DIY Feather Extension Headband Tutorial

How to Make a Feather Extension Headband
Feather extensions and earrings are all the rage right now {especially peacock feathers}.  Very bohemian, very awesome.  So rather than create earrings or a clip in extension, I thought about attaching the feathers to a subtle headband.  And this is what I got.   

DIY Feather Extension Headband

DIY Feather Headband


Feather extension headband
It seriously only took about 5 minutes to create.
Here’s how I did it:
How to make a feather extension headband
Blank headband
Clear thread
Hot glue gun
Two very small strips of fabric
Feathers of your choice
*I purchased my feathers at Joann’s and they were already finished on the ends with a clear thread loop. The brand is Touch of Nature.
First, take your clear thread and measure about four inches longer than you actually want your feathers to hang.  For example, I wanted my feathers to hang about 2.5 inches from the base of my headband–so I cut the thread at 6.5 inches.
Clear thread
Find the loop part on the end of your feather.
DIY Feather Headband
Tie your clear thread to the feather with a double knot. Repeat this same step with the second feather and the second peice of thread.
Tie double knot
See how the thread is basically invisible and it looks like the feather is suspended in mid-air.  This way it will blend in with your hair without any bulky strings or rope.
DIY Feather Headband
Take some fabric scrap and cut two strips about 1.5 inches long {no need to be exact here because you can always trim the excess later}.
Fabric feather extension headband
Now for the sorta tricky part. 
How to make a feather extension headband
1. Lay down your fabric scrap and place a drop of hot glue as shown in step one. Then the other end of your clear thread right in the drop of glue. Then lay the end of your headband in the glue on top of the clear thread.
2. Wrap the end of the fabric over the hot glue so that it holds in place.
3. Continue wrapping the fabric around the headband.
4. Put a drop of glue on the end of the fabric and secure in place. Trim any excess string.  *Repeat these steps with the other feather on the other side of the headband.
Feather extension headband
It should look something like this when you hold it up.
DIY Feather Headband
I love how it blends in with hair, almost like it was a feather extension.
Feather extension headband
My Mom just got a Brazillion Blow Out on her hair, so I made her model my headband on her blonde hair below:
How to make a feather extension headband
DIY Feather Headband
So that’s it.
Kinda neat, huh.
Happy Crafting!
I am sharing my Life List over at A Happy Girl today.
Tahnie is having a blogger series about taking chances and making “big jumps” in life.  Please stop by and say hi–Tahnie is the sweetest gal and momma ever!

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    Nichelle @ Vintage Wanna Bee
    July 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I LOVE THIS… Off to the craft store…

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I believe I just fell in love. Hahah No really. I love this! This just landed on my list!

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Um, brilliant. I need to make this.

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Love this! And it seems easy enough for even ME to do!

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    Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs
    July 19, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Wow that is SO cool! I LOVE this! I have been curious about the whole feather hair extension thing… THIS is a cool idea! I definitely wanna make some for myself!! 🙂

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    Arm Candy For You
    July 19, 2011 at 12:49 am

    oh I love it!…………….I am totally trying this out:)
    thank you for posting it!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Can't wait to make this!! You're so smart and creative!

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    Life In The Thrifty Lane
    July 19, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Love it!!!!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:16 am

    You're so creative! Love this idea!


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    July 19, 2011 at 1:24 am

    They look really cool, yet easy to make. Thanks for this tutorial.

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    mama marchand
    July 19, 2011 at 1:25 am

    VERY VERY cool. 🙂

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    Audrey Crisp
    July 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Amazing! So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    saturated canary
    July 19, 2011 at 1:43 am

    so pretty!!! what a great idea:) i'll have to give this a try!


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    Sarah E.
    July 19, 2011 at 1:51 am

    LOVE IT!!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:55 am

    love it. i wonder if it would look okay in shorter hair?!

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    Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea
    July 19, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Very cool and creative. Is there anything you can't do?

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Very cute. You are so creative! I am definitely trying this!

