How to Make a Native American Beaded Headdress With Safety Pins

Updated on October 24, 2017

Beaded safety pin headdresses are fun and easy to make. These beautiful headdresses can be used as decoration in a car by hanging them over the rear view mirror or in the home with other Native American d├ęcor. They are popular items that are often found for sale at trade shows, craft fairs and powwows.

Supplies Needed

  • 10 2-inch safety pins
  • 11 6mm round faceted acrylic beads
  • 33 8mm round faceted acrylic beads
  • 12 spaghetti beads
  • 15 inches of 20-gauge crafting wire
  • Round nose or needle nose pliers
  • 12 Feathers
  • 8 inches of 1/8 inch ribbon
  • Craft glue

Step 1

Cut a 4-inch length of 20 gauge crafting wire. With a pair of round nose pliers, curl one end of the wire into a small circle.

Step 2

Add an 8mm round faceted bead, a spaghetti bead and another 8mm bead to each safety pin and close.

Step 3

Slide a 6mm round faceted bead onto the wire and slide the bottom ring of a safety pin on next. Making sure all safety pin openings are facing the same direction, continue this process until all safety pins have been added. Add the last 6mm bead to the wire and with the round nose pliers, curl the end of the wire into a circle.

Step 4

Cut a 5-inch length of wire and with the pliers curl one end into a small circle. Slide an 8mm bead onto the wire. Push the wire through the opening at the top of the safety pin. Continue alternating 8mm beads and safety pins until all pins have been threaded through the wire, finishing with an 8mm bead at the end. Curl the end of the wire with the pliers. Bend the wires into the headdress shape.

Step 5

Cut two 2 1/4 inch pieces of 20-gauge wire. With the pliers, curl one end of each wire and loop it through the loops made at each end of the headdress and close. Slide an 8mm bead, a spaghetti bead, and another 8mm bead onto each wire and loop the ends to close.

Step 6

Place feathers in the ends of each bead at the top of the safety pins and glue in place. Glue a feather in the bottom bead of each dangling sidepiece. Allow to dry. Slide an 8-inch piece of 1/8 inch ribbon around the center safety pin and tie off for hanging.

You can substitute beads, just remember to add smaller beads at the front and larger beads at the top so that the headdress shape will form correctly.

Questions & Answers

  • Where can I get the flat beads to make a headdress?

    I get beads from my local craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby....beads can also be ordered online.


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      Bernice Stevenson 

      7 weeks ago

      Very very cute!!!- and I really appreciate you're clear and easy instructions!!!!!- am courious to how this can make anyone feel sad???

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      Melissa Melissa 

      7 months ago

      I'm native American Indian from White Earth reservation it's sad looking at this just as bad as the Halloween costumes

      of native Americans

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      Kielton Orange truck 

      14 months ago

      This makes me sad

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      2 years ago

      What size are the spaghetti beads??

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      3 years ago

      what is the size of the spaghetti beads or are they all the same size?

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with us, the instructions are well written and pictures are excellent.. Thank you!

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      5 years ago

      Wow very useful thank you! Voted useful and awesome and thumbed up! :)

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      6 years ago

      I am not sure what you would price these for, I was taught how to make these years ago...The last time I saw someone sellimg these, I think they were around $8.

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      v abou 

      6 years ago

      how much could you sell these minature head dresses for

    • VonShanks profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I found these feathers at the local Michael's craft store.

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      J. Messer 

      8 years ago

      What kind of feathers did u use

    • VonShanks profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderful comments...These headdresses are easily made and make beautiful decorations. I love making various color combinations. I think I will be adding this to my etsy store.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed your clear instructions and the great photographs you included in this hub. It makes me think that even I could make one of these fascinating feather and bead headdresses! Nice hub!

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      8 years ago

      I don't think I could make this because beading is hard on my eyes. But, I did enjoy how you wrote this, displayed what was needed and mapped it out step-by-step. Voted up, useful and interesting. Bookmarked for when I get new glasses. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      Fantastic, great instructions! Thanks a lot.

    • ColetteCounts profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      This is such a neat idea. I will definitely be making one (or more!) of these soon. Thanks!


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