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Womad Festival: How to make a... festival feather hair braid

Posted by Kelly OConnor Digital and Events Marketing Coordinator

28th Jul 2012

We love a bit of DIY Fashion and crafts, and at Womad Festival we wanted to show that the clothes you have can be loved for longer.

The lovely ladies at Mollie Makes craft magazine joined us on site to give us some top tips on how to get crafty with the clothes from the Oxfam Festival shop.

Alongside material covered buttons, t-shirt scarves and friendship bracelets - we've decided to share one of our fav on site activities, material feather hair braids. A perfect accessory for your festival fashion look!

How to make...

First of all, you will need:

A thick crocodile clip

Some material or clothing you no longer wear

Coloured thread

Bead, feathers (or both!)


1.Cut the material about one inch wide and as long as you want the feather braid to be.

2. Get the crocodile clip and fold about an inch of the material between the middle

3. Take the coloured thread and tie a double knot at the top so the thread is secure and the material is attached to the clip.

4. Wrap the material around the fabric, so it forms a tube shape. Keep it tight, but not so tight that you can't fit the feathers underneath. Every few inches knot the thread around the material so it stays secure.

5.When you get to the end double knot the thread around the material.

6. Here is the fun bit get your feathers and feed them underneath the thread - as many or as little as you like.

7. Done! If you want to be more experimental (like the festival goers at Womad) you can add beads to the thread as your wrapping it around, or knot another piece of thread to the end of your material, add beads and then knot so they fall down under the feathers.


Making this was so much fun and it was great to see how individual everybody's braid looked - from blue feathers and patterned material, to beads and buttons.

The best thing of all being that the material was re-used. A sustainable festival fashion treat!

Thank you to Mollie Makes for showing us how to make this braid and the other DIY items. At Womad the magazine is also supporting Oxfam by offering £5 to us for every subscription sold. You get four magazines for £6 - it's one of our favourite magazines, beautifully laid out and easy to follow craft ideas so we think it's a winner!

We'll be sharing our favourite DIY'd accessories from the Womad weekend on here - let us know what you think of them

Blog post written by Kelly OConnor

Digital and Events Marketing Coordinator

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