Celebrate like the Brazilians by dressing up in a Brazilian Headdress with lots of music and dancing.
The Brazilian Headdress is iconic of the Brazilians and represents fun and celebration. Why not make and wear them at your next party?
Brazilian Headdresses are big, bright and full of feathers – the bigger and brighter the better and they look awesome!
- Card – white or coloured
- Coloured pens
- Jewels and sequins
- Coloured feathers (or coloured card) – at least 3.
- Sticky tape
- Kitchen paper
- Cut a strip of card long enough to reach easily around the child’s head and about 4cm wide. Larger sheets of card are better as you will only have one strip but you can stick two strips of card together in the middle with sticky tape if you only have A4/US Letter sized card.
- Cut out a diamond shape from card and stick this with glue in the middle of the strip of card. Print diamond template – Multiple A4, Multiple US Letter, Single A4, Single US Letter.
- Decorate the headdress with coloured pens, sequins and jewels and set aside to dry.
- Turn the headdress over and attach feathers to the middle behind the diamond shape with sticky tape. If you do not have real feathers, make your own with coloured card. See how to make card feathers.
- Fold up a piece of kitchen paper and tape it along the back of the strip of card and over the top of the feathers – this will act as padding so the hard edges of the feather don’t irritate when wearing the headdress.
- Finally, fit the headdress around the child’s head and fix with sticky tape. See steps in photos.
- For best results, choose a colour scheme and stick with it. We used yellow, orange and red.
- When it comes to jewels, sequins and especially feathers, more really is better. The more feathers you attach the better these headdresses look! Keep the bulk of the feathers in the middle though or your Brazilian headdress will look American Indian if they are evenly spaced.
- Real feathers tend to bend out slightly. When attaching them to the headdress angle them outwards rather than inwards.
- For better control, attach one feather at a time. Then you can make sure they are in the right place and it’s less fiddly.