Craft ideas for kids: How to make a feather headdress

One of the fastest craft ideas for kids – a simple yet beautiful no-sew feather headdress (plus some more fun carnival craft ideas for kids)!

The Notting Hill Carnival takes place in London this Sunday (featuring steel bands, dancing, colourful costumes and delicious Caribbean food).  Inspired by this, we decided to make Nonno Bear a feather headdress (which would also fit a toddler)!

You will need:

  • feathers (assorted colours and lengths – we found the longer ones during a wander around the village)
  • 2x lengths of thick (2cm width) ribbon
  • 1x length of thinner ribbon (optional)
  • glue gun

COST: pennies
AGE: young kids up
TIME: 10 minutes


  1. Measure your child (or your bear)’s head.  Double that measurement and cut 2x lengths of thick (2cm width) ribbon, plus one length of a thinner, contrasting ribbon (optional).
  2. Lay one of the thick lengths of ribbon out flat and mark the centre.
  3. Place the feathers onto the ribbon and rearrange until you’re happy with the effect.  Place the longest feathers in the centre and graduate to the smallest as you work outwards.  Once you are happy, use your glue gun to stick the feathers to the ribbon.  Layer the different colours and work quickly, or your glue will set before you have finished.
  4. Glue the other length of thick ribbon on top of the feathers and stick it to most of the first length of ribbon, leaving the ends loose.
  5. (optional) glue the thinner length of ribbon to the centre of the upper (2nd length) of thick ribbon, again leaving the ends loose.
  6. Allow to dry, then tie around temples and PARTY..!

Some more carnival craft ideas for kids:


Psst…  here’s a few more craft ideas for kids that Nonno bear enjoyed: beaded bracelet making, a Build-a-Bear waistcoat tutorial and washi tape festival ID wristband.  Enjoy the weekend!

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9 thoughts on “Craft ideas for kids: How to make a feather headdress

    • August 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Oh yes – Nonno bear is rarely left out of Pickle’s adventuring, except when he is too tired to get out of bed..! 😉

  • August 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    This is exactly why I need to get a glue gun 🙂

    • August 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      I can’t believe you haven’t got one!! Mine was under £5 from Amazon and came with 2 free glue sticks. Make it a push present to yourself… 😉

  • February 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This is so sweet! forget the teddies and the toddlers – I am making one for me, lol 😀

    • February 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Yes! Carnival party time!! 😉

  • February 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Nonno Bear looks fab! My little girl loves feathers, so I may just have to do this! Thanks for sharing! #pintorials

    • February 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Lou! It’s one of the easiest crafts we’ve done 🙂

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