Going Batty Halloween Headband

My kids are teenagers now – so I don’t get to do full up costumes for them.

But I wanted to create something that was fun and Halloween-y, without getting too crazy. I came up with the idea to do a cute, fun headband that can be worn to Halloween parties or work – when you want to show off just a little bit of Halloween Spirit!

I love how it came out!

My daughter trying to look all spooky. :)

So here’s what you’ll need to make your own Batty Headband!

  • thin headband
  • 18 gauge wire
  • black glitter felt (the stiff kind)
  • regular black felt
  • black/silver fabric
  • glue gun/glue
  • Black Satin Ribbon
  • Black Tulle and Silver Fringe ribbon

Begin by cutting small Bat shapes out of the stabilized Glitter Felt. You’ll want 7 shapes – these are about 2″ long.

Wrap strands of the 18 gauge wire around the headband, to one side. You’ll want the longest pieces in the center.

Try and flatten the wire to the headband as much as possible – you can use pliers to help with this if you need to.

Once the wire is as flat as you can make it,  cut a small strip of black felt and glue this along the underside of the headband. This will make sure you don’t feel the wire when you’re wearing it.

Starting at one side, glue the end of your black satin ribbon down and begin wrapping it around the headband. Keep wrapping between the wires until they are all covered and you reach the other side.
Glue the other end down.

Now we’re going to get to the fun stuff. Add a little bit of tulle to the headband by cutting pieces and knotting them on between each wire. I didn’t measure how long, just make sure the center pieces are a little taller.

Add in a little lighter trim for some contrast. I had some wired silver fringe, but you could use anything – silver ribbon, rick rack, beaded trim – whatever you have on hand!

Make four rolled fabric flowers – two large and two medium-sized. If you need a tutorial, you can check out my How To Make Flowers page. I have several different flower tutorials there for you to reference.

Glue the fabric flowers along the front of the headband, but not too low so it will still sit on your head.
(I promise the wires are still there – they’re just hard to see in the photo.)

Last up – glue your bats onto the wires with a little hot glue. Cut small strips of regular felt to glue over the top of the wire on the back side. This will help hold them on, and keep it looking nice from the back too!

Isn’t it fun? I love that it’s super eye catching but still cute!

And you can’t go wrong with bats and glitter. It’s like a spooky little Halloween tiara. :)

I hope you like it!

So do you dress up for Halloween? I’d love to know if you have your costume planned yet!

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  • Reply September 27, 2013

    Gail Mitchell

    I love love love this. I’m going to make this for me. See, next month I’m going to Europe on a cruise and on Halloween night, I’ll wear it to the dining room with my formal black fancy outfit. How fun this will this be. Thanks for taking the time to write this up and post. It’s such a sweet design.

  • Reply September 27, 2013


    Awesome! Love the glitter bats idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply October 2, 2014


    Wow I love that, very cool, just a hint of Halloween atop ones head – perfect!

  • Reply October 2, 2014


    I love this and want to make one! Did you free hand cut the bat shapes or did you use a pattern? Thanks so much in advance!

    • October 6, 2014


      Hi Kristin, I’m so glad you like the headband! I drew out the bat shapes ahead of time but you could use any little clip art image that was a good size – whatever is easiest for you!

  • Reply October 11, 2015


    Really fantastic looking and a great technique to use for so many costumes! great to see you on craft schooling sunday, hope you’ll be back again soon!

  • Reply October 12, 2015


    LOVE this. Halloween accessories are so much fun! The glittery bats are the best!

  • Reply October 13, 2015


    My girl is a teen. What a fun (non) costume for that age group! Thanks for the creative idea!

    • October 14, 2015


      I completely agree! This is way too much fun. I would love wearing it to hand out candy. Pinned!

  • Reply October 13, 2015


    What a great looking Halloween decoration, very clever & very stylish.

  • Reply October 13, 2015


    This is so fun. It’s a great way to be festive, without spending a fortune.

  • Reply October 15, 2015


    How fun! Love it!

  • Reply October 15, 2015


    This is awesome! I think I’m going to make one for myself this year and wear it when I take the kids out trick or treating. Great substitute for a costume!

  • Reply October 17, 2015


    What a fun headband!

  • Reply October 22, 2015

    Quinn Caudill

    Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday link party. Hope you join us again tonight..

  • Reply October 22, 2015

    Theresa @DearCreatives

    Adorable. Perfect for passing out candy too. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party! Hope to see you again soon.

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