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Easy Boho Braided Hemp Twine Flower Headband Tutorial

This is an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make a boho braided flower headband out of hemp twine.

This is an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make a boho braided flower headband out of hemp twine.

Make Your Own Headbands

Do you ever wonder where people get their pretty flower headbands that you see at concerts and music festivals around the world? It seems like everywhere you turn at a summer event these days, you see these airy, feminine, bohemian-style headbands.

They look great on anyone, from young children to aging hippies, and from people with pixie haircuts to hair down below their waists.

I love flower headbands. They get you in the mood for a lovely summer show, an afternoon wedding, or even playing around in the garden. They're just fun.

Whatever the occasion, they are incredibly easy to make, taking only about half an hour if you have all of the supplies.

For this piece, I used hemp twine, which has a lovely natural color and texture. Best of all, it's easy to braid. I also used silk flowers that I had on hand. With these items and a glue gun, you're ready.

What sets this one apart from many others is the sliding knot on the back. It allows you to make the headband larger or smaller, simply by gently pulling on the ends.

Here are the supplies you'll need.

Here are the supplies you'll need.

What You'll Need to Make a Twine Flower Headband

  • Various silk flowers
  • Hemp twine - I used this 20lb natural cord and it was perfect
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
Here are three strands of twine.

Here are three strands of twine.

Step 1: Cutting the Twine

Cut three pieces of twine, each one 60″ long. That may seem long, but the braiding really shortens it up.

Get the twine ready to braid.

Get the twine ready to braid.

Step 2: Knotting Off One End

Lining up the three strands equally, tie a knot 20″ in from one end. This will be the starting point of your braid.

Braid the twine.

Braid the twine.

Step 3: Begin Braiding

Make a braid, going down the longer portion of twine, until you reach the point where there are 20″ left of unbraided twine.

Tie a knot at the end of the braid to secure.

You will have a long piece of twine with braiding in the center and two tails at each end, measuring approximately 20" each (see photo below).

Lay the braid flat.

Lay the braid flat.

Step 4: Finish Braiding

Flatten out the braid and gently tug it to straighten it out.

Get your flowers ready for the headband.

Get your flowers ready for the headband.

Step 5: Preparing the Flowers

Most silk flowers heads are attached to the wire stem with a plastic head. It's easy to just pull them off. Discard the wire stems, or keep them for another project.

If the ones you choose don't easily pull off, cut off close to the base of the flower head, leaving about a 1/4 inch stem for easy gluing.

Glue the flowers onto the braid.

Glue the flowers onto the braid.

Step 6: Gluing the Flowers

  • For the gluing process, use a protected surface. I put paper towels on top of a newspaper. Be careful using the glue gun. The glue gets extremely hot.
  • Decide where to place the flowers and, using a glue gun, carefully apply a dollop of glue to the twine where you want the first flower to be.
  • Once the flower is set, add a little bit more glue to the top of the stem just to make sure the flower is secure.
  • Hold the flower for about 20 seconds while the glue sets.
  • Repeat the process with the rest of the flowers.
  • When the glue is cool, but not completely hard, trim off any wisps of glue or sharp glue edges.
  • Set the piece aside to cool completely.
Knot off the ends.

Knot off the ends.

Step 7: Knotting Off the Ends

Tie knots at both ends of the headband, as close to the ends as possible.

Pull tightly to secure the knot.

Start the sliding knot.

Start the sliding knot.

Step 8: Adding the Slip Knot

Adding the sliding knot is a tricky process at first, but once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty smoothly. I have a link to a terrific video that helped me immensely. But if you like still photos, here they are.

  1. On a flat surface, overlap the ends of the headband.
  2. Cut a piece of twine, about 8″ or 9″ long and form a loop on the left side (a). The loop should have a shorter end and a longer one.
  3. In your left hand, hold the headband with the overlapping ends and place the loop of twine on top.

Next:

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  1. Taking the long end of the loop of twine (a), start looping around the headband, repeating it five or six times.
  2. Take the end of the remaining long loop of twine and feed it through all of the loops, coming out the other end.
  3. Pull gently on the two ends of the loop string. One will be on the right of the knot, and the other will be on the left. Use care not to pull too hard or it will be hard to adjust the size of the headband later.

Next:

Finish the sliding knot.

Finish the sliding knot.

  1. Once you've finished pulling the ends of the loop string they need to be knotted.
  2. Form a knot as close as possible to the sliding knot. Tug firmly, then snip the end.
  3. Repeat on the other side.

If you prefer a video tutorial for making the sliding knot, I have included one from Jewelry Tutorial Headquarters below. It demonstrates the process quite well.

Here is the finished headband.

Here is the finished headband.

Step 9: Finishing the Headband

Your headband is ready to wear and can be easily adjusted to fit any head by just gently pulling on the ends.

Here is a finished headband adjusted to fit.

Here is a finished headband adjusted to fit.

It's amazing how different a headband feels with the use of various flowers. The soft pink in the photo below would be perfect for an outdoor wedding or baby shower.

While you can wear any color for any occasion, here are some color/flower ideas to give you some inspiration.

Color/FlowerEvent

Blue

Baby Shower

Pink

Baby Shower/Wedding

White/Off White

Wedding

Wedding Colors

Bridesmaids in a Wedding

Rainbow

PRIDE

Tropical Flowers

Luau

Daffodils/Tulips

Spring Equinox

Mums

Fall Equinox

Earthy Tones

Summer Musical Festivals

Poinsettias

Christmas Party

© 2018 Claudia Porter

Comments

Claudia Porter (author) on July 15, 2018:

Hi Rosie Writes - Hope you are well. Glad you liked this project. These are so fun and easy to make. I'm going to an arts festival next month and thinking the pink one will be perfect.

Audrey Surma from Virginia on July 15, 2018:

This is a really cute headband! Great pictures too!