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Sooo...if anyone has been reading the blog for awhile now, you may have noticed that I've got a little thing with FEATHERS. I'm rather obsessed with them I guess...there's just something awesome about how they float around, catch the breeze, and feel so so so so soft and tickle-y. Magical! I also love wearing them in my hair since my hair is so short. I do NOT have the patience for growing out my hair, so I get the luxurious feel of long hair via my feathers. I made these awesome hairwraps last summer with feathers in them, and wore them all summer long. I wanted something similar this summer but my hair was too short to attach anything, so I was featherless for the most part.
When we were about to leave for Burning Man, I knew I HAD to rig up some sort of feather contraption for myself. It wouldn't be a proper hippy escape without them! I'm actually pleased as punch with the feather falls that I made - I feel so elegant and ethereal wearing them! Proof:
Now, don't I look [like I'm feeling] particularly ethereal?? [And dusty?]
Anywho, enough chit chat, ONTO THE DIY!
Supplies needed: feathers!, embroidery floss [like you use for friendship bracelets], leather/faux-leather cord [I was lucky enough to receive these old leather hides when my Papa passed away last year, I guess he and his buddy had actually killed the deer! Sorry if that offends anyone, it was back in the 50s.]
Choose a grouping of 2-4 feathers // Tie them together with the embroidery floss [I'm just going to call it string from now on]
Don't forget to tie a double knot when you're finished wrapping!
Next, attach the feather cluster to the leather cord!
Tie a knot around the cord [tight so it wont slide around!] // I wanted to reinforce the string, so I wrapped the loose end next to the feathers around the string.
Keep wrapping! // Don't forget to double knot it when you get to the leather cord!
Whee it's attached! // Cut off excess string but please don't cut yourself!
YAY! Then repeat these steps for your other feather clusters, and attach them to your leather cords!
Fold your cord at a certain point [this will be explained in a second] and tie a knot, leaving a loop open at the end.
So, let me explain this INSANE drawing. The black line is my cord, I wanted to fold it and have 2 sections hanging down so I would have bits at varying lengths floating all around my head. The way the short section catches the wind is totally different than how the long section does - ya feel me? Anywho, that's what I did, but do whatever you feel like!
Take your loop, and string your headband through the loop. [I just braided 3 leather strips together to make my headband.]
When you've got the loop where you want it, tighten it! // Put more dangly things on your headband!
See? Headband with dangly bits!
Put it on! [I've been wearing mine with bits dangling in front and behind of my ears.]
I've got an even CRAZIER piece that goes along with it...I'll be back on Friday to show ya! <33333