DIY Flapper Headband for Halloween Flapper Costumes

When it comes to fashion, the Roaring 20s just might be one of last century’s most influential decades. The Prohibition era was all about social change, excess and glamour, which eventually gave us the iconic “Flapper” style. A flapper was fun, bold and liberated. Most importantly, she embodied what it meant to be free. Glitzy and glamorous, she is unapologetic in her indulgence of the finer things in life.  For this week’s tutorial, we will be creating a DIY Flapper headband, inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”.  Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan always looked elegant and gorgeous in her jeweled headpieces.  And with this simple and affordable tutorial, you too can create a similar headpiece, whether it’s for Halloween this year or an upcoming Prohibition-style party. This flapper headpiece is perfect for pairing your fringed dresses with and looks amazing with vintage finger waves. Don’t forget to stick around until the end of the tutorial for some of our costume ideas and suggestions. Now let’s get started!

DIY Flapper Headband - What you will need


What you will need:

Lace or embroidered trim
A decorative brooch or applique
Hot glue gun


DIY Flapper Headband - Step 1


1. Measure the lace trim against your head and cut your ribbon into 2 pieces accordingly. There should be at least 7 inches of material for each piece.


DIY Flapper Headband - Step 2


2. Apply hot glue to the end of the ribbon that you will be attaching to the lace trim.


DIY Flapper Headband - Step 3


3. Press the end of the ribbon to the end of the lace trim and hold it there for 30 seconds or until you know the hot glue has dried. Repeat this step on the other side.


DIY Flapper Headband - Step 4


4. Apply hot glue to your applique. If your applique is made out of metal likes ours is, be really careful not to burn yourself. The hot glue is quick to heat up the metal. Use a generous amount of glue to make sure the lace is able to carry the weight of the applique.


DIY Flapper Headband - Step 5


5. Press the applique to the lace trim and hold it there until it is secured. Feel free to add hot glue to any loose flaps.

DIY Flapper Headband - Step 6


6. Take a feather and apply glue along the thin, plastic band. Try to keep the line of glue as straight as you can.


DIY Flapper Headband - Step 7


7. Press the feather on the back of the lace trim. You want the middle and top of the feather to be visible behind your applique. Apply as many feathers as you would like. We added three :)


DIY Flapper Headband - Step 8


And now you have a glamorous flapper headband! Does this or does this not look beautiful? We think that the sparkling silver applique perfectly complements the bridal-inspired embroidered lace. You can use whichever color pairings you would like, whether you’d rather go for a dark and mysterious look or a vintage, old-fashioned look.


DIY Flapper Headband - FinishedLook


You can wear the crown wherever you want on your head, but we highly recommend wearing just before the hairline. This perfectly showcases the the headband’s decor and looks lovely with both straight or wavy and long or short hair.


DIY Flapper Headband - Side view of the back

DIY Flapper Headband - Back view

DIY Flapper Headband - Front view


Now that you have the perfect flapper headband to wear, you just need the right dress to go along with it. Here are some suggestions from our gorgeous Flapper Costume Collection:

DIY Flapper Headband - Flapper Costume1


DIY Flapper Headband - Flapper Costume2

Ruby Red Hot Flapper Costume

Flapper Headband - Flapper Costume3

Ain’t Misbehavin’

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Bootleg Ginny


This completes our Halloween DIY Tutorial for the week. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make this flapper headband as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it for you. Even though Halloween is still a couple months away, there are so many fun DIY projects you can take on to get ready for the season. Are you considering a flapper costume for this year’s Halloween? Does this diy tutorial make you want to dress up as a flapper? As always, we encourage comments letting us know what you thought of the tutorial and whether or not you will be trying it out. So bust out your fringe, your fishnet pantyhose and shimmy out in style with this Great Gatsby-inspired flapper headband! Check back next week for another fun and flirty DIY tutorial!

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