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
- Headbands (at least a half inch wide)
- Tulle (6” X 25 yard rolls) (the stiffer the better)
- Rubber Bands
- Felt Flowers
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
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:
- Make sure the headband is at least a half inch high
- Do not make the Larks Head Knot too tight. The looser the better. (This one is most important)
- The hair should only be about 10″-11″ at the very highest point.
- 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!
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
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!
Am having the same problem..it keeps flipping down ☹️
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!
That happened to me too!! I bought some spray starch and sprayed and sprayed until they didn’t flop over!
Great idea, Amber!
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!
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!
Hi Rebecca! These are a little larger than 1/2″… about 5/8″, but I think 1/2″ or larger would work! Let me know how it goes!
I’d love to see a picture of this on someone. Do you have one you could post? Thanks.
Hi Bree! Here’s a silly picture of my daughter wearing it. I will post more once I get the girls from the softball team together: https://www.facebook.com/DIYInspired/photos/a.272422036138143.62794.187654177948263/1712895145424151/?type=3&theater
I’m absolutely loving these headbands. I just have to figure out if my daughter and her friends (Kindergarteners) know how to tie knots.
Hi Michelle! Oh that’s great! You know? My daughter is in first and I haven’t showed her how to do it! Now I need to!
would it stay up?
Yes! It works great. I made them for 12 little girls and no “flops”!
Just did one so I can show my Girl Scouts tomorrow. They are super cute.
Great!!! Let me know how they like it, Laura! So glad you like them.
How wide did you make the strips?
Hi Frostie! I used 6″ wide rolls. The rolls were 6″ X 25 yards and make about three headbands.
Any ideas on how to do this for “boy trolls”?
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!
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.
That’s a great idea!!
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!!
Never mind! Just reread your tutorial and you mention you found them at Target. Thanks! =)
Thanks, Alejandra! Glad you found what you needed and thanks for stopping by!!
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.
Hi Sherelyn! So glad you like them. I bought the ones I used at Target, but any 1/2 inch or thicker headband will work. You can try these: http://amzn.to/2l9q4YY or these http://amzn.to/2lwFRlI (affilate links). I hope this helps!!
You did a great job on your video. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you SO much, Kathryn. That really means a lot to me and thank you for watching!
i loved making this for our granddaughter. Thanks for posting videos along with the directions, made this so easy.
I’m so glad you enjoyed making them! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment!
So very sick of people posting crafts on fb that you can’t open to actually get directions. Why bother wasting our time !
Hi Debbie! What do you mean “you can’t open”? Can you explain and maybe I can help?
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.
Hi Norma! These are the headbands I got at Target http://www.target.com/p/girls-5-pack-headbands-cat-jack/-/A-50851991. If you can’t find them at your local store, you can try these: http://amzn.to/2l9q4YY or these http://amzn.to/2lwFRlI (affilate links). I hope this helps and so glad you like them!!
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!)
Great!! So glad you like them!! Have fun!!
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!!
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!!
I just made this for my daughter this morning and it worked exactly as you instructed. I appreciate you sharing this – such a wonderful craft!
Thank you so much, Sarah! I am so glad it turned out and you both love it!
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 ?
Awe! Sorry you were disappointed, Menana! Our girls loved them!
These are awesome thanks for sharing!!!!!
Thank you, Cynthia!
So easy and they look great a big thank you from glasgow
Thank you, Jacki!
A big thank you from glasgow, yer sum kid, so easy to follow
Great job! Look super easy! I am going to make! Thanks.
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!!
Hi Aimee! Yes! The strips are about 22″ long, so the hair is about 10″-11″ high.
Would you make the hair that long for a 3yr old? Thanks
Yes! I think it would be fine. Remember to keep the larks head knot loose to avoid flopping over.
What would you guess the cost per headband is once it’s all said & done?
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.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THE IDEA! ! LOOKS SUPER CUTE AND FUN
Thank you, Maria!
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!
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.
What a fun, easy project. Great, informative video. Can’t wait to tr it!! Thanks Dinah!
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?
Yes I think so. You may want to make the felt flowers first and pre-cut the tulle and ribbon, but the larks head knot is very easy to do.
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?
Hi Tessa! Did you try all the tips above to keep it from flopping? Let me know.
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.
Great! So glad you like them! I hope she has a wonderful birthday!
Help…I need 9 of these for tomorrow and they keep flopping.
Oh no! Try loosening the knots and spraying starch on them.