Five Ways to Use a Headband in Cosplay


Headbands aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, but they’re close to being that affordable. You can get them at the dollar store, grocery and department stores, beauty supply stores, craft shops – you get the idea. They’re readily available in different colors, materials, and widths. If you’re like me, you probably already have a few that you never wear stashed in your bathroom cupboard. Besides the fact that you can use them for wig styling in cosplay, they’re great to incorporate in other pieces of your costume. Here are five suggestions on how to use a headband in a costume:

Armor enhancement – Headbands are curved in a such a way that they fit almost perfectly on top of your shoulders. If you’re making a costume with armor, you can add plastic headbands to your base of craft foam or Worbla before you paint it. You could use one or several to add depth and texture. You could also wrap headbands around thigh or calf armor.

geordi la forge

Become Geordi La Forge – If you watched Star Trek: The Next Generation as a child and had access to a headband, chances are good that you put it over your eyes and pretended to be Geordi La Forge. You can take that concept to the next level and build a visor from the headband base. You’ll have to cut small slits so you can see, and you can use craft foam or even card stock to build up the rest of the accessory.

Circlet – Thin headbands made from plastic or fabric can be turned into regal circlets with a little reshaping and paint. Don’t wear a headband around your forehead if it has teeth or is too tight though! To get a looser fit, you can cut off the ends that grip your head, drill a small hole in each end, and add ribbon so you can tie the circlet around the back of your head. Paint it with silver or gold, add faux gem or pearl cabochons, and dress it up whichever way you’d like.

pony ears

Image via Cookie Fairy Nerd.

All about the ears – Many characters have ears or unicorn horns and attaching those items to a headband is one of the most secure ways to wear them. For example, if you want to be a My Little Pony, you can fashion the ears from felt and glue or sew them around a headband. It would be cute and simple to pull that costume together in a hurry. The same technique would apply if you wanted to make Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears.

Basket handle – You can transform any small, cool container into a basket by gluing on a headband to make a handle. The bowl or dish would have to be lightweight enough for a plastic headband to stay attached, and you couldn’t fill it with heavy items. Though that sounds limiting, you could add a headband to a plastic Tupperware type container and paint it to look like metal – it could be a great base for a steampunk accessory. Alternately, you could go pastel to match an anime costume. The basket could be part of the cosplay or just a matching piece to carry some basic necessities like your ID, a card, and cash.

How would you use a headband in cosplay?

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.