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How to make a carnival headpiece

Updated April 17, 2017

Carnival is a festive season that takes place before the Roman Catholic period of Lent. Carnival is celebrated all over the world under different names, with Mardi Gras remaining recognisable in places where the French have had a cultural influence. Revellers often wear elaborate costumes, including the iconic feather headdresses popular by parade-goers. You can make your own Carnival headdress for a parade, Halloween, or just for fun.

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  1. Turn the visor upside down so that the bill faces upward and toward you. Glue the strip of fabric along the hat band to mask the shape. Tuck any loose ends under the hat band and glue in place for a finished look.

  2. Glue the glitter, beads and sequins onto the front of the bill. You can create a crown effect, follow a design, or simply create abstract shapes. Remember that the goal is to be over the top, so the more sparkle, the better!

  3. Turn the hat over so that the beaded front faces down. Glue the feathers vertically to the back of the hat, creating a fan shape. Let dry completely before wearing.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric golf visor
  • Strip of fabric or lace in a matching colour
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • 12 to 14 long feathers
  • Hot glue gun

About the Author

Based in Dallas, Erin Sawyer has been writing since 2003 and began her writing career at her college newspaper. She has written articles on video games and geek culture for her personal blog and is currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in computer programming. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Dallas.

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