Native American Headband Thanksgiving Craft

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If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make a Native American Headband or Thanksgiving hat then look no further! Today we have an easy and simple thanksgiving craft to help you celebrate Native American culture and the Thanksgiving season. It’s a simple colorful and fun Native American headband you can make at home with the kids or create in the classroom setting. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get crafting!

Thanksgiving and the Native American Headband

Every November we celebrate Thanksgiving. We say “Thank you” to the people who helped us survive in the new world, and to God. We also eat lots of food!

But why do we celebrate? What is the history behind Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621. Pilgrims who were seeking religious freedom came to America from England. They crossed the ocean in a ship called The Mayflower.

The Pilgrims first landed in what is now Massachusetts and named their new home Plymouth after where they came from, England, which is called “Plymouth” today.

The Pilgrims met Native American Indians and brought them food. The Indians taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and where to get water.

The Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time that year in November with a feast together. They invited their Native American friends, who also shared some of their food with the Pilgrims.

During the time that the Pilgrims were in America, they had a headband with turkey feathers on their head and a belt around their waist with seashells on it. Native American Indians gave them these things to one another when they helped each other.

 We celebrate Thanksgiving today because we are thankful for all of the wonderful things we have. We also celebrate it to remember the picture of friendship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans, which still continues today.

Did you know that the headband and belt are now part of an outfit? You can wear the headband with turkey feathers, like a headband but with feathers attached on both sides. This is the craft we will make today. Enjoy!


Materials Needed for This Thanksgiving Headband


How to Make a Native American Feather Heaband

I’ll now show you how to make this simple and fun Thanksgiving craft with kids.

Step One – Cutting the Foam

Cut brown foam into strips 2 inches wide by 8 inches long.

Step Two – Make Holes in Your Headband

Poke a small hole in each side of the strip. Cut a length of string about 10 inches long and poke through one side of the headband. Tie into a knot. Poke the elastic through the other side but do not tie.

punching a hole in native american headband

Step Three – Decorate Your Native American Headband

Cut the red, green, yellow, and orange foam into small squares.

Decorate the headband using the squares. Allow to dry.

Step Four – Add Feathers to Your Thanksgiving Headband

Flip the headband and attach the feathers to the back of the headband. Allow to dry.

Place the headband on the child and gently tighten the elastic using the loose end.

Remove the headband and tie the loose end in a knot. Cut any excess elastic.

Step Five – Your Native American Feather Headband Is Complete

The kids can now wear their Thanksgiving hats as you teach them all about gratitude, sharing and giving. You may want to read some thanksgiving stories or do more fun thanksgiving art projects. Why not check out our Pilgrim and Native American popsicle sticks activity. Enjoy!


If you love this fun Thanksgiving craft idea then please do pin this pinterest and help me share this great idea with others. Happy Thanksgiving!

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy crafts here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!

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