This weaving technique may seem difficult at first, but once you learn it, muscle memory takes over and the weaving goes much faster. If you mess up in your first attempts, you can always pull the loops out and start over.
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up, with optional adult supervision for hot glue gun
Things you’ll need:
Black Plastic Headband
1/4 ” Mint green ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Things to do:
1. Cut a 4 1/2 yard length of ribbon. Fold the length of ribbon in half lengthwise, then form a loop at the top of the ribbon by crossing the left side over the right. Hold onto the loop with your fingers.
2. With the other hand, grab the piece of ribbon that runs under the bottom of the loop. Form a new loop to the left of the first loop.
3. Insert the loop into the first loop you made.
4. Pull the ribbon on the right to tighten the loop. Hang onto the right side ribbon.
Tip: When you pull to tighten the ribbon, don’t pull so hard that the ribbon bunches up. Just pull gently until the ribbon rests around the loop.
5. Using the right side of the ribbon that you’re still holding onto, form a loop.
6. Insert the new loop into the previous loop. Pull on the left ribbon to tighten the new loop around the ribbon. Hang onto the left side ribbon.
7. Using the left side of the ribbon that you’re still holding onto, form a loop.
8. Insert the new loop into the previous loop.
9. Pull the ribbon to the right to tighten the loop. Hang onto the right side ribbon.
10. Using the right side ribbon, form a loop.
11. Insert the new loop into the previous loop.
12. Pull the ribbon to the left to tighten the loop.
13. Repeat steps 7-12 until you have a 14″ braid, or a braid that’s the same length as your headband.
14. To secure the braid, pull the end of the ribbon opposite the last loop you made through the loop.
15. Add a dab of hot glue to secure it, then trim the ribbon as close to the weaving as you can.
16. Flip the woven ribbon to the other side. Add a dab of hot glue to secure it, then cut the ribbon close to the weaving.
17. Using a hot glue gun, glue the ribbon to the headband a few inches at a time, centering the weaving on the headband.