DIY Troll Hair Headbands


My daughter’s softball team name this year if Troll-rific. So cute! For softball opening day, the teams get dressed up and parade themselves in costume and to loud music. Needless to say, I had to figure out how to make DIY Troll hair headbands.  It was actually very simple and inexpensive. 

After making about nine of them, I decided to do my very first live Facebook video. So, if you want to see me “wing it” and make these headbands, check out this video. It also includes how to make the felt flowers.

If you want to see a quicker version, check out my YouTube video.

Watch the Quicker Version Tutorial:

Time: 20-30 Minutes



I made each headband different, but you will need about 10-12 twenty-two inch strips of tulle that are about 22″ long. Fold the strips in half and loop them to the headband as shown.  Once all the strips are on the headband, pull the ends together and tie them with a rubber band. The highest point of the headband will be about 11 inches tall.  Tie a ribbon around the rubber band in a bow.

Make mini felt flowers to glue onto the headband to embellish it.

Tips to Avoid Flopping: READ BEFORE MAKING

After this post published, a few people mentioned they had trouble with their hair flopping over. Here are some tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you:

  1. Make sure the headband is at least a half inch high
  2. Do not make the Larks Head Knot too tight. The looser the better. (This one is most important)
  3. The hair should only be about 10″-11″ at the very highest point.
  4. If it happens to you, loosen the knots. You can also try spraying it with starch, but loosening the knots should work.

Felt Flower Video Tutorial:

I made different color combos.  I bought the headbands at Target, 5 for $5.99.  The 25 yard rolls of tulle will make three headbands.  Consider playing around with colors and make striped hair or two toned hair.

I hope you like them! They are fun to make and would also make a great craft at a Troll themed birthday party. OR, you can be like my daughter and wear them anywhere and everywhere!

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  1. Help! What’s the trick to get it stay up and not flop backwards? I put it all together right after I watched the video a few minutes ago for my daughter who’s turning 3 tomorrow morning and went to tie it with the rubberband it fell backwards. I’ve tried to re-adjust the positioning 4 times and just will not stay up. I followed your supplies, directions and lengths to a T. #Frustrated

    1. Hi Steph! Just wanted to make sure you got my response on Facebook. So sorry you are having trouble. I didn’t run into that problem. Maybe try placing the rubber band a little lower and adding 2 or more extra strips of tulle on each side to make it wider. Hope that helps!

      1. Hi Eliza! Make it a little wider (example, 14 strips of tulle instead of 12) and place the rubber band a tad lower. I had a dozen little girls running around with them with no flops. Hopefully this works for you! Keep me posted!

      2. That happened to me too!! I bought some spray starch and sprayed and sprayed until they didn’t flop over!

        1. HI Amber- how many times did you spray starch? I’m running into the flopping problem too. Adjusted the knots, lowered the rubber band but still floppy ( headbands are 1/2″). I sprayed 3x letting them air dry in between ( can’t iron tulle, right?). A little better but still floppy!

  2. Just wanted to know what size headbands you used (1/2″, 1″ or 2″)? Thank you! We’re excited to try this, ordering supplies now!

    1. Hi Libby! You could leave the flower off and do colors like blue, green, yellow, black, white etc. Then do stripes, so alternate the colors, or make one color on the outside and another color on the inside. Instead of the bow, use those black elastic hair ties. Try to find all black headbands too. I hope this helps! Let me know what you end up doing!

    2. Hi I am making for granddaughter’s party. I made boys hair shorter and glued a little plastic frog on them. They sell at Walmart in Birthday area for around $1.00 a bag.

  3. These are so cute! They would make great party favors for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party =D Could you tell me where you bought the headbands? Thank you!!

  4. Hi, I would like to do these headbands for my daughters birthday party. However, I can’t seem to locate 5/8″ headbands. I can only find the skinny ones. ?. Any suggestions or websites you can buy them from? Also my little girls is 4. I don’t know if they ned to be kid headbands or if regular heaxbands will work. Sorry, I’m not very crafty.

  5. i loved making this for our granddaughter. Thanks for posting videos along with the directions, made this so easy.

  6. Hello Mrs Wulf. I really love those Troll headbands. I had a few 1″ white satin covered headbands that I use to order from online and colored the three I had. When I went to order more of them (and I mean a lot more), I was informed that they were not going to carry them any longer. I was heartbroken because I really wanted to make a few of the Troll headbands. So I was emailing you to ask if you knew of a place that sold 4-6 headbands in a package? I am looking for the headbands named above. I would like to get all white as I color the headbands and ribbons with my markers for nice color matching. If you or any of your readers could help me out, it would be great. I am not on facebook, tweet or anything like that. So I will check back at your website in the replies.
    Thank you very much
    PS. I tried looking on Target website and could not find the headbands you used at our Target store. I made the mini felt flowers and they are so adorable. Loved making them.

  7. Tomorrow is Crazy Hair Day at school but it’s also church picture day after school so we couldn’t get too ctazy. Your post to the rescue! Thank you do much for a great idea!
    (I cut my strips a little shorter and there’s no flopping!)

  8. Hi there!
    Love the troll hair headbands!! I am going to make them for my daughter’s birthday party. I am wondering what color tulle did you use?

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial!!


    1. Thanks, Leslie! I just looked at the rolls and they don’t have the name of the colors on them! I bought them at Joann Fabric and Crafts. They are fushia, light purple, and blue (turquoise-ish). I hope this helps!!

  9. Wish you had a pic of the girls wearing them. I saw some pic so of diy troll headbands in some girls and they didn’t look as neat on as I thought ?

  10. Okay, maybe I missed it, but did you say how LONG the strips were
    I’m about to get started and super excited to make these!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

    1. Hi Cat! I got five headbands for $5, the tulle I used was 40% off and each roll makes three headbands. Plus, two sheets of felt (green and another color) will make all the flowers. One roll of ribbon will make several as well. So, I would say one headband is roughly $3.00.

  11. Am waiting for the tulle to arrive so I haven’t tried assembling them yet but sooo appreciate your instructions and everyone’s comments. We adults are going to wear them for a school wide event so DYI was definitely the way to go and I had no idea how I was going to make this happen. Thanks so much for the inspiration and instructions!

    1. AWESOME!! You are so very welcome. It makes me so happy that you are using the tutorial. Be sure to keep the Larks Head Knots “big” (don’t pull too tightly) so that they don’t flop over.

  12. I’m thinking about doing these for my daughter’s birthday party. She’s 7. Do you think that it’s easy enough for the kids to do?

  13. I am having trouble with the tulle. Once I put it on my head the tulle is falling forward. Any suggestions on keeping it upright?

  14. I’ve started making these for my granddaughters 3rd birthday thank you for the easy and simple instructions. They look so cute and I’m sure they are going to love them.

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