Feather headbands and head wraps are big fashion right now. Both the flapper influenced headbands, and the hippie style head wraps. I decided I would try making a flapper inspired headband and the project turned out to be pretty easy. You need a headband, a feather pad, and an optional embellishment. I don't often wear headbands but I am surprised how glamourous these look on. For very little money you can have an eye catching headband that would look equally great with a cocktail dress, or jeans. I think they would also be beautiful on bridesmaids. I really love the flapper look. After all those women were the original rebels!
For this project you will need:
Headband ($1 store)
Feather pad (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or fly fishing stores).
Embellishments (optional) Pendants with bale removed (see Shabby Chic Napkin Rings for how to remove bales), silk flowers, acrylic gems, buttons etc.
Make sure the embellishments are not heavy or they will pull away from the feathers. I used 40% off pendants from Michaels for these headbands. A fancy button would also work nicely.
E6000 Glue or Hot Glue. The fabric backed feathers worked well with E6000, but the natural backed feathers worked better with hot glue. You will have to experiment with glues to see what works best with your feathers.
Attach your feather pad to your headband about 1-2" above the bottom of the band. Add glue along the headband the distance of the feathers.
Center the pad in place while drying.
The material backed feathers adhered quickly and the headband only needed propping up to dry, while the natural back feathers needed clipping to dry. Attach clips to hold in place if needed.
After the feather pad has dried to the headband attach your embellishment with E6000 glue. Use a light weight embellishment. If it is heavy you may have to wire wrap it to the headband. I used pendants with the bales removed.
The Rebel Crafter