My son and daughters, (as well as I) love Naruto and they all love to dress up and pretend to be characters from the anime.

I however, am not one to buy something I can just make for myself, so when they wanted Naruto headbands, I started thinking.

I knew they would soon want different village designs, so I came up with this way to make a very low cost Naruto headband.

Step 1: What You Need

  • Soda or Tea Can (I like my Arizona Green Tea)
  • Scissors
  • Printed copy of one of the pictures below
  • Paper Fasteners (Brads)
  • Tape
  • Needle
  • Sharpie, Black
  • Strip of black or blue cloth
  • Thread
  • Glue (go gorilla!)
  • Silver Spray Paint

Step 2: Cutting

Drink the soda or tea.

Dry out the can.

Cut the the top off of the can. Dont worry about how pretty it is at this point, you will trim it down later.

Step 3: Cutting

Take the can and cut down in side of the can.

Try to cut straight.

Step 4: Cutting

Cut off the bottom of the can.

Again, at this stage, you dont need to worry about appearances.

Step 5: You Can

You can either lay out the can flat and cover it with something heavy so that it unbends (pictures 1 and 2).

Or you can roll it up with the unprinted side facing out and wrap it with a rubber band (picture 3).

Step 6: Cut and Trace

Print one of the headband pictures from Step 1. If you want a different symbol, just print that up as well (picture 1).

Cut the headband picture out of the paper (picture 2).

Set it on the aluminum and trace the shape onto it (picture 3).

Step 7: Cut

Now cut the headband shape out of the aluminum.

Step 8: Symbol

If you are using the symbol from the headband, now it's time to cut it out so you can color it in on the aluminum (pictures 1 - 3).

If you are using a different symbol, cut it out and position it how you want.

Color in the symbol on the aluminum (picture 4).

It is much easier if you tape the headband picture to the aluminum to keep it nice and still for the coloring (seen in picture 5).

Step 9: Brads

Take your needle and using your headband cutout as a guide (it helps if it is still taped to the aluminum), make a hole where the brads should be (the three smaller circles on each end).

Go ahead and push the brads through the aluminum.

If you have metallic brads, you can skip a few steps. I only had brass and wanted to keep it all looking metal.

If you are like me, you have a few more steps to go through.

Step 10: Paint

Take the brads out of the aluminum.

Put them into a piece of paper so their fronts are facing you and fold them down so they wont get pushed up when you paint them.

Go outside and either lay the paper down and spray paint it with silver paint, or put it in a paper sack so that you contain the spray. Thats what I did as you can see by the pictures below.

Wait for them to dry.

Step 11: Brads

Take out the brads once they are dry and put them into the aluminum.

Your headband is just about done.

Step 12: Cloth and Finished!

Get your strip of cloth, cut it to size. I ended up using a string of an old t-shirt, since the material needs no sewing to keep it from fraying. This works the best.

Grab your trusty Gorilla Glue (what can I saw, this stuff rocks!).

Glue the aluminum to the cloth, clamp it, wait for it to dry.

Step 13: FInshed

Give it to you kids or wear it yourself.

Have fun!
I don't know why there are so many hate comments. If you don't like or care for an item, don't comment.<br><br>I think it's pretty cool. I made a rogue leaf ninja and a normal leaf ninja.
<p>This is really cool. I made it for my little brother because he loves the anime, and he loves it! </p>
You, of course, realize that real ninja would take all precautions necessary to blend in and not be detected and that wearing an armored headband depicting your nationality would ruin that effect. Also, bright orange jumpsuits = not stealthy. In short, the anime/manga, Naruto, is a horrible depiction of ninja and should be dragged out into the street and shot.<br/>
<p>Like anyone cares, it's still an awesome anime and manga, jerk. If you disagree with the manga and anime, go complain to someone who cares and who will listen to your bull.</p>
<p>They can use Justus to be stealthy,DADUR!</p>
true dat i hate naruto but my friend likes (he gets made fun of alot)
you do realize that they didnt even were headbands that had villages right and naruto isnt based on a real stary right?
It's a parallel universe where ninja's aren't lowlife scum that roam the streets stabbing people for a few coins.
You know whats goin on!!
But I like the low-life scum kind of ninja! D:
But it is stealthy if he is lets say, trying to blend into a group of electrical workers.
Or convicts. xD
LOL!!! :9
Yeah i don't get the orange jump suit idea.
nice steal that off of a picture
It was a joke from a motivator, I will admit.
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YES!!!! Finally someone who totally agrees with me!
naruto cn wear what he wants to where u should be shot trying to sound smart and what not
Sure, he can wear what he wants, but in the real world, he'd be dead.
so true just take a gun and use him as a live target
You have some strange ideas about ninjas. *shrug*
I consider plainly obvious strange for a ninja. What's wrong with that?
Great instructable. One of my kids is bound to get into Naruto sooner or later and this will come in hand And to our resident ninja expert.....Naruto is make believe, you did realize that before you went off on your "real ninja" rant..right?? Keep on making the diy kids stuff. .
I'm no ninja expert. It's common knowledge. I realize it's "make-believe", but it's putting the wrong ideas of ninja in ignorant childrens' heads.
Because, saying that ninja's wear what is hollywood's take on their clothing, namely all black, then you must think that wearing all black in the middle of day is stealthy? Only at night when the moon isnt out, sure. Because ninjas wore whatever they could and whatever made sense at the time. Pretending to be an old lady, or a servant, or whatever to get them closer to their mark to finish the job is what they wore, even if it meant wearing flannel.
yeh!!!!!!!! you rock!!!!!!!!!!
<p>Here is a spoiler Naruto is the 8th Hokage and Kakashi is 7th your welcome!!!</p>
<p>Actually,Kakashi is the 6th and Naruto is the 7th...get your facts straight.</p>
<p>actually, kakashi is the sixth and naruto is the seventh</p>
<p>kakashi is the 6th and naruto is the 7th you dumb dumb </p>
Really,I thought kakashi was the sixth.
<p>For all of you saying kids shouldn't watch Naruto because it's on adult swim,just know there is something called a cut version where they make it clean and friendly.I am 11 and currently watching Naruto Shippuden,So HA!</p>
arent kids of that age a lil' young to be watching naruto?
no... it's a cartoon for everyone jeez
<p>Its an anime and manga so yes, it is a lil to young to be watching itt</p>
<p>There are kid's anime and manga and adult's anime and manga. Just because something is manga and/ or anime doesn't mean it is unsuitable for kids.</p>
<p>if it's on Cartoon Network, anyone can watch it</p>
<p>they pass it on adult swim so technically its not for kids. and its rated tv-14</p>
<p>I love it! Going to try to make it this weekend.</p>
<p>where can you get brads from </p><p>i cant find them anywhere</p>
<p>Seriously?! I have all of the materials to make it at home, except a sharpie!! Argggh!!!</p>
<p>I like the head band but it's too sharp</p>
<p>I like your headbands style.</p>
<p>So many thanks for helping make this cosplay really awesome on a headband budget of like, five dollars.</p><p>Seriously. &lt;3</p>
<p>Also, a note to people who are looking to make this for cosplay, you may have to scale the stencil down. It came out too big for my forehead...IIRC scaling it down to somewhere between 75-85% worked nicely for me.</p>
You did good choosing Gaara for your costume he is pure sandy AWESOME!
THANK U SO MUCH!!!! You are my new BFF!!! I have been looking for a way to make a realistic head band for my Gaara costume for Halloween. :)
Nice, thanks for this.
Good job. I've done similar projects using soda cans. As for all the negative comments about the show, it is for entertainment purposes not a history lesson.

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