We’re staring a new do-it-yourself series here at Everybody is Ugly: featuring step by step instructions on how to create the “it” piece of the month. You all know what I’m talking about, the things we always see on the coolest bloggers, but never actually see in stores, or even on people in our everyday lives. The feathered crown, the Moschino belt, even the Jeffery Campbell Litas (although I’m not sure I could teach you how to make those). So let us know what you think, and what “it” piece should be featured next!
on the front page: Bambi Northwood-Blyth for Grazia Australia, May 2010
The Feathered Crown
While I’m unsure of the origins of this trend in the blogosphere, I can tell you that the crown/headdress style is seen in Native American culture, as well as ancient Aztec culture. Historically, feathers have been signs of celestial connections as well as symbolic for innocence, speed, and freedom. Read more about the meanings of feathers here.
Materials: Assorted feathers, hot glue gun, two pieces of ribbon/decorative band (one should be slightly wider than the other), scissors.
First, arrange the feathers in a pattern that you like. Cut a length of ribbon to fit around your head and tie in the back. Using the hot glue gun, attach the feathers to the ribbon you want on the inside of the band, the one that will lay against your head. Cut the feathers so that the ends are flush with the bottom of the ribbon. Next, take the ribbon or band that you want to be on the front and glue it over the feathers so that the excess width of the ribbon hangs below the end of the feathers. Fold that part of the ribbon over to the inside and glue. To wear, simply tie the ends of the ribbon around your head.
If you’re confused, feel free to comment or send me a note! I’ll be happy to help! (Also be sure to check out the pictures for guidance.)
Please note: This DIY article was not intended to connote racism or cultural misappropriation. We understand that this item has deep cultural significance. The feather crown is seen on many people and, as is noted in the article, it is inspired by Native American culture, and it is seen in many other cultures as well. This article is nothing more than trend spotting something that is popular amongst the fashion community as an accessory. Fashion is based on inspiration and interpretation—we see what we like, we copy it in our own way, with no harm intended.