DIY: Knotted Headband – Your new favorite fall accessory

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A woman with black hair wearing a white knotted headbandAre you guys gearing your closet up for fall weather? If you’re like me, you are just waiting for the cold front to strike so you can whip out outfits you’ve been creating in your mind while you are supposed to be concentrating on other things – like school and work and oh, did I forget to pick up the kids?

Today I have an easy DIY to spice up your fall wardrobe. As many of you know, knotted headbands were recently popularized by Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl. Even if you are not a pop culture fanatic, you may have heard of Blair’s delightful headgear. Her headbands made that much of a splash.

Knots are generally associated with a nautical theme and thus, heavily utilized in the spring and summer. However, I fully believe the knot headband can make it into your fall and winter wardrobe with a bit of tweaking.

Today I will show you the most basic technique for creating your very own knotted headband. You can build upon this basic headband with your individual creativity (and supplies!) photos: katie g. we heart this


Supplies or tools in creating a knotted headband

• rope or cord (I bought mine from Hobby Lobby – an entire spool for .99!)
• a flame or tape (to finish the ends of your rope)
• glue gun
• scissors
• ponytail holder
• dye

Step 1: Cut your rope an appropriate length. I started with 3 feet and then cut the extra off. You could probably work with 2 feet, depending on the size of your knot and your head.

burned ends of the rope with pink lighter

Finish your rope ends by holding them over a flame, hot gluing them a bit, or taping them – they’re all good options.

White knot on the white tableStep 2: Time to create the knot, the focal point of your headband.

This may look complicated at first, but if you follow the photographed steps exactly, you will quickly see how easy it is. I bet you could make it without looking the second time!

A) Double up your rope and then fold in half, as shown in the first photo.

B) Bring the side closest to you (with two loose ends) over the looped side.

C) Bring that same side (loose ends) back under the looped side.

D) Pull the same side (loose ends) through the big loop.

E) Tug on your knot to position it where you want it on the headband. Flatten the knot out a bit so it doesn’t just look like a plain knot.

The main work is done!

Step 3 (Optional): You only need to do this step if you want to add variety to your headband. If you put the knot in the middle of your headband and you like it, skip to Step 5.

A person using a scissor cutting the white knot

I wanted to have thick rope on one side of the headband and thin on the other to make it more interesting. Cut the rope ends just after your knot. Fold over to the back of the knot and glue down.

a person applying glue on white knot

Step 4: Loop your other rope (thin rope, in my case) through the rope that you just glued down and knot it.

white main knot

This should all be on the back of the main knot.

Step 5: You can just tie your strands at the base of your neck, if you like. But if you want a more finished look, use an elastic ponytail holder.

glued elastic ponytail holder in between ends of each rope

Cut your rope a bit too short, then create a loop at the end of each rope. Place an elastic ponytail holder through the loops and glue down. If you want, put a little ribbon over the folded down part for a more professional look.


a white twisted rope string tied knot

Now, here are a few more options for you if you’re really feeling creative. This is the part that can really take the knotted look from summer to fall.

1. Dye or tea-dye your rope if it is plain white. A nice brown or cream is perfect for fall.
2. Use two or more different types of rope to make your knot more complex. I used thick and thin, following the same instructions.
3. Use fancy rope – metallics are good for any season!
4. Cut ends short for a bracelet. Or long for a belt.
5. Add sequins or a pretty brooch to your knot to dress it up.


  • Katie

    Frugal. Jewelry maker. Hard worker. Creative crafter. Coca-cola addict. Reader. Curly-haired. Over-analytical. Open-minded.


  1. Wow, @katieg, this is adorable and you make it look so easy! I’m going to give it a try!

    Coincidentally, my friend and wht contributor @glamazon56 brought me a purse from France that has this same rope trim. I’m going to stride right into fall sporting your headband and her purse!

  2. @katieg You are so creative. WOW! I love the idea of making headbands and customizing them into my wardrobe. This was a great post. Thanks for sharing your fab idea!

  3. @katieg, I am in awe of your creativity and ‘Marthaesque’ craftiness! Great informative post!
    @Turboterp- it DOES look like the bag! I am clearly ahead of my time! he he he!

  4. @Katieg that’s adorable! I think I’m going to make one now so I don’t forget how to do it before my hair grows back out!
    I love how rope has that great summery nautical look that can translate so easily into other seasons. I imagine white for summer and a great tea dyed version for fall… So pretty!

  5. I love the knotted headband! Thank you @katieg! You are such a creative lady. I must make one of these! So nautical, so cute!!

  6. This is super cute, @katieg! I love how you are incorporating nautical into fall/winter. Great job :)

  7. You got me thinking about making on eof these too, @katieg! I really like the idea of diy stuff more than ever..You sure are good it too. How adorable and you make it look so easy!

  8. aww, you ladies are so nice! Your compliments made my day! Glad everyone liked this. :)

  9. @katieg – this is super adorable! And looks especially good with your curls. Well done.

  10. @stef – headbands always look so great with curls – that must be part of the reason I subjected my poor fine straight hair to perms in my childhood.

    Love this craft @katieg – again it’s one I could actually do – and want to do. I love my headbands for washing my face and keeping my bangs off my forehead in the evening. I need to make a fancy headband for my nightly beauty rituals!

  11. looks really good.. I think i’ll try it.. and then maybe wear it in college.. thanks for sharing.. :)

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