How to Make a Horned Headdress

Updated November 21, 2016

Renaissance Faires, cosplay events and pagan conventions all give attendees license to wear items rarely seen in the everyday world. In all of these situations, a horned headdress is cute or daring. In fact, vendors at these events often sell horns in dozens of different colours, styles and sizes. However, you don't have to wait for Ren Faire to acquire your very own pair of horns. Creating a horned headdress at home not only keeps some money in your pocket, it ensures you get exactly the pair of horns you envision.

Knead and mould an entire 2-inch square block of white poly clay between your palms. Once it's soft, roll it into a 1-inch diameter, 6-inch long cylinder.

Pick up the cylinder, and press each end down onto your work surface to flatten it.

Cut the clay cylinder in half so that you have two 3-inch long cylinders. Set one of the cylinders aside.

Gently press and pull one end of your remaining cylinder, curving it into a point. If you want a short pair of horns, stop here. If not, you may curl the point into a coil like ram's horns. You may also twist the point into a spiral like a corkscrew. Repeat with the other cylinder.

Push a bamboo skewer through the base of your horn, positioning the skewer on the side of the base corresponding with the tip of the horn. This ensures the points point in toward your hairline or out toward your ears, not to the front or the back.

Bake the horns on a baking tray according to package directions. Each brand of poly clay has slightly different instructions. Read your clay's instructions carefully to avoid soft or burnt horns.

String the horns onto elastic thread, tying knots on either side of each horn to keep it in place. Wear your headdress proudly.


Embellish your headdress with feathers and beads between and on either side of the horns for a little extra embellishment.

Things You'll Need

  • White polymer clay
  • Sharp knife
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Baking tray
  • Elastic thread
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