Introduction: Makedo Feathered Headdress

Become the 'Chief of Reuse¹ in your household with this
Feathered Headdress made from recycled materials.

In Plains Indians culture headdresses are earned through brave and
honourable deeds, with each feather symbolising one deed. ­So the more feathers
one has, the more honourable deeds they have performed.

Happy making!

Step 1: Find

Find materials from around your home to make your Feathered Headdress. We’ve used ribbon, bottle caps and left over coloured paper to decorate our Headdress. Craft feathers and scraps of colourful fabric would be perfect.

Step 2: Cut

To create the base of the Headdress, measure a strip of cardboard that would wrap around your forehead. Trim off the excess card and remember to leave room to connect the ends together to form a ring.

Step 3: Punch

Using the Makedo Safe-saw, punch a hole on the ends of the strip to form a ring.

Step 4: Connect

Connect the ends using a Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip. You have just created the base for your headdress.

Step 5: Build

Now is the exciting part! Using the materials you have sourced to decorate your Headdress such as fabrics, feathers and cardboard, use the Makedo Safe-saw and punch a hole on the ends of the materials.

Step 6: Connect

To attach the decorative pieces to the Headdress, place a Makedo re-pin through the end of the material and connect it to the top of your Headdress with a Makedo Re-clip. Continue to connect and layer on the decorative features.

Step 7: Share

Your Makedo Headdress is now complete! Why not try making other Traditional Headpieces of other cultures and start a fashion parade with your friends. Remember to share your creation on our website, we would love to see it!

Comments

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jonipinkney (author)2012-10-25

Nice build but please don't call it a Native American headdress, as it's not in any way. Call it something else and let it be appreciated on its own merits, please. I could say a lot more but we have a "be nice' policy.

BTW, reference to Native American practices in the past tense is often a bad sign.. Native Americans and their cultural ways are alive and well in the present tense.

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makedo-able (author)jonipinkney2012-10-29

Hi jonipinkney. Appreciate the feedback. We've made some adjustments taking your advice on board :) as your observations were certainly unintentional. Thanks

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jonipinkney (author)makedo-able2012-10-29

Thanks. Actually, this piece reminds me of the feathered masks / headpieces I'e seen people wear at Carnival (New Orleans). Some of them are very nice, artfully done. It occurred to me that if the "feathers" on this were made out of aluminum pop cans, it wouldn't add much to the weight and the piece would be more durable. It would probably also make a nice sound when the wearer is dancing.

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makedo-able (author)jonipinkney2012-10-30

Interesting idea! Perhaps a new costume for us in the making. Certainly like the integration of sound into our projects!

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yamayka (author)2012-06-12

Hey makedo-able, this is a great Headdress! I must try it on "Purim". Thank's!

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