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)
- Printed copy of one of the pictures below
- Paper Fasteners (Brads)
- Sharpie, Black
- Strip of black or blue cloth
- 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.