Over the last couple years I have noticed a serious lack of affordable, manly men dress up clothes for boys. Now that my little manly men are entering the world of imaginative play I have been on the lookout for ideas I can replicate on the cheap.
I love how these Indian headbands (or hippie band as it tends to look on Wesley's head!) turned out. It cost under $5 for the two of them with enough supplies left for 2 or 3 more.
I picked up a bag of leather scraps at Hobby Lobby for $2.50. I also got a bag of long feathers for $2.
Being that these were scraps the wider pieces of leather were uneven and some had markings on them. The markings add to the 'wild' look and I easily straightened the edges - it won't matter if it is perfectly straight or not.
I held the wider piece of leather around their heads to measure the how long it should be and cut it a bit shy of that. Using sharp scissors I made a hole on either end of the leather large enough for an eyelet - I'm not sure which size they were, but I made the hole large enough for what I had on hand.
This was hard work to get the perfect size hole in the leather and I was quite thankful that my sister helped me out with it!
I used an eyelet tool kit to set the eyelets and then used the smaller pieces of leather to tie the two ends together.
I stuck a feather in the back of the headband and called it an Indian Warrior Headdress.
He sharpened his stick so he could pierce the (imaginary) bad guys.
The stick was found sharp.
Giving his fierce warrior face.
Still looks kissable to me.
I am left wondering - is there a way to secure the feather to the back of this? Would hot glue or super glue bond the feather and the leather together forever?
I have been listening to entirely too many rhyming songs lately.
The next costume I want to work on is a knights helmet and shield - I saw an incredible idea for the helmet in a high end kids catalog (I think it was about $60!!) and then happened to find a wooden shield at the thrift store. Have you seen or made any great boy dress up costumes? I'd love to see!