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    Blessed Momma
    July 19, 2011 at 2:12 am

    You' re a genius! So cute! Definitely making one 🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I'm not a fan of the current "feather" trend. BUT, I like this!… A LOT. It is more unique than the typical neon feathers my friends have been getting…. ALSO, low maintenance and not as permanent!

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:23 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE and it's SO you! I'll have to see if I can pull it off.

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

    This is such a great idea! My sister got the real feather extensions, and I really like them. I just don't think my job would appreciate them!

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    The Cisneros Family!
    July 19, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Okay, I just realized you're a Gone With the Wind fan from your guest post…….I have definitely read that book 3 times….WHEN you have your party, you wouldn't mind having a link up party as well would you? Complete with people wearing hoop skirts in their pictures?….You know….for people who would like to do that sort of thing…..Hahaha okay I'm a weirdo! That's awesome that you love that book so much!

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    Amanda @ The Little Giggler
    July 19, 2011 at 3:28 am

    LOVE IT!! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    July 19, 2011 at 3:43 am

    such a GREAT idea… I love it!
    it looks good on you (and your mama). This little craft my just inspire me to blow my hair straight :0)

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    ilene @ muchloveilly
    July 19, 2011 at 3:51 am

    that's super impressive!!! love this!!!

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    ilene @ muchloveilly
    July 19, 2011 at 3:51 am

    that's super impressive!!! love this!!!

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    July 19, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Genius idea 🙂 Your momma has GORGEOUS hair! 🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

    ooh i like it! thanks for making it so easy

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    Posh House Originals
    July 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Ok… so this is an amazing and simple idea to add some feathers in the hair without going to the salon! love it and of course they look adorable on you! I'll have to make one for my little girl to add some funk:)

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I love it! I think I'll give it a try!

    Kelli @

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Super cute!

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    July 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Very cute and awesome! I might try this, but I already know the hubs would laugh his head off if I wear it.

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    Nicole ♥
    July 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    lOVE THIS! I have been wanting them and now I can get them without the salon price and without them being permanent 🙂

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    Amanda Lewis
    July 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Ashley this is such a great idea! You are seriously so talented! xoxo

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    Generation wYno
    July 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    SO cuuuuute! I'm addicted to your blog!

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    Sara K
    July 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Life List. You've inspired me to create my 100 things to do in life.
    P.S. I love your blog!

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    ana {bluebirdkisses}
    July 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I love feathers!! so pretty 😀

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    July 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Ashley – you are genius!! Such a cute idea!! I have a feather extension, but, I will definitely be making myself one of these! I shared it on my website so my friends can enjoy too! (

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    dana @ wonder forest
    July 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    love it! very creative
    xo dana

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    July 20, 2011 at 4:28 am

    those are so adorable!!!

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    Misty Marie
    July 20, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Love love love this headband, I can't wait to make my own!!! xo

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    July 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    last night i made my fiance the taquios from the recipe you posted a while back (i crept your blog all day yesterday!). he loved them! i loved them too and i esp loved that they were soo easy to make. i added cheese before i rolled them up and they were gooey and delish!

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    Daisy Girl's Art Studio
    July 21, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Love it!! Super cute!! 🙂

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    July 22, 2011 at 4:05 am

    You are just the best!! I love how you share your creative tips/process and inspiration with other bloggers! Soo appreciated!! I am having a MAJOR slumpy blogger stage and this is exactly what I needed to hear.

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    Tere y Zita
    July 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Just lovely!! Itt´s such a great idea and so beautifull!!
    I am a spanish designer, I make all type of accesories and refashion clothes… I love all you posts and I am following you from several months ago…
    Keep on and very good luck!!
    kisses xxx

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    July 23, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I probably just spent way too much time on your blog. I just found it, and I think I'm your newest follower. You are so creative and I love the way you write! Not only do I feel so inspired by the picture you've painted of who you are and what you believe, but i am so glad for all your blog tips, they've really helped me.

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    July 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    i love this!!! what a cool idea! now i have the perfect gift idea for my girlfriend! 🙂

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    July 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    This is SO genius! I've wanted to jump on the feather extension train, but I've held off because I knew I wouldn't want to have them every day. <3 Love it!

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