I started by spray painting the turkey feathers I’d been given to work with. To hold the feathers upright and not have them blow away as I sprayed, I came up with the cereal box idea. Lay an empty cereal box on it’s side, punch holes with a pen or knife into a grid pattern then insert feathers.
Some colors worked better than others, brighter spray paint really stands out, even more so if you layer on the paint. I rotated the box as I sprayed different colors and didn’t worry too much about overspraying colors.
The piece of brown felt is 20″ long and 4″ wide, folded in half width wise. In the interest of time, I didn’t bother turning the seam, I just left the raw edge exposed. The green rick rack was just sewed down the middle on the front.
I added a swatch of elastic (3″ long piece) to the back so the headband so it would fit assorted 2nd grader heads.
I cut tiny slits on the inside of the headband, just big enough to thread the bottom of the feather through a couple of times and hold it steady. I don’t think it was particularly comfortable, but you could add another layer of cloth tape or fleece to the inside (over the bottom of the feathers) if you so desired to make it more cozy.