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How To Make A Feather Headdress

Updated on December 18, 2017
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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a special interest in the expressions, phrases and idioms that contribute to its use.

Indian Headdress and a Native American Dance

Indian Headdress from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and a Native American Dance
Indian Headdress from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and a Native American Dance

Crafts For kids - Making A Feather Headdress

What young warrior wouldn't want to own their very own Feather Headdress? Well now they can...

My article: How to Make a Feather Headdress provides a selection of resources, instructions and printable feather head-dresses that will help make your child into a great Indian chief of North America.

I have selected these particular Feather Headdress designs so that they range from the very simple - great for that impatient young Indian warrior and quick to make, through to those that may prove more of a mini project and suit the slightly older Indian Chieftain.

How To Make This Indian Headdress

You will need:

  • a piece of corrugated cardboard about 90cm (3ft) long
  • some wide cellotape
  • some long feathers
  • scissors
  • coloured inks
  • two paper clips

The great Indian Chiefs wore head-dresses made from eagle feathers. These feathers were painted with special patterns that held special meaning such as how many battles they had won and how brave they were.

Image Credit: www.patriziawigan.com

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How to make a Native Indian Feather Headdress - video

Feather War Bonnet

You will need:

  • glue gun and plenty of extra glue sticks
  • a length of webbing - preferably stretchy
  • a packet of longish feathers - any colour
  • a packet of multi-coloured feathers from a craft shop
  • Two extra-long white feathers for the sidebars

How to make this Feather Headdress easy to follow instructions.

Image Credit: Greatfun4kidsblog.com

Warbonnets

Many of us find Feather Headdresses to be wonderfully colorful works of art. But to the Native Indian-Americans the feathers had symbolic meaning and each Indian tribe associated them with different meanings.

Perhaps the most well known of all Feather Headdresses is the Warbonnet. These were not used by all Indian tribes, but are very distinctive with one or two trailing rows of feathers that would sometimes reach the ground. It was usually only the bravest of Indians, who had shown great courage on the battlefield, that would be permitted to wear a Warbonnet.

Muscogee War Bonnet

Muscogee War Bonnet
Muscogee War Bonnet

Native American Indian Tribes

NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES:

  • Algonquin
  • Anasazi
  • Cheyenne
  • Chinook
  • Choctaw
  • Chumash
  • Comanche
  • Cree
  • Creek
  • Delaware
  • Lenape
  • Mohawk
  • Mojave
  • Osage
  • Peublo
  • Seneca
  • Shoshone
  • Ute

Native American Tribes

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Comanche Indian - source WikipediaUte Indian Family - source WikipediaMohawk IndianCheyenne IndianSeneca Chief - source WikepediaChocktow IndianLenape Indian Chief - source Wikipedia
Comanche Indian - source Wikipedia
Comanche Indian - source Wikipedia
Ute Indian Family - source Wikipedia
Ute Indian Family - source Wikipedia
Mohawk Indian
Mohawk Indian
Cheyenne Indian
Cheyenne Indian
Seneca Chief - source Wikepedia
Seneca Chief - source Wikepedia
Chocktow Indian
Chocktow Indian
Lenape Indian Chief - source Wikipedia
Lenape Indian Chief - source Wikipedia

Make a Feathered Headress

You will need:

  • White Balloon
  • Orange Foam
  • White Feathers
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Glue

How to make this Feather Head-dress easy to follow instructions.

Image Credit: Thecraftyclassroom.com

War Bonnet - Video

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      Colleen 2 years ago

      Native headdresses are sacred and only to be worn by warriors who have earned them, much like war medals, flags, and other items white people expect to be respected.

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      Colleen 2 years ago

      Native headdresses are sacred and only to be worn by warriors who have earned them, much like war medals, flags, and other items white people expect to be respected.

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      Sonya Chappell 4 years ago from UK

      Feather headdresses are great! We have made some ourselves using feathers we have found - which means you can add this into a nature walk activity! It's great to see all the different ones here and learn more about them. Thank you. Best wishes Sonya

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I remember making and wearing these headdresses as a kid!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @LluviaDeArte: Thank you - very much appreciated,

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      LluviaDeArte 4 years ago

      I love this- super fun and an opportunity for education. Thank you for writing this.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @ItayaLightbourne: My grandkids love wearing indian headresses.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Would love to make one of these for my little grandson! :)

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      AntonioM23 4 years ago

      This is great lens.Thanks for this info.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @Anahid LM: Thank you.

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      Anahid LM 4 years ago

      Hi Thank you for visiting my lens. great work all the best. Anna

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you

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      RoSelou 4 years ago

      Great lens! We have Chicken Feathers here from rooster for cockfighting, I think I can use it.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Such creative and beautiful headdresses.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @anonymous: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great Lens. I really learnt something about Native American headdress as well as having something to make with my daughter. You write for a duel audience really well.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @CherylsArt: Thank you.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      You've got some crafty ideas for make feather head dresses.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @smine27: You are very welcome. Thank you for your visit.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I've been looking for a tutorial for this. Thanks!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Great ideas for kids of all ages!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Wow! Kids would have a lot of fun making a feather head dress!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Takes me back to the childhood games of cowboys and indians....

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @MJ Martin: Children and crafts....a great combination.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      very much indeed. Brings back a lot of childhood memories of making them for class projects.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      very much indeed. Brings back a lot of childhood memories of making them for class projects.

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      Bellezza-Decor 4 years ago from Canada

      These are fine feather bonnet crafts.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @Raymond Eagar: Thank you. Ahh the joys of childhood...

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      Reminds me of my childhood , when I was in junior school I acted as an indian and my elder sister made me a headdress . good lens .

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @happy-birthday: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Wonderful lens!!! I like your lenses a lot, they are always very useful! Thanks again for sharing!!!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @flinnie lm: Thank you.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      What a fun craft.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @mina009: Very much appreciated - thank you.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Very creative lens!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @Rosanna Grace: Thank you.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Informative and creative too! Thank you :o)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @aesta1: Thank you.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kids will have fun doing this.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Wonderful idea and I would not bother to make one like this as gift for other :)

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      We made these things, or ridiculous attempts at copying the great authentic headdresses when we were young. At the time we didn't learn anything about the meanings and purposes they held, but I grew up to have deep respect for Native Americans and all indigenous peoples. This is tastefully presented. Thanks.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @anonymous: I remember making an Indian headdress when at school too - I felt like a true indian-brave when I wore it... the joys of childhood.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm loving this idea and you brought back some memories that I had forgotten about of when we made head-dresses when I was in grade school....of course they were nothing like what you can do with a kit but they were wonderful to us kids! :)

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