DIY Halloween Costume: Butterfly Headband

DIY Halloween Costume: Butterfly Headband

Is there a sweet little butterfly/fairy/princess in your life that needs an adorable headband for Halloween?  Keep reading for the easy tutorial (and free printable!) to find out how to get all of this cuteness for yourself!

(PLUS this headband is amazing because it STAYS ON and does not irritate baby – and mine is usually highly irritated by all things headware – practicality and prettiness?  You got it!)

First things first, gather your materials:

Note on the “main color felt”:  The felt I bought for my main color was a “hard” felt, it had some stiffness to it, and it was not as soft and flexible as normal felt.  I got it at my local craft store, and it helps the butterflies retain their shape.  

P.S.  You also need hot glue and pipe cleaners.  (I used silver)

Let’s get started!


1.  Print your butterfly template (download and print the FREE printable here), cut out your sample butterflies, trace them onto your felt, and cut out your felt butterflies.  (you should have one big butterfly, and two smaller butterflies)

Note on the printable: This is my first attempt at this, and I hope it works correctly!  If you have any trouble with the above link, let me know!

2.  Take a pipe cleaner and bend it in half.  Twist the bottom an inch or two.   Then bend the ends down into a circle to create “antennas”.  Repeat three times.

3.  Fold your butterfly in half and crease.  Put a line of hot glue down the crease and place the pipe cleaner in a center.  Hold it for a few seconds to help the butterfly “fold” its wings slightly.  Repeat three times.

4.  Adorn your butterflies as desired.  I used the Pottery Barn Kids Baby Butterfly costume as inspiration.

I also cut a strip of felt and a strip of ric rac to place on the front of my headband.  Taking a strip of the “stiff felt” I used as the main color of my butterflies, I also glued that to the back of my headband for extra strength.

5.  Place a small line of hot glue on the bottom half of your three butterflies and press them onto your headband.  I placed them pretty close together so they would look right on baby’s small head.

I cut the ends of my ribbon so they would be pretty, too.

I added some decoration to the butterflies, and after these few simple steps, my headband was complete.

Then my Baby Butterfly was ready to put on her pretty, poofy costume.

I love the long ribbon streaming from the headband down the back of the costume, it adds that extra touch of whimsicality.  And lucky for my Baby Butterfly, she happened to come upon a lovely Butterfly Fairy while she was in the garden.

And lucky for you, Pottery Barn is offering 20-40% off their treat bags, PLUS free shipping!  Take advantage and get to shopping!

Tomorrow is the last installment of my DIY Halloween costume series – I can’t wait to find out which is your favorite!

In case you missed the first two days, here they are:

DIY Butterfly Fairy Costume

DIY Muscleman Costume

Many thanks to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring this post.

Written by Grace

  • Susan
    Posted at 06:41h, 02 October Reply


    • Grace
      Posted at 09:23h, 03 October Reply

      Susan, thank you! I think so, too. 🙂

  • Courtney Norman
    Posted at 08:17h, 02 October Reply

    So sweet!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 09:24h, 03 October Reply

      Courtney, thanks! They are both pretty sweet…and a little spicy. 😉

  • Katrina Washington
    Posted at 12:07h, 02 October Reply

    You did an awesome job. The girl’s look great!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 09:24h, 03 October Reply

      Katrina, thank you! We had a fun time! xoxo

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