Published on March 11, 2014 by Amy
There are many different kinds of Native American headdresses, but some are easier to make than others with supplies that are cheap and easy to come by, like fake feathers or poster board. Of course, it would be more difficult and more expensive to make a headdress with real animal skin and beads, so craft store substitutes are provided.
dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry
Measure and mark the measurements on a piece of brown fabric for a strip that is 1 1/2 inches wide and 2 feet long, just to make sure you have enough length. Cut the strip out and wrap it around your head until it stays in place without being too tight and glue it together with fabric glue — you will need to be able to take it off and put it back on easily. Glue the ends of one or two fake feathers to the inside of the band with epoxy so that the feathers stick straight up.
Attach the stems of long, stiff feathers to the front and sides of a brown plain cap with fabric glue. The feathers should be about 10 to 12 inches long and all in one color. You can buy fake eagle feathers to use, or long stiff fake feathers in any color you choose. Apply a small bead of epoxy to the cap and press the stem of the feather there for 1 minute to let it bond to the glue. Space the feathers about 1/2 inch apart. The feathers should point backward from the front and sides at a slight angle. Wait 24 hours for the epoxy to dry all the way.
Make a representation of a headdress that was worn specifically by women of the Iroquois tribe. Cut a piece of thin cardboard or poster board that is 10 inches long, with one flat side (the bottom of the tiara) and a high, half-circle top. Color the front with a black marker. Apply craft glue on the front in the center in the shape of a flower and sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Paint other embellishments with the glue and add different colors of glitter. Tape one feather to the inside of the side of the tiara and punch a hole on either end for an elastic thread that will hold the tiara against your head.
Measure and cut a strip of white poster board to 2 inches wide and 2 feet long. Instruct the child to color designs of arrows and triangles on the front of the strip with colored markers. Measure and cut a circle to a diameter of 2 1/2 inches and have the child color the front of this piece with the same design. Glue the center of the back of the circle to the middle of the strip. Wrap the strip around the child’s head so that it is snug and tape it together with clear tape.