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!
– Jewelry wire (24 or 26 gauge)
– 3-in-1 jewelry pliers
*The bead color and style is up to you. Just make sure the wire fits through the bead holes.
1. Cut a 24 inch (61 centimeters) length of wire.
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.
3. Take the wire on each side and tightly wrap it around the headband once or twice.
4. Tightly twist the wire 3 to 5 times.
5. Add a bead.
6. Twist the wire a couple more times.
7. Add a bead. Continue the sequence of twisting, adding a bead, twisting, etc.
8. Continue until you have about 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of twisted beaded wire.
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.
10. Twist the wire tightly.
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.
12. Bend the wire to create a pointed tip. Use the jewelry pliers for assistance, if needed.
This completes one ear.
13. Repeat the steps to make the second ear.
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez
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