DIY Rhinestone Trim Headband


If you are looking to make a gorgeous fashion-forward headband, then this is the DIY tutorial for you. These sparkly rhinestone trim headbands are made of our wholesale crystal or pearl trim and won’t break the bank as they are very inexpensive when made from your own home. These headbands are absolutely breathtaking and make wonderful hair accessories for prom up-dos, weddings, formal events, dance teams, or even just to dress up an every day outfit for a night on the town with some bling!

Depending on the type of rhinestone trim purchased, out of the eight available options, there are different ways of creating a DIY headband. This three step crystal rhinestone trim headband tutorial will show you two of the most common ways our trim can be made into an easy-to-make trendy and elegant headband. Since the trim does NOT stretch, you must add a section of elastic to it in order to get it both on and off the head as well as make it fit snug and properly.

DIY Rhinestone Headband diamond headband for girls

Supplies needed:

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Step 1

Depending on how much of the rhinestone trim you want showing around your head, you may or may not need to cut the trim down. To save on using all 18 inches of trim, you may want to cut down the rhinestone trim down to fit on your head just from ear to ear. Using a cutting tool, such as a jewelry snipper, cut your trim down to the length needed. Or you can go ahead and use all 18 inches! (The photo below shows an approximate placing on the head using the entire amount of rhinestone trim.)

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For the tear drop rhinestone trim, we cut it down to 12 inches to show you how it still fits all the way to your ears and the elastic can be hidden when the hair is worn down or styled in an up-do to hide it. Twelve inches down to 9 inches is the perfect amount for smaller children as the entire 18 inches will not be needed to fit on a toddler’s head.

DIY Rhinestone Trim Headband

Step 2

Measure the amount of elastic needed to complete the headband circle. Cut the elastic about 2 inches short (up to 3 inches off, if you are not looping the elastic through any opening in trim) of that number, as the elastic stretches. This will ensure that the DIY rhinestone headband will fit secure on the head without being too tight or too loose. Then, to make sure the ends of elastic don’t fray – lightly singe the ends with a lighter. Be careful not to burn the elastic though!

DIY Rhinestone Trim Headband

Step 3

Depending on the type of trim purchased for your rhinestone trim headband, you will either want to loop the end of elastic through the opening or you will want to directly attach the trim to the elastic.

Any of our trim that has a hole in it, such as the tear drop, double bubble or eye of the diamond, work great for looping the elastic through first (if you cut the trim down, you must remember to keep the opening closed for you to be able to loop through it). And then hot glue the end of the elastic to the other part of elastic that went in right before the opening, creating a loop in the elastic around the trim. You will do this on both sides of the trim to complete the circular headband, overlapping approximately 1/4th inch to 1/2 inch.

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You could also make the two ends of elastic meet in the middle, as a complete loop like shown in the two photos below, and use a metal crimp so that your two separate ends remain connected yet unseen! This way would give you just a bit more of a finished feeling and a completed look. If you completed your fancy DIY girl’s headband this way – you will need a bit more elastic. And unfortunately, we do not currently carry these crimps in our shop but you should be able to find them at most any craft store. You can see in below how both our quarter inch and our skinny elastic work with these metal crimps. Either way you choose to loop your headband works great as you rarely see the back of this DIY crystal rhinestone headband anyway since it is behind the ears and under hair too!

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If you cannot fit our 1/4th inch elastic or our skinny 1/8th inch elastic through a small loop found in your rhinestone trim, you can just use a dab of glue onto the back of the largest, flattest portion of the trim. Directly attach the 1/4 inch elastic ends to each end of the rhinestone trim to complete the headband. Do this for both sides of the elastic/trim so that your headband becomes an enclosed circle. You may also top it with a portion of a felt circle for extra support if you deem that is needed. Regular hot glue seemed to be of enough strength to hold the two ends together and be worn comfortably for days and days, but you could also use a heavier glue such as E6000 if necessary. Just make sure to let that set and cure for at least 24 hours before wearing.

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As you can see, the amount of flat stretch elastic needed, greatly depends upon what length of rhinestone trim you choose to use as well as the size of the individual’s head that will be wearing the gorgeous headpiece.

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rhinestone headband for girlsWe hope you enjoy your beautiful DIY rhinestone headband for whatever occasion! These crystal headbands also make great gifts for bridal parties, flower girls, teen girls at birthdays, or for a graduation gift to that special girl you know who loves a little sparkle in her life. These beautiful rhinestone hair accessories are great for any age – babies through adult women too. AND we have recently got in a wide array of many new craft trim styles including beaded trim, floral trim, pearl trim, rhinestone applique trim, and other fabric trim in which you could make more headbands in much the same way as this DIY girl’s headband tutorial showed.

Did you know that these crystal rhinestone headbands can also be bought pre-made from our shop? No need to fuss with your own elastic, hot glue, sewing machine, or anything for that matter – as you can buy these already completed for you! Just pop on the boutique stretch headband onto your head and off you go to your special occasion while looking great!



  1. Would it not be more secure to sew the elastic instead of gluing it? And if I wanted it more secure for the trim that doesn’t wrap what would you suggest?

    • Yes, sewing of course, is always an option and that would be as secure as well. We have never had a problem using hot glue or E6000 as long as you let it set and dry before wearing the headband. Hot glue is what we use in most all of our designs and finished products.

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