  • a headband, ribbon or elastic band that fits your head comfortably. If you want to use a hair tie like I did, I recommend one with a thicker band. The thinner ones tend to stretch out and lose their shape after awhile. You can also use yarn or twine if you don’t have an appropriate hair accessory on hand!


Start by threading one peacock feather through the hole in the headband and then hot glue it into place on top of another feather below so it creates a double-feather look (see photo above). Repeat until all feathers are attached! The end result will be something like this:

That’s it! You now have yourself an adorable pair of peacocks perched atop your head 🙂 This project is great because it takes very little time (less than 30 minutes), costs next to nothing ($5 for 10+ pairs of DIY-worthy feathers), can be worn by anyone who likes peacocks (adults, kids, babies), and looks really cool when worn outside during fall weather 🙂

Peacock FeathersVibrant and eye-catching peacock feathers to add a unique touch to your headband.
Headband or Hair TieA necessary base for the peacock feather headband project. Choose a headband or hair tie of your preference.
Glue Gun and Glue SticksUse a glue gun and glue sticks to securely attach the peacock feathers to the headband.
Decorative AccessoriesOptional decorative accessories such as beads, rhinestones, or ribbons to enhance the overall look.

14. Knotted Headband Tutorial (Easy)… For Babies, Toddlers And Little Girls!

  • Materials:
  • a headband (you can use one you have or buy one)
  • Steps to follow:

Tie the bow, starting with the middle of the band and wrapping it all around. You want to make sure that you’re covering up any other knots or bows on your headband, so make sure you keep going until there are no other knots showing through! 

Once you get to the end of your bow, tuck away any extra ribbon into your knot so it doesn’t stick out too much. If need be, trim away any extra ribbon or fabric hanging off of your knot.

15. Embellished Headbands

For a girl who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, this project is perfect. You’ll need:

  • headband or hair tie
  • fabric scraps (assorted colors and materials)
  • glue gun and glue sticks (or fabric glue if you have it on hand)
  • ribbon, lace or other embellishment of choice
Headband or Hair TieA necessary base for the embellished headband project. Choose a headband or hair tie of your preference.
Fabric ScrapsAssorted fabric scraps in different colors and materials to create a unique and personalized headband.
Glue Gun and Glue SticksUse a glue gun and glue sticks to secure the fabric scraps and other embellishments onto the headband.
Ribbon, Lace, or Embellishment of ChoiceSelect a ribbon, lace, or any other preferred embellishment to add extra flair to your headband.


I hope this article has inspired you to make your own DIY hair accessories! As I mentioned, there are so many different ideas for each of these styles, and if you’re really feeling adventurous, go ahead and try them all out. 

The most important thing is that they look good on you and they make an outfit stand out. If you want to share photos with us or other readers, please send them over to us.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources to further explore the topic of DIY hair accessories:

Pinterest – DIY Hair Accessories: Discover a plethora of creative DIY hair accessory ideas on Pinterest and get inspired to elevate your hair game.

Outfit Trends – Basic Hair Accessories: Learn about essential hair accessories to have in your collection and how to style them for various occasions.

Buzzfeed – Best Hair Accessories: Check out Buzzfeed’s curated list of the best hair accessories available in the market, including trendy and innovative options.


How do I make my own hair accessories?

Making your own hair accessories can be a fun and creative activity. You can find DIY tutorials online or use materials like ribbons, beads, or fabric to create unique hair accessories that match your style.

What are some popular hair accessory trends?

Hair accessory trends can vary over time, but currently, popular options include oversized scrunchies, pearl hairpins, headbands with embellishments, and hair claw clips. Experiment with different trends to find what suits you best.

Can I wear hair accessories for formal occasions?

Absolutely! Hair accessories can be versatile and suitable for both casual and formal occasions. Choose elegant and sophisticated accessories like embellished pins or headbands to add a touch of glamour to your hairstyle.

How can I style my hair with accessories for everyday looks?

Adding a simple hair accessory, like a cute hairpin or a stylish headband, can instantly elevate your everyday hairstyle. Experiment with different accessories to find what complements your hair type and personal style.

Are there hair accessories for different hair lengths?

Yes! Hair accessories come in various shapes and sizes, catering to different hair lengths. From small pins for short hair to larger clips and headbands for long locks, there are options available for everyone to enhance their hair game.