How to Make a Toga