Turn Your Old Headphones Into Princess Leia Space Bun Headphones With This DIY

When I was researching the cutest Princess Leia-inspired accessories for another article, I was shocked to discover that I couldn't locate a single pair of Princess Leia space bun headphones.

To my dismay, I couldn't even find a DIY to create my own, so I adapted a Star Wars-inspired Leia headband DIY from As the Bunny Hops to make them. Here's how you can make Princess Leia headphones, too.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones DIY materials

You'll need:

  • A big spool of thick medium-brown yarn
  • Scissors
  • A glue gun and glue sticks
  • An old pair of over-ear headphones
  • Thick brown felt

Start by cutting 20 equally sized lengths of yarn—I made them about four feet long, but you can make them longer or shorter depending on the desired thickness of the space buns. Once cut, bundle them into two groups of ten.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones cutting thread

Cut four pieces of thread into two-inch pieces and tightly tie off both ends of each bundle of 10 strings. Make sure that all 10 pieces are secured in the knot.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones yarn tied

Next, use your scissors to tidy up the ends, being careful not to cut anything below your knot.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones yarn cut

Next, using your glue gun, place a dot of glue in the center of your felt and glue down one of the ends. Twist your bundles of yarn to create a braided look use the glue to periodically secure the yarn to the felt in a spiral. Keep the glue toward the inside of the spiral for the neatest look.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones starting glue process

Continue this process until you've created your entire Leia bun and secure the end with more glue, tucking it beneath the previous layer.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones bun glued onto felt

Repeat this entire process to create the second bun. Once dry, use your scissors to carefully cut both buns out of the felt. Cutting the yarn will cause the entire thing to fray, so use caution!

DIY Princess Leia Headphones space buns cut from felt

Before moving on to the next step, put on the headphones and adjust them so they fit perfectly—it's possible that after the next step, you won't be able to adjust them further. Use your brown yarn to snugly wrap around the entire band of the headphones, securing occasionally and at the ends with hot glue.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones wrapping yarn around headphones

Last but not least, use glue to fasten the space buns to the outside of each ear piece and your look will be complete. You can use additional glue and felt to strengthen the internal integrity of the headphones, but make sure not to obscure each ear piece.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones complete

Once completely dried, your headphones will be ready to wear and rock anywhere.

DIY Princess Leia Headphones on mannequin head


Hungry for more Star Wars DIYs after reading this one? Click HERE to find out how to create your own washable R2-D2 mug.