Native American Indian Headband Craft for Kids

This Native American Indian headband craft makes a fun Thanksgiving craft for kids or just for fun. The Native American Indian played an important role in the first Thanksgiving. This kids Thanksgiving craft uses simple paper products, some fun colors for the feathers and to decorate the headband plus other simple craft supplies.

Although we think of the headband (or headdress) worn by Natives to be rich with feathers and elaborate, they did not wear these everyday. Instead they were for special occassions or celebrations.

So make yours special in order to celebrate Thanksgiving. You can make yours as simple as you want or dress it up with some beads and real feathers.


  • Brown or Tan Paper
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • Feathers (optional)
  • Beads (optional)

How to Make an Indian Headband Craft

Step 1: Cut a strip of brown paper about 2 to 3 inches wide. Make it long enough so that when you bring both ends together it will sit on the child’s head comfortably.

We used some craft scissors with a wavy design to cut ours just to give it a bit more flare.

Tip: If you need it to be longer, just cut two strips and tape it together.

Step 2: Using your crayons or markers, decorate the outside of the strip (the side you will see once you tape both ends together).

Step 3: Bring both ends together to form the headband and tape or glue together.

Step 4: Cut out several feathers using colored construction paper. Cut small slits on both sides of your feathers leaving about 1/2″ in the middle uncut.

Step 5: Glue the feathers to the back of the headband.

Step 6 Optional:

Cut out one more feather. Then glue some real feathers to the bottom of the feather (so that when you hang the feather upside down, the bottom becomes the top and the top becomes the bottom – see picture). Add a string of beads and glue this onto the feather.

Step 7: Glue this feather to the side of the headband and hang it upside down so that it will hang down when you wear the headband.

This Native American Indian headband craft is a fun kids Thanksgiving activity and has been a traditional craft for many during the holidays.