How to Make a Greek Headband

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How to Make a Greek Headband
The headband is the crowning piece of any Greek costume. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

In ancient Greece, hair was considered a symbol of strength and beauty. Women started to use decorative metal headbands to further adorn their greatest accessory. Men also wore headwear with branch wreaths or gold ornamentation to signify high honours. The Greek headband is an essential accessory for a Greek costume. It is also a look that is becoming fashionable, in moderation. With the right materials and by following a few simple steps, you can quickly create a customised Greek headband.

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Things you need

  • Elastic headband
  • Fake leaves
  • Gold or silver spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Spread newspaper on the surface you will be using to work. Spray paint the leaves with gold or silver spray paint and allow to dry. Add a second coat and allow to dry before moving on to the next step.

    How to Make a Greek Headband
    Fake leaves are inexpensive in craft stores and can be bought in different types and sizes. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  2. 2

    Pin the leaves to the thin-to-medium-sized elastic headband. Try the headband on the wearer to see if it looks right. Make adjustments at this point until you are happy with the placement. You may also want to glue the leaves in place before you sew, but this is not necessary. If you do use glue, be sure not to glue the pins to the headband. The leaves should either be pinned all the way around the band facing the same way or halfway around the back and sides of the head, with the tips of the leaves pointing toward the face. This will depend on what style of headband you'd like to create, a full leaved style or if you want the leaves to just show on the sides of the head from the front.

    How to Make a Greek Headband
    If you are using large leaves, you will need less of them on your headband. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Use a whip stitch to secure the leaves onto the headband with matching thread. Continue to stitch until completely secure. This may take significant stitching depending on the size and weight of the leaves. Take pins out as you stitch.

    How to Make a Greek Headband
    You may also choose to stitch leaves along the whole headband instead of just the sides. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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