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How to make a Roman wreath headband

If you are holding a toga party or going as a Roman emperor or empress for Halloween, you will need a wreath headband to top off your costume. Use Laurel leaves, or leaves that look similar, to make the headband as historically accurate as possible. Laurel is an ancient symbol of victory, worn by military leaders and later by the emperors. The leaves you use for the wreath can be real or made of fabric.

Cut a piece of 14 gauge wire to about 60 cm (2 feet). Bend it into a horseshoe shape to get the basic shape and place it horizontally on your head, with the open part of the horseshoe facing forward.

Adjust the size so that it fits your head snugly. Trim the excess wire sticking out from the front with a pair of wire cutters so that you have about extra 5 cm (2 inches) on each side. Bend the 5 cm (2 inches) of wire back on itself with pliers to eliminate the pointed ends. Remove the wire from your head.

Wrap the wire all the way around with green florist tape to camouflage the wire and make the headband softer so it won't catch on your hair.

Tape the stems of real or fake leaves to the wrapped wire with the green tape. Start from the front of one side and layer each new leaf over the stem of the last one to hide it. Attach the leaves so that they point toward your face until you get to the middle of the back of the wire. Then attach leaves pointing in the opposite direction until you reach the end of the other side of the headband.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire
  • Measuring tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Florists tape
  • Laurel leaves or flowers
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Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.