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How to Make a Headdress

Updated March 23, 2017

Headdress making is a fun craft that anyone can enjoy. You can use whatever material you desire for your headband and headdress. A headdress can be used for parties, birthdays and special holidays such as, Thanksgiving and New Year. Headdresses can also be used to keep hair tidy, as a fashion statement, or as a costume for a dance outfit.

Wrap measuring tape around your head to measure the size of your head. Mark the measurement on the fabric or wallpaper with a pencil. This will be your measurement size for the length of the headband. Then, measure three inches in width and mark this measurement on your fabric or wallpaper, also, with a pencil.

Cut the piece of wallpaper or fabric according to your markings. For wallpaper, staple the edges of the wallpaper together to create the headband. For fabric, use fabric glue such as Aleene's No Sew Fabric Glue or Fabri-Tac to mend the edges together. You can get fabric glue at your local craft store, such as Michael's Crafts.

Fold the crease in the headband to push it down on the table. Pull out your crayons and colouring pens to decorate your paper headband. For fabric, you may want to use fabric paint. Create shapes, animals or whatever design, of your choice, all around the headband.

Add embellishments and other decorative items to create your headdress. Glue a variety of feathers around the inside of your headband. Use different colour feathers and sizes. Glue small beads around your headband and add stickers. Once you're done decorating, allow your headdress to dry for 20 to 30 minutes. For fabric, allow the headdress to dry in one to two hours. You can purchase feathers and beads at your local craft store or second hand shop.

Things You'll Need

  • Solid-colour wallpaper
  • Solid-colour fabric
  • Stapler
  • Colouring pens
  • Crayons
  • Paint
  • Fabric glue
  • Embellishments
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Feathers
  • Stickers
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