The Notting Hill Carnival takes place in London this Sunday (featuring steel bands, dancing, colourful costumes and delicious Caribbean food). Inspired by this, we decided to make Nonno Bear a feather headdress (which would also fit a toddler)!
You will need:
- feathers (assorted colours and lengths – we found the longer ones during a wander around the village)
- 2x lengths of thick (2cm width) ribbon
- 1x length of thinner ribbon (optional)
- glue gun
AGE: young kids up
TIME: 10 minutes
- Measure your child (or your bear)’s head. Double that measurement and cut 2x lengths of thick (2cm width) ribbon, plus one length of a thinner, contrasting ribbon (optional).
- Lay one of the thick lengths of ribbon out flat and mark the centre.
- Place the feathers onto the ribbon and rearrange until you’re happy with the effect. Place the longest feathers in the centre and graduate to the smallest as you work outwards. Once you are happy, use your glue gun to stick the feathers to the ribbon. Layer the different colours and work quickly, or your glue will set before you have finished.
- Glue the other length of thick ribbon on top of the feathers and stick it to most of the first length of ribbon, leaving the ends loose.
- (optional) glue the thinner length of ribbon to the centre of the upper (2nd length) of thick ribbon, again leaving the ends loose.
- Allow to dry, then tie around temples and PARTY..!
Some more carnival craft ideas for kids:
- How to make a ‘Dudup’ steel drum from a large coffee or olive oil can (tutorial by Toucans)
- How to make beautiful dress-up wings (tutorial by Pretty Prudent)