Making a Hindu Halloween Headdress
You will have fun dressing up for Halloween as a Hindu God while learning some mythology with this easy to make Hindu Headdress. It is similar to those used in Indian festivals to act out scenes from the stories of Rama, Sita and Hanuman.
Ruler, pencil, 2 large sheets of red card stock, scissors, transparent tape, strips of corrugated cardboard, red paint, brushes, string, tacks, brightly colored acrylic paints, glue, stapler, water container, tin foil candy or gum wrappers and or commercially available metallic decorative shapes.
1. Laying the card stock horizontally, draw two straight lines with the pencil and ruler which angle toward the center at the top, on each side of your paper . You will be creating a cone. Connect the angled lines with a curved line on the top and another on the bottom.
2. Cut along your lines.
3. Roll the card stock into a cone shape that is narrower at the top. The bottom of the card should be wide enough to fit on your head comfortably. Staple and seal the edge with tape.
4. Tape a strip of corrugated cardboard around the base of your headdress shape, but leave a gap at the back where the seam is.
5. Leaving a gap for the flat piece that will be added later at the back of the hat, attach strips of corrugated cardboard around the middle and top of the cone. If you are using the colorful metallic corrugated cardboard that can be purchased at art stores you can use it as a decorative element. If you used brown card, paint it red or another color that will compliment the design that will be made on the back disk attachment to the hat.
6. Measure the height of your cone. Using a string and tack as a compass, draw a circle with a diameter that matches the height of the cone.
7. Carefully cut out the circle.
8. Using assorted brightly colored paint, tin foil, candy wrappers or commercially available decorative shapes, decorate the headdress creating a pattern of concentric circles. Allow this to dry completely. Turn and decorate the other side and allow to dry thouroughly.
9. Glue, staple and tape your cone to the decorated circle that will be attached to the back of the cone.
Now add blue face paint with accentuated eyeliner and have a great time looking at some Indian art to see how the rest of your costume might look. Happy Halloween!