How to Make a Snakeskin Hatband


Making a snakeskin hatband can take several days. But don't rush through the process, as improperly prepared snakeskin can mold or become messy. If you don't want to kill a snake for its skin, snakeskin can be purchased through many online vendors. Snakeskin prepping kits can also be purchased online or where hunting supplies are sold. Before removing a snake's skin, make sure it is dead.

Things You'll Need

  • Snakeskin
  • Scissors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Glycerin
  • Container with lid
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine

Prepping the Snakeskin

  • Kill the snake by chopping off its head with a sharp tool. Shovels work well for decapitating snakes.

  • Turn over the snake belly-side up and insert the scissors at the neck. Cut down the length of the skin. Peel the skin from the snake.

  • Scrape away any remaining meat and fat from the inside of the skin.

  • Mix 1 part glycerin with 1 part rubbing alcohol. You need enough liquid so the snakeskin will be fully covered.

  • Place the snakeskin in the container and cover for 48 hours, stirring once at the 24-hour mark.

  • Remove the skin from the container. Rinse with warm water and rub with glycerin.

  • Hang the skin for another 24 hours, wiping with a clean cloth when done.

Making the Hatband

  • Measure the area of the hat where the snakeskin will be placed.

  • Lay the snakeskin on a flat surface. Cut the snakeskin to match the length of the area on the hat the snakeskin will wrap.

  • Turn the snakeskin over flesh-side out, and sew the ends together lengthwise. This will create a long tube.

  • Turn the snakeskin right-side out so the skin is visible. Properly prepared snakeskin is very pliable.

  • Sew the ends of the snakeskin tube together to create a circle, then fit over the hat.

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