Craft hack: 1920s head dress


My successful craft-hackery

One of the highlights of my work trip to Austin: a 1920s themed Christmas party. Good stuff.

Naturally, having to pack for a party away from home poses a challenge, but I was up for it. I had a dress that I’ve worn in the past that elicited comments that I looked like I stepped out of the ’20s. Perfect. Shoes? Easy. Hair? I got a quick trim to make the back of my bob a little sleeker, and felt almost ready.


I needed something else to really make everything pop. A quick trip to the craft store, a text to Bernadette, and a few glasses of wine later, I had a fabulous feathered hair adornment.

The supplies:

  • some sparkly tulle or netting
  • a barrette or pin curl clip
  • feathers
  • glue (hot or craft, your pick.)
  • a fancy clip earring
  • crystals and/or jewels.

The assembly:

Pick a few feathers–ideally, one long one and a few smaller ones. Arrange them until they look suitably dramatic, then gently glue them together. Hold them together with your pin curl clip while the glue dries. You want the clip close enough to the spot where you glued the feathers together to keep them properly arranged while they dry, but not so close that you glue the feathers to the clip yet.

Cut a piece of tulle or netting slightly larger than your feather arrangement. This will go behind the feathers.

Now glue the tulle to the barrette (or pin curl clip, if you chose that route) and let it dry. Use the fancy clip earring to hold together your feathers and the tulle. Glue some crystals or jewels to the tulle where it connects to the barrette. Let everything dry overnight, and you’re done!


The finished product on display.