How to Make a French Maid Headpiece

You've seen the outfit: black dress, frilly white apron, feather duster and sometimes a pair of sultry stockings and heels. The basic French maid outfit generally consists of these items, but there are many variations of the costume. One accessory women sometimes add to enhance their French maid look is a headpiece. If your French maid costume did not include a headpiece, you can create one with just a few scraps of fabric and a small headband.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin plastic headband

  • Hot glue gun

  • 1/2-inch-by-30-inch strip black cloth

  • Damp cloth

  • 1 1/2-inch-by-16-inch strip white lace

Step 1

Apply a small dollop of hot glue to the underside of the headband, near where it sits behind the ear. Press one end of the black cloth strip to the glue and hold until it has adhered in place.

Step 2

Apply a thin line of hot glue, about 2 inches long, along the underside of the headband. Wrap the black cloth around the headband, overlapping each time by about 1/8 inch. Wrap as many times as you can along the 2 inches of glue. Using a damp cloth, wipe away any glue that may have oozed out from under the strip.

Step 3

Apply another 2-inch thin line of glue along the bare plastic headband and repeat Step 3 until the whole headband is wrapped in the black cloth. Allow the glue to set.

Step 4

Apply a dollop of hot glue to the underside of one end of the headband. Press and hold one end of the lace strip until it is firmly adhered to the headband. Continue the line of glue along the underside of the headband, pressing the lace onto it as you go. The lace should stick out, so about 1/2 inch of lace is visible along both of the long sides of the headband.


For a smaller headpiece, simply leave several inches of the headband bare on each end and add cloth and lace only to a smaller section of the headband.


Always use caution when working with a hot glue gun.