My girls absolutely love their American Girl WellieWishers. They dress them up, have tea parties, and go on backyard adventures. My girls also enjoy doing crafts. We made some very easy DIY headbands for our WellieWishers dolls Ashlyn and Camille. These pretty headbands can be customized with rhinestones, flowers and bows. Learn how to make WellieWishers headbands using elastic, a hot glue gun and decorative accents.
Accessorizing your doll is an easy way to add color to any outfit. Rhinestone headbands add a little bit of sparkle! You can make these headbands in any color and combination of pretty accents.
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DIY Doll Elastic Headbands
You can design these fun DIY elastic headbands for any doll!
Doll Headband Materials
- colorful fold-over elastic
- rhinestones or other decorative accents
- silk flower
- hot glue gun
To make your own doll headbands, first measure around the doll’s head using a small tape measure or a string. Use the measurement to cut a piece of elastic long enough to fit snugly around the doll’s head.
For our WellieWishers Ashlyn and Camille dolls, we used 10″ lengths of elastic.
Next, glue the elastic ends together using a dot of hot glue.
Decorate Your Doll Headbands
Gather some rhinestones or decorative accents and plan your headband design. You can use sequins, silk flowers, beads and small bows. To make a rhinestone doll headband, apply 1 dot of hot glue at a time onto the elastic, firmly pressing each rhinestone down. If you add too many dots of hot glue all together, some dots may cool before you can stick each rhinestone on.
It’s helpful to use a minimal amount of hot glue so it doesn’t show around the rhinestones. Hot glue also creates hot glue threads, so use it carefully and precisely to avoid getting unwanted glue on your doll headband.
Instead of rhinestones, you can also glue on a flat silk flower.
Using this process, you can create any variety of rhinestone and flower DIY doll headbands. We picked out bright colors to go with some of the modern WellieWishers outfits. However, you can make these headbands to match any style.
I like using hot glue to make doll accessories because I don’t have to wait long for it to dry. Hot glue is especially good for adhering small decorations, trim, silk flowers and rhinestones onto fabric-like materials.
Rhinestone Doll Headbands
Rhinestones are easy to use for decorating these DIY elastic doll headbands. You can choose from a variety of colors and shapes. You only need a dot of hot glue to stick each rhinestone on. Acrylic rhinestones add a colorful touch of sparkle to DIY doll accessories! If you want to get really fancy, try using Swarovski crystal rhinestones to decorate a doll headband.
Flower Doll Headbands
A silk flower is an easy way to add a pop of color to a DIY doll headband. This pink flower on light pink dotted elastic is the perfect accessory for many of the WellieWishers garden outfits. After all, flowers and wellies boots go perfectly together!
American Girl makes so many darling outfits and accessories that are part of the WellieWishers collection. We have many of the WellieWishers dresses and accessories, including this darling purple dance outfit. I love that we can easily make DIY accessories that coordinate with the rest of the WellieWishers’ wardrobe. Our DIY pink silk rose headband is the perfect accessory for Camille, for a show on stage or a party. Best of all, my girls love designing their own accessories for their WellieWishers dolls.
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Use Trim or Decorative Edging
We made this shimmery elastic headband with a strip of aqua fold-over elastic and a bit of green rhinestone embellished trim. You can use any sort of trim or edging you’d like to make these DIY doll headbands. Simply trim the ends neatly and glue the embellishment onto the elastic with hot glue.
Any dress can be made prettier with a glamorous DIY doll headband! We loved how this aqua rhinestone doll headband turned out. The rhinestone trim was already connected together, so it was actually one of the easiest headbands to make. It coordinates perfectly with this darling WellieWishers tea dress embellished with hearts and flowers.
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Which colors would you use to design your own DIY doll headbands? These custom doll accessories are very fun to make! My girls have both enjoyed designing headbands and dressing up their dolls with these homemade doll accessories.
Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, DIY projects, photography, homeschooling my kids, traveling, and serving people. I’ve previously worked as a graphic designer, web designer, journalist and barista. I started Create. Play. Travel. to share some of our creative projects and family adventures. I hope you enjoy the highlights of our creative family life!