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Native American Headdress

Directions:
You will need:
  • 4 yards of heavy, strong ribbon or cord
  • Felt, in white, red and black
  • Sharp scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue, or sewing materials
Tie a length of cord around your child's head, leaving the knot at the back. Use a marker to mark a clear line either side of the ear, on the cord. Tie a 2 feet long string onto each of these dots. Use a dark colored marker to trace several hands out of the white felt. Cut them out. Cut out one hand in red and one in black for every four in white. Stitch or glue four white hands onto one of the strings, then a red, then a black, with the fingers pointing towards the back of the head. Repeat until the strings are full on both sides, and then add some to the band, using the same pattern. Use the markers to add simple angular patterns to the Ribbon.

Native American Headband

Directions:
You will need:
  • 1 yard of heavy, strong ribbon or cord
  • White Felt
  • Sharp scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue, or sewing materials
Tie a length of cord around your child's head, leaving the knot at the back. Cut out a few feather shapes from the white felt, and blacken the tips of them. Glue or sew them to the back of the headband, where the knot is. If you sew them onto the inside of the headband, they will stay up better.

Cardboard Native American Headband

Directions:
You will need:
  • 1 large sheet of cardboard
  • Sharp scissors
  • White and black paint
  • Markers
  • Glue, or stapler
Cut a 2 ½ inch strip from the cardboard, that's long enough to go around your child's head with a 3 inch overlap. Cut out 4 or 5 nine inch feather shapes from the spare cardboard. Paint the feathers white. Once they dry, use a black marker to draw the feather spine, through the centre of it, and to add a black tip, like an eagle feather.

Use markers to draw simple geometrical shapes on the headband in a few muted colors. At the time, clothing dyes were made from crushed berries and insects, so the colors would be in softer tones. Staple the headband together, leaving it very slightly loose. Staple the feathers onto the back of the headband, on the inside.

Paper Native American Headband

Directions:
You will need:
  • Brown, red, yellow and orange construction paper
  • Sharp scissors
  • Glue, or stapler
Cut a 2 ½ inch strip from the brown paper, that's long enough to go around your child's head with a 3 inch overlap. Cut out 7 nine inch feather shapes from the colored construction paper.

Staple the headband together, leaving it very slightly loose. Staple the feathers in a fan shape, onto the front of the headband. If you staple them inside the band, they will stand up better.

Native American Hairband Headdress

Directions:
You will need:
  • Plain brown hairband
  • Heavy cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • White and black paint
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
Cut out 7 nine inch feather shapes from the colored construction paper.

Each feather is glued to the hairband, by spreading glue on the lower 1 ½ of the feather, and coiling the end piece around the hairband, while the unglued section is standing straight up. Glue the feathers in a fan shape, onto the top of the hairband.