How to organise your headbands

This is a guest post by reader Melissa P

I had been looking for a way to store my daughters headbands when purely by chance while cleaning out my craft supplies and repair basket I discovered that a baby formula tin was the perfect size to hold headbands.  As a bonus the inside of the tin could be used to hold all those other fabric headbands that seem to be multiplying.

Half an hour later, my creation was born (I was too excited to wait for the glue to dry lol).

I am really happy with the finished product… it looks nice sitting on my daughters shelf and it is quick and easy to choose or return a headband.  I am going to make another one for myself when I have another empty tin!

Headband Organiser


  • 1 x Empty Tin  (approx 13cm diameter) with a re-sealable lid and no sharp edges.  I used a Baby Formula tin but similar sizes tins can be found with Sustagen, Coffee, Milk Powder or Milo.
  • A piece of Scrap fabric large enough to cover around tin
  • Spray Adhesive or Craft Glue
  • Washi Tape, Ribbon or Cord


  • Clean inside & outside of tin and let dry.
  •  Measure fabric and cut slightly bigger than tin.
  • Spray tin with adhesive or paint with Glue and wrap fabric around being careful to keep fairly straight and not form any creases. Leave to dry (you could put a layer of wadding under the fabric too).
  • Trim excess fabric from top & bottom of tin to just below the metal rim.
  • Wrap washi tape around the top & bottom edges and the join along the back of the tin to cover the raw edge of the fabric. (Alternatively you could glue ribbon or cording to conceal  the edge).
  • Fill with headbands and put on display to show off your creative style.

How do you organise your headbands?

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Roslyn Woodhouse October 3, 2013 - 3:17 PM

What a fantastic idea! Can I use it for a craft group?

Rowena October 3, 2013 - 3:54 PM

Perfect. I am rescuing my last formula tin out of the recycling as I type! Genius! Baby doesn’t have much hair but her 3yr old sister does, and a lot of headbands!

Katrina October 9, 2013 - 9:13 PM

Perfect timing you managed to save a tin, I think this idea is just brilliant!!

Kirsty October 3, 2013 - 3:57 PM

I love this too! This is the best idea I’ve seen that will work for my daughter. All her hairties and hairclips will also fit inside the tin too! Soooo excited about seeing this.

Kirsty October 3, 2013 - 3:58 PM

Now just to think of someone who buys baby formula!

Rebecca October 3, 2013 - 5:22 PM

I use a brushed steel wine bucket (like they would use in a cafe – all the decoration comes from the headbands!

Carmen January 30, 2014 - 8:26 PM

You can also use old Milo tins.

Venita Martin July 11, 2014 - 3:39 AM

Love the idea! Just what I was looking for….Thank you

Krissy October 23, 2014 - 11:50 AM

My kids are off formula now but a large Milo tin would also work!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 1:52 PM

Yes great idea Krissy!

Katharina October 23, 2014 - 12:39 PM

awesome idea!!! Will do this as a craft project with my 5yo daughter!
So in love with your site Kat! Only just found it… In time for the 20 day cleaning challenge, which I just started bit later 🙂 never been more excited about being a mum & house wife 🙂 Keep the ideas coming ladies!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 23, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Ooh how lovely Katharina! Welcome to the group.:)

Kirra October 22, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Great idea! I was just about to chuck out my last tin! This will look great in my girls room when i sort it next week in the challange 🙂

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