Native American Headband
|Make this easy Native American Indian headband out of paper.|
Using a Headband Template
|1.||Print out either of these Native American headband templates on brown or white card stock.
*If you chose the colored template, proceed directly to Step 3.
|2.||Color the headband using crayons, colored pencils, markers or water-based paint.|
|3.||After coloring all the template pieces, cut each one out.|
|4.||Take one long strip and apply glue on its side tab labeled with the words "Overlap here". Take the other long strip and position its left edge over the first strip's tab. Press on the overlapping areas to glue the two strips together.|
|5.||Measure the strip around your head. If it's too short, connect the third (shorter) strip. Measure the strip around your head again. This time, the headband will most probably be longer than needed. Trim off any excess length on the third strip to get the best fit.|
|6.||Glue the two ends together to transform the strip into a headband.|
|7.||Finally, glue 2 or more feathers on one side of your headband. If you don't have real feathers, you can make paper ones following the steps in the next section.|
Without a Headband Template
|1.||Cut out a 1 ½-inch wide strip of brown construction paper that's long enough to go around your head.|
|2.||Drawing your own designs is really quite easy and lots of fun. You can use crayons, markers, oil pastels, undiluted poster paint or acrylic paint, and even puffy paint.
I started out mine with a zigzag line that runs all along the paper's length.
|3.||Then I added some V's and dots to complete a simple Native American-inspired pattern.|
|4.||Once you've decorated the entire length of your headband, glue the ends together to form a circle or band.|
|5.||You can use real feathers or make paper ones to accent your headband. To create paper feathers, print out this feather pattern on A4 or Letter size paper or card stock.
Cut out one feather pattern and trace around it on colored card stock or construction paper.
|6.||Cut out the colored feather and fold it in the middle.|
|7.||While keeping the paper folded, cut diagonal slits all along the paper's curved edge to create fringes.|
|8.||Unfold to reveal the paper feather.|
|9.||Craft two or more paper feathers and glue them on one side of your headband. Once the glue dries, you can try on your Native American headband.|