Handmade Halloween: DIY Beaded-Wire Cat Ear Headband

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Finished Beaded Wire Cat Ear Headband

Halloween is a great holiday for an avid DIYer. Everyone’s craftiness makes an appearance on All Hallows’ Eve, whether it’s through a full-blown costume or a festive embellishment to mix with regular clothing. For this project, I decided to take some DIY-jewelry inspiration to make a simple but fun Halloween accessory — cat ears!

Supplies for Beaded Wire Cat Ear Headband DIY project

Supplies:

– Headband
– Jewelry wire (24 or 26 gauge)
– Beads*
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers

*The bead color and style is up to you. Just make sure the wire fits through the bead holes.

Cutting wire to create beaded cat ears

1. Cut a 24 inch (61 centimeters) length of wire.

Wrapping wire around a headband

2. Fold the wire in half and place the headband in the center “fold.” Position the wire off to the side, about 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) from the middle of the headband. This will be the beginning of the outside of one ear.

Wrapping wire around a headband

3. Take the wire on each side and tightly wrap it around the headband once or twice.

Wrapping wire around a headband

4. Tightly twist the wire 3 to 5 times.

Bead added to wire

5. Add a bead.

Bead added to wire

6. Twist the wire a couple more times.

Multiple beads added to twisted craft wire

7. Add a bead. Continue the sequence of twisting, adding a bead, twisting, etc.

Multiple beads added to twisted craft wire

8. Continue until you have about 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of twisted beaded wire.

Wrapping wire around headband

9. Wrap the beaded wire around the headband, about 2 or 3 inches (5.08 to 7.62 centimeters) to the center from where you started.

Wrapping wire around headband

10. Twist the wire tightly.

Wrapping wire around headband

11. Trim and flatten the wire ends against the headband. Optional: Add a dot of hot glue or clear nail polish to the end if it bothers you when you wear the headband.

Beaded Wire Cat Ear Headband halfway completed

12. Bend the wire to create a pointed tip. Use the jewelry pliers for assistance, if needed.

Beaded Wire Cat Ear Headband halfway completed

This completes one ear.

Finished Beaded Wire Cat Ear Headband

13. Repeat the steps to make the second ear.

Finished Beaded Wire Cat Ear Headband

Happy Halloween!

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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