How To Make A Native American Headdress

How would you describe your style? Would you say you are a minimalist or a maximalist? If you answered yes to either question, then you might want to check out these amazing Native American Headdresses. They are truly unique and beautiful.

The Native Americans are known for their rich culture and history. Their art has inspired artists around the globe. The designs of the Native American Headdresses are very intricate and detailed. 

How To Make A Native American Headdress

They are made with the finest materials like leather, wood, beads, and feathers. Some even have silver jewelry attached to them. The headdresses can be worn by men and women alike. These headdresses are not only used as fashion accessories but also as spiritual symbols.

If you’re looking to add some flair to your outfit, then this is an accessory that will make you stand out. Plus, it is a great way of authentically representing Native American culture. 

What Do Native American Headdresses Look Like?

In terms of their appearances, Native American headdresses are usually very ornate. They come in different shapes and sizes. Some of them are small while others are large. 

They can be worn on top of the head or they can be tied at the back. Regardless of which one you choose, you can always find something that suits your taste.

A Native American Headdress is usually made from leather. It may also contain other types of material such as metal, glass, bone, fur, and more. Leather is commonly used because it is durable and easy to work with. 

You can customize the design of your headdress by adding any type of bead, feather, or decorative element. This gives you the opportunity to create a personal look that represents your personality.

Is This Cultural Appropriation?

To some, the wearing of Native American headdress may be considered cultural appropriation. Essentially, cultural appropriation is when someone takes elements of another culture and uses them without permission. In the case of Native American headdresses, there are many people who believe that they should remain untouched by outsiders.

Appropriating Native American culture for events such as Halloween can be considered particularly questionable given the complex history between America and Indigenous people. 

Some people may find the wearing of a Native American headdress offensive.  

However, others argue that if the culture is respected, then those outside of the culture should be allowed to wear what they created. Cultural appropriation is not necessarily bad. Many people feel that it helps us learn about other cultures. 

For example, if you were to travel to Mexico, you would probably see people wearing sombreros. By making a Native American headdress you can learn about this cultural heritage and demonstrate your respect for it. 

Native American Man With Headdress

How To Make A Native American Headdress: Equipment

To complete these instructions, there are a handful of items that you will need. If you are used to making items of clothing or participating in crafts, you may already have access to some of these items. You will need the following:

  • Scissors: This craft essential will be used in this method. 
  • Feathers: Eagle feathers are commonly used to make headdresses. However, you do not have to use real feathers if you do not want to. You are pretty much free to use whatever colored feathers you want. Different tribes associate different colors with different meanings. 
  • Glue: Hot glue will be strongest, though superglue should also work fine. A glue stick may not provide sufficient strength. 
  • Construction paper: Brown construction paper will be desirable, though other colors are also suitable. This can be found online or in craft stores. 
  • A strip of leather: A lot of headdresses are made from leather. Brown leather is commonly used. If you want to make this a vegan headdress, you can use faux leather or other suitable materials. For instance, you can use craft paper to form the entirety of the headdress. 
  • A tape measure: As you may have guessed, this can be used to measure various objects. 
  • Beads: To make your headdress more ornamental, you may consider adding beads.
  • A felt-tip pen (optional): This is a terrific tool for decorating a headdress.  

How To Make A Native American Headdress Instructions

1. Before starting, create a rough design for your headdress. You are free to make it as complex or simplistic as you want. You should bear in mind that more sophisticated designs will take longer to make and require more skill.

2. Measure the circumference of your head with a measuring tape. You may need to enlist another person to get an accurate measurement. Note down these measurements.

3. Next, cut a piece of brown construction paper (other colors can be used too) in the length of the circumference of your head. You may want to make it approximately an inch longer so that you have a little leeway with the glue. In terms of width, the paper should be between 1 and 2 inches wide. 

4. Wrap the paper with brown leather. Use glue to secure it in place. Leave the glue to dry.

5. Bend this paper into a circle that is large enough to fit around your head. Glue the band closed with glue. Again, wait for this to dry fully. 

6. Begin decorating the headdress according to your design. This can include decorating it with beads or drawing patterns on it with a felt-tip pen. You may want to research authentic headdresses to find some genuine patterns. 

7. Now that you have created the band, you can start adding the feathers to create a feathered headdress. Feel free to add as many layers of feathers as you want. The more layers you add, the more grandiose your headdress will appear. Begin by sticking the fathers to the headband. You can add more layers by gluing more feathers to the initial layer of feathers. 

8. Adorn your Native American headdress, being sure to remain respectful of Native people. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take To Make One?

It depends on how complicated you want your headdress to be. I would say that making a simple headdress takes about 30 minutes. Making a more elaborate headdress might take up to two hours.

What Is The History Of Native American Headdresses?

These headdresses have a long history. They were worn by different tribes at different times. 

Some tribes wore them during ceremonies while others just used them as fashion accessories. Today, they are still very popular among Native Americans. 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, we hope that you enjoyed reading my tutorial on how to make a Native American headdress. We are very proud of our headdress and think it looks great! It was fun creating something unique. 

Plus, it gave us the opportunity to learn more about Indigenous culture.