The 12 Days of Halloween-Part 10-A Day of the Dead Headband and a Freebie!

On the 10th Day of Halloween my true love said to meeee…10 Day of the Dead headband(s), 9 candy wreath(s), 8 dragon eggs, 7 fluffy Halloween pillow(s), 6 Halloween Banner(s), 5 Keep Out sign(s), 4 Jack O’ Lantern, 3 creepy spiders, 2 friendly ghosts…lots of candy in a bag-eeee!

A Day of the Dead costume is likely the cheapest and easiest Halloween costume you can possibly make. For the ladies, any dress will do and for the guys, any suit will do. The secret is in the make up and accessories.

Today I’m going to show you how you can make a Day of the Dead headband for the ladies!

Materials for the Day of the Dead Headband

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The most obvious material of course is a headband.

image-of-headband-for-day-of-the-dead-headband-projectNothing fancy but preferably plastic and wide. You don’t want those wire thin ones because you will need a good base. If you don’t have a headband at home but you have some wire, you can shape the wire into the shape of a headband and wrap some fabric or ribbon around it to give it a little more width.

The next item you will need is artificial flowers.

image-of-purple-flower-for-day-of-the-dead-headband-projectAny flower you like. Roses, Daisies, you pick. Dollar store flowers are more than fine unless you really want to go fancy. I find that the more “cemetery-looking-cheap-artificial” flowers you can get the coolest it looks.

To glue the flowers the best thing and quickest will be a hot glue gun. Anything else and you will need to wait for each flower to dry. That will take hours, not minutes like the glue gun.

Finally, you will need ribbons for the finishing touch. I found some cool Halloween ribbons online. But you can use just about any type you like.

Making the Day of the Dead headband 

You have the choice to wrap the headband with a ribbon before you start but I think if you do that you will have a headache by the end of the night. Those headbands are already tight as they are and adding a ribbon will make it even tighter.

If you’re worried that the headband will show, don’t! There will be so many flowers on it that there’s not way anyone will see under them.

The first thing you want to do is push any leaves that come with the flowers up (closer to the base of the flower).

Then cut the flowers at the stem leaving about 1/2 in of wire. Bend the stem with pliers. This will give you some surface to glue the flower.

Hold the headband firmly and apply a small glob of hot glue just about 3 inches from the tip of the headband.

image-of-flower-for-the-day-of-the-dead-headband-project-hot-glue-gun-the-first-flowerPlace the first flower and hold until the glue is dry (about 30 secs to 1 minute).

image-of-flowers-staggered-for-day-of-the-dead-headband-projectStagger the flowers: one forward and one backward so you can cover the front and back of the headband. Space each flower at about 1 to 2 inches apart depending on the size of the flowers you chose.

Placement of the flowers on the headband

I started with all the purple flowers first. Then I added the black flowers later. You can apply the flowers however you like. You don’t have to start with one color then the next like I did. The reason I chose to do it this way was because I wanted to have some control on how the colors go together and how much of each color I wanted.

After the purple flowers were glued I started placing the black flowers.

image-of-day-of-the-dead-headband-project-with-black-flowersIf you find some blank spots that need a little something to add more volume, get one of the left over leaves from the flowers you cut and hot glue them to the band in the area you want to cover.

image-of-day-of-the-dead-headband-with-black-flowers-in-placeThe Day of the Dead headband is looking good already!

Adding some extra sauce to the Day of the Dead Headband

What makes the Day of the Dead theme so cool is that it has a touch of glamour but in a creepy-licious way. So the next step and the finishing touch on our Day of the Dead headband is applying the ribbons.

day-of-the-dead-headband-image-of-ribbonsI chose 3 different types of ribbons and of various widths and I cut 2 sets of three ribbons at about the same size (in this case about 12 inches long).

Place the thickest ribbon first and then hot glue the medium sized ribbon on top of it and then the thinnest one. To glue them together just put a drop of hot glue at the tip of the ribbon.

image-of-day-of-the-dead-headband-project-hot-gluing-the-ribbonsOnce the glue on each set of ribbons is dried apply a dab of glue to the headband right under the first flower on each end. That’s it!

Your Day of the Dead headband!


How do you like my model? Isn’t this “Calavera” the coolest thing?!

Notice the extra cherry on top with the little skull added to the headband?


Here it is a little closer! You can also add spiders and other creepy insects to the headband.

Completing the costume

Find a dress matching the colors of the flowers you chose and your costume is ready. You can also wear a long skirt and a puffy blouse for an authentic Day of the Dead costume.

Here are some Day of the Dead headbands in different colors and flowers.



Now, no Day of the Dead costume is ready without the make up!

Remember, I mentioned a freebie in the title of my post?

Guess what?!

By clicking the link below you will be getting a template for a Day of the Dead make up! Enjoy!


Join me tomorrow for one another cool Halloween project! I hope you had a good time making this Day of the Dead headband.



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