How to Do a Feather Mohawk

Written by jeffery keilholtz
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Feather Mohawks are headdresses historically fashioned by Native Americans. Mohawks went in and out of style -- as do modern fashion trends -- and were displayed during ceremonies, war and for other countless reasons. Creating a feather Mohawk is a straightforward process requiring patience and creativity. Once completed, you can wear your Mohawk to a costume event or use it for a school play.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Black wig
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Cardboard
  • Paint brush
  • Black paint
  • Soft foam
  • Hot glue
  • Synthetic feathers

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  1. 1

    Select a synthetic wig to wear as the centre hairpiece to which your Mohawk will be attached. Choose a brown or black wig, depending on the colours of your synthetic Mohawk feathers.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the wig straight back from the brow to the neck. Cut a 1/2-inch piece of cardboard to these dimensions and paint the cardboard black, or whatever colour matches the synthetic wig. Attach the cardboard with hot glue to the surface of the wig.

  3. 3

    Measure and cut a strip of 1/2-inch-wide soft foam to the length of the cardboard piece. Glue the soft foam atop the cardboard. The foam will act as the device to which feathers will attach. The soft foam is malleable enough to curve and bend while on your head, and sturdy enough to hold feathers in place.

  4. 4

    Cut and glue feathers in a vertical position on the wig -- on both sides of the foam strip -- from top to bottom. Use feathers of various colours, lengths and width to add visual appeal. Layer the inner portion of the feathers on the right side of the wig with glue. Press the right side feathers together with the inner portion of the left side feathers so they adhere to create an upright Mohawk look.

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