I’m on a mission to share some of my best tricks with you. Periodically, I will have posts dedicated to sharing tricks that help my world go around. The first of these type of posts was my Tips + Tricks on how How to Take a Toddler to an Arena Event. Today, I am going to share how to make the perfect headband for a newborn.
If you are new here, I shared how to make a DIY Burlap Hair Bow and gave lots of ways to personalize hair bows. If you have a collection of hair bows that you would like to clip to a headband for a new-born, this is the head band to create.
Can you tell what the headband is made up of? It is made from woman’s tights or stretch leggings! I have found that this material is perfect for little newborn’s soft heads. One heartbreaking moment as a mom, is seeing the headband leave a mark on your sweet baby’s head by pressing down to tightly. I came up with this method for my little girl, and I hope you will give it a try.
Simply take a pair of woman’s tights or leggings and cut straight across the leg. I like to create about a 2-3 inch band, so there is plenty of room for the headband to roll up, but it will still be nice and thick for a band look.
Once I have cut my band, I stretch it out on a piece of cardboard to stretch it out a bit. If it becomes too stretched out for your baby’s head, you can always soak it in some water and as it dries it will shrink back up.
Now, you have a headband and you can clip whatever hair bow you want to it! I love all the fun colors that you can get with this technique.
I think I have cut up tights in every color! The good news too, is one pair of tights will make LOTS of headbands. So, get your girl friends each to buy a different color and then you all trade headbands with one another!
These headbands were for my friend Dana. I gave them to her at a little baby shower/craft night I helped host with my friend Erin.
I used these headbands as part of our shower decorations to come up with a hair bow bouquet. It added a nice girly touch to our table decorations.
To create this yourself, simply tape a stick to the back of your headband holder.
Once you have a collection of headband/hair bow flowers, stick them all in a vase or recycled jar like I did. You have a gorgeous bouquet! To see how this vase looked with lots more pictures of our party please refer to my Girl’s Night + Baby Shower post!
Now for some link up fun! Do you have a kid related tip or trick? I would love to read you latest kid related post! Please link one up here, and I will be sure to check it out! Next week, it could be you who is featured!
I love the Lace Hearts that Angela made for her boys to practice some fine motor skills! This is such a great activity, and it is right in time for Valentines Day!
What a great idea! I just linked up my post, that is a weekly Toddlers & Preschoolers.
This is a great idea! Will definitely make these for a newborn baby girl!
I sure wish I had known this before my little girl was born. How simply amazing!
Just wondering how do you keep the stockings ruffled up or the ends connected to each other after cutting the stockings? Btw I love the idea its adorable
Rachelle, The ends are still connected! Cut the tights across (as if you were wearing the tights and you had an anklet on). Cut the slice that way, so you have a circle 🙂 I hope that helps!! XO, Erica
For how long/how old of a baby will this fit?
Jodie, Its hard to say for certain. Different tights have a different amount of ratio of cotton in them, so more tights have more stretch than others. I would say roughly to around a year old. I hope this helps! XOXO
Do you glue the flowers and appliques to the band or use a clip?
Hey Hayden! I glue the flowers to the clip that way the clip can be clipped to different colored headbands. They will also be able to still be used as your little girl gets older because they can then be clipped to a bigger girl’s size headband. I hope that helps! XOXo
I love this idea! What kind of clips are on the flowers? I have fabric flowers I want to clip on but am not sure which clips to use to attach them. Thanks!
What kind of tights do you use? Where did you get them? I love all of the colors!
Rebecca, It’s been a little while since I made some of these, but I used whatever kind I found on clearance or color I liked in the women’s section at Target! I’m not sure the % of cotton verse spandex etc. I bought a few in different make ups. It will effect the stretch. I found some are better for newborns and some stretch better with time. I would try a few and play around with it till you find what you like! XOXO
Hey, not sure if you are still answering this blog post, but I am trying to make some doll headbands for my neice. Do you think women’s tights will be too big for a doll head (American Girl size), or should I use girls tights?
I think it would be fine! Just cut the band part closer to the ankle on the women’s tights verse the thigh section. It will be smaller. If they ever get stretched out…soak them in water and they dry shrink-ed back up. best of luck! ~Erica
Hey-I cut up some tights, and they started to tear when I stretched them. Am I just using the wrong thickness of tights? All I had was regular nylons.
Can I ask how you made all the hair bows? I love the one on the pink headband (2 gray circles). Thanks!!!
This is a fantastic idea! Will definitely make these for a newborn baby girl!
Thank you! When you do, please share your creation on social media using #spoonfulproject – we love to see how people add their creative twists!