DIY Boho/Tribal Headchains 3 Ways

DIY, Fashion

Summer is here for the southern hemisphere, meaning we can ditch the beanies for some floppy hats and head chains.

Vidtorial!

Plain Headchain
Simple & easily made and styled

You will need:

  • Faux feather(s)
  • Leather clamps
  • Chain (I stole some of mine off old necklaces)
  • Jump rings (big + small)
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Mod Podge + foam brush
  • Eyelet setter/punch + eyelets (available at most craft stores) [optional]
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail polish [optional]
  • String
  • Bowl of water + acrylic paint [optional]

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  1. Start by attaching a leather clamp to the end of your faux feather
  2. Bend the spine of your feather with your fingers (so it sits nicely on your head) and smooth out the barbs of yo feather
  3. If you want to colour your feather, fill a bowl with water and drip acrylic paint into it. Dip your feather in the paint and play around with colouring the feather. NOTE: scraping the bottom of the bowl with the feather will add more paint, while swirling it around or simply dipping it in the water will remove paint; + your feather will shrink in size a bit after this step.
    Leave to dry.12
  4. Cover your feather with a thin coat of Mod Podge. This will make it water-proof and pliable.
    Leave to dry.
  5. Using an eyelet punch, pierce a hole near the top of your feather (not too close to the tip, or you risk ripping your feather). Insert an eyelet + set. Alternatively, you can simply snip a hole with a pair of scissors (be cautious here!) and seal the hole with some clear polish.34 512
  6. Take some chain and measure it around your head, then cut to size.
  7. Create a loop by joining to two lengths of chain together with a jump ring.
  8. Place the loop of chain on your head (+ adjust if it doesn’t sit right) and use string to measure how long the centre part of your headchain will be. Cut to size.
  9. Tape both ends of the piece of string to a flat surface and use it to measure + cut the piece of chain to go in the centre of your headchain. Remember that the feather is going in the centre aswell, therefore the length of the piece of string = length of feather + centre piece of chain. (This is better explained in the video -.- comment if theres anything you don’t understand!)
  10. Use a large jump ring (or stud!) to join the tip of the feather to your centre chain piece.78 1013
  11. Use jump rings to attach the feather and chain ends of your centre chain piece to your loop of chain.911

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Braided Band
Quirky, rustic and easily individualised

You will need:

  • Any three things to braid together. I used:
    Chain
    Leather cord
    Embroidery thread
  • Wire (I used 26 gauge)
  • Needle [optional]

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  1. Start by cutting a length of one of the elements you’re going to braid; I started with the leather cord. This should be slightly longer than you want the final braid to go across your head.
  2. Cut your other elements to the same length. I cut a piece of chain and embroidery thread that had been folded a few times.
  3. I wanted the chain to be more interesting, so I threaded a piece of embroidery thread (that was twice the length of the chain) through the chain using a needle.
    (Watch the video if you want to see how to do this, it’s super easy!)
  4. To bind the three element together, cut a piece of wire roughly 20cm long
  5. Grip the wire in pliers about 5cm from one end of the wire. Fold the wire over one of the prongs so that both ends of the wire are facing the same direction. Hold the wire firmly and begin twisting the wire using the pliers.
  6. Remove the pliers and align the wire with the three elements you’re braiding. Wrap the remaining wire around the elements (remember, this can be as messy as you like, or tight and neat 🙂 ). Before you have wrapped the wire completely, use the pliers to create a loop at the end of the wire so it won’t poke you, then wrap it completely.1517 1816
  7. Braid errythang together
  8. Repeat steps 4,5 and 6 for the other end of the braid.
  9. Using a jump ring, attach a length of chain to one end of the braid (loop it through the uh… loop in the wire)
  10. Measure the braid + chain combo around your head to see how long the chain needs to be
  11. Cut the chain to size then cut it in half. Attach the other half to the other end of the braid using a jump ring.
  12. Use a large jump ring to join the feather to one of the elements in your braid and a small jump right to join both halves of the headband to the centre chain.19

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Tribal Band
Inspired by the headdresses of the Red Indians

You will need:

  • Embroidery thread of various colours (I used orange, yellow, purple, turquoise and white)
  • Clear polish

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  1. Using different coloured embroidery thread, knot up a friendship bracelet. Friendship bracelets use up a lot of thread, so I would recommend using more thread than you think you’ll need (better to be safe then sorry)
    I created my own random pattern using 14 strands of thread. If you don’t know how to make a friendship bracelet, here are the basics, or check this tutorial out.
  2. Instead of tying your ‘bracelet’ off, use leather clamps.2425
  3. Trim excess thread and prevent fraying/strands coming loose from the clamp by sealing the strands with clear polish (be careful not to stick the thread to the clamp in the process, you need the hole in the clamp to attach the chain!)2223
  4. Create the rest of your head chain like in the braided version above.

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For details on outfits and jewelry, check out the description box of the video a la YouTube.

Enjoy!

Much love,
-Fush

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