Peppermint Swirl Headband

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This sweet Candy Cane-inspired Headband is the perfect Christmas accessory and is simple enough for kids to make themselves!

Peppermint Swirl Headband - a Candy Cane Craft for kids that's a super cute addition to a kids' Christmas outfit

I had the hardest time finding cute Christmas accessories this year!

While I’m all for light-up necklaces and mini-antler barrettes, a girl’s gotta have some cute yet sensible accessories to wear to all of her holiday events.

We finally took matters into our own hands and decided to make our own hair accessories – and the results were pretty darn cute!

We used a pre-wrapped headband for this since I wanted Ella to be able to successfully complete this craft independently, but you can use a plain headband and wrap with a striped ribbon – or use a red or white headband and let the homemade “peppermint twist” give it a bit of personality.

This DIY Peppermint Twist headband is simple and easy enough for young girls to make themselves and would be a great low-key craft for a Christmas party. Ella wants to make a bunch more for her class’s craft sale – and at less than $1 each to make, I might just let her!

Materials for a Peppermint Swirl Headband

  • Headband
  • Red and white striped ribbon
  • Red and white baking twine
  • Wooden disc
  • Glue *we used both school glue and hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Small piece of felt, optional

Tip: you can pre-purchase a red and white striped headband to make it easier on younger crafters.

How to Make a Candy Cane Headband

If you’re not using a pre-wrapped headband, attach a striped ribbon to the edge of the headband with a dab of glue and wrap tightly around, adding dabs of glue as you go. Wipe off any glue that may touch your hair.

Have an adult add a dab of hot glue to the center of the wooden disc and attach the end of the baking twine to it.

Let the glue dry completely, then add a few drops of glue just around the center glue dot.

Wind the twine around the glue dot, shaping it into a circle. Continue to add more layers of the circle, and glue to the wooden disc to hold the twine in place. (Look at the picture for reference.)

Continue winding the twine until it covers the surface of the wooden disc. We also glued the twine onto the edge of the disc. Trim the twine and let the glue fully dry.

Attach the wooden disc to the headband with a dab of hot glue. For a bit of extra security, we also cut a small rectangle of felt and hot glued it to the back of the disc with the headband in the center of the felt strip.

Let the glue fully dry before wearing.

 

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Peppermint Swirl Headband

Peppermint Swirl Headband

Ingredients

  • Headband
  • Red and white striped ribbon
  • Red and white baking twine
  • Wooden disc
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. If you're not using a pre-wrapped headband, attach a striped ribbon to the edge of the headband with a dab of glue and wrap tightly around, adding dabs of glue as you go. Wipe off any glue that may touch your hair.
  2. Have an adult add a dab of hot glue to the center of the wooden disc and attach the end of the baking twine to it.
  3. Let the glue dry completely, then add a few drops of glue just around the center glue dot.
  4. Wind the twine around the glue dot, shaping it into a circle. Continue to add more layers of the circle, and glue to the wooden disc to hold the twine in place. (Look at the picture for reference.)
  5. Continue winding the twine until it covers the surface of the wooden disc. We also glued the twine onto the edge of the disc. Trim the twine and let the glue fully dry.
  6. Attach the wooden disc to the headband with a dab of hot glue. For a bit of extra security, we also cut a small rectangle of felt and hot glued it to the back of the disc with the headband in the center of the felt strip.
  7. Let the glue fully dry before wearing.

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This Easy Candy Cane Headband Craft was one of my daughter’s favorite crafts this season and makes a cute addition to their Christmas outfit – or can add a bit of festivity to a plain outfit. 

For more fun Christmas crafts, check out our Kid-made Peppermint Swirl Sugar Scrub or our Kid-Sewn Angel Finger Puppet.

Peppermint Swirl Sugar Scrub

Angel Finger Puppet

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