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DIY Handmade Christmas Mistletoe Headband

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Considering a headband for ugly Christmas sweater party? This DIY handmade Christmas mistletoe headband pairs with a Christmas sweater perfectly! It is made with felt and ribbon and you can cut with scissors or Cricut.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 headband


For the headband 

  • 1 inch headband 
  • ⅜” Ribbon , (used green, green and white), cut 40” inches in length  (white can be cut to 80”) 
  • Hot glue + hot glue gun 
  • Lighter 
  • Alligator Clip 
  • Felt (I used 100% Polyester in these colours from Michael’s): , Kelly Green 9”x12” - 2  Pirate 9”x12” - 1 Apple Green 9”x12” - 1 
  • 1 Red Bow 
  • Pipe cleaners (1 white and 1 green) 
  • White pom pom’s ⅜ inch 
  • Transfer tape (optional) 
  • Wax Paper (optional) 
  • Aleene's Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Adhesive 
  • Mistletoe SVG / PDF , downlooad in post
  • Paper scissors and sharp fabric scissors  OR Cricut Maker 
  • Rotary Blade 
  • Standard Grip Mat* (see FAQ’s) 


Numbered Instructions: Headband 

  • Cut four ribbons at 40” in length (I used green, green and two lengths of white). 
  • Seal the ends using a lighter. 
  • Glue two lengths of ribbon together at ends, overlapping by approx .25”. (I used white and white together, and green and light green together.) 
  • Glue the middle of the ribbons together to make an “X” shape. 
  • Glue the middle of the “X” to the inside end of the headband (still forming an X when looking at the tip of the headband.) 
  • Take the top right ribbon and bring it across the front of the headband. 
  • Take the top left ribbon and bring it across the front of the headband and then bring it back around across the back. 
  • Take the remaining single ribbon and weave it across so all ribbons are on the same side.  
  • Lift up the top-most ribbon out of the way to bring the ribbon below that across the front. 
  • Take the ribbon that was out of the way and weave it between the two remaining ribbons and around/behind to the other side. You should have two ribbons on each side. 
  • Starting with the ribbon that is the last one you brought over, weave it over and across the front to the left. 
  • Repeat starting with step 8 until you run out of headband. 
  • Clip the ribbons in place using an alligator clip as you work along the headband.  
  • When you get to the end leave ½ of ribbon to glue onto the end and trim any excess. 
  • (See instructions about cutting leaves in sweater post). 
  • Cut 1 large leaf, 1 medium leaf and 1 small leaf all at 2 inches smaller than original size. 
  • Layer the set of leaves together and glue using fabric glue or hot glue gun. 
  • Glue on white pom poms.  
  • Glue on ribbon. 
  • Twist two pipe cleaners together. 
  • Glue leaves onto one end of pipe cleaners. 
  • Twist the other end of the pipe cleaners around the top middle of the headband and use hot glue at a low setting to adhere. 
  • Bend pipe cleaners with mistletoe a bit forward. 
  • Accessorize and party!  


  • What are some tips and tricks with fabric glue? 
  • Apply a drop to the felt and then press onto fabric, holding with pins or masking tape until set. 
  • Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. 
  • How can I wash the sweater? 
  • Turn inside out, wash on gentle cycle; dry in a low temp dryer or lay flat to dry. 
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