little boy smiling with paper carnival headpiece on his head


Celebrate Caribbean Carnival In Style With A Paper Headpiece Craft

Jul 27, 2020

Just because celebrations have gone virtual, doesn't mean you and your littles can't celebrate Caribbean Carnival in style with this bright bold headpiece.

The headpiece can be worn on its own or as the perfect finishing touch for your child's Caribbean Carnival costume. Then they can parade around the house, or dance to the rhythms of steel pan or Soca music. 

Your child can learn about past Caribbean Carnival celebrations and how they can get the party started at home here.

What You'll Need

  • assorted colourful construction paper or card stock — 8.5” x 11”
  • piece of bristol board or card stock — 22.5” x 28.5”
  • colourful stickers or stick-on gems
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • ruler

materials needed for the craft

How It's Made

1. Start the headpiece by choosing three different pieces of colourful paper. Using your pencil, draw three semicircles of different sizes (2”, 2.5”, 3.5” widths). Use the ruler to help you measure. Cut out the semicircles then glue all three pieces together from smallest to largest. 

gluing the semi-circles together

2. Next, glue your semicircles onto a new colour of paper. Use your pencil to draw a flower shape around it, then cut it out. Glue the flower shape onto a different colour of paper, then use your pencil to draw a slightly bigger flower shape around it and then cut it out.

drawing flower around semicircle

3. To make the headband, turn your bristol board or card stock lengthwise. Take your ruler and pencil and mark a height of two inches somewhere on the side of the paper (this will be your guide). Then cut along the full width of the paper from your guide until you have a long strip of paper. Place the strip around your child’s head to fit, then glue the band together.

fitting the two inch band on child's head

4. Next, choose two different colours of construction paper or card stock and use your pencil to draw long feather like shapes in two different sizes: 10 small (4”) and 14 large (6”). Use your ruler to measure the height. After all your feathers are drawn out, cut them out.

drawing feathers to cut out

5. Now you have all your pieces and are ready to assemble.

pieces cut out and ready to assemble

6. Flip over your flower-shaped piece. Distribute and glue the feather pieces on the back starting with the small pieces, then the large pieces. Let dry before you go on to the next step.

gluing feathers to back of centre piece

7. Next glue your headband on to the back of your feathered headpiece, press down and let dry.

gluing headband to centre piece with feathers

8. Flip your headpiece over and decorate with gems, or stickers or glitter. Have fun with it!

decorating the headpiece with stick-on gems

And wow! You’re done, and ready to dance and have fun, or pose for a selfie.

little boy with completed headpiece on

Article Author Vanessa Magic
Vanessa Magic

Read more from Vanessa here.

Vanessa Magic is a writer, award-winning costume designer and musician. She loves making up magical stories and singing songs to her adorable four-year-old son. When she is not in mama mode, she facilitates workshops with Inclusive Stylist Toronto, an initiative she co-founded that encourages inclusivity within the film industry for costume design and wardrobe styling. Currently, she is a participant in the BIPOC Film and TV Kids writing workshop where she is developing an afro-futurist science-based show.

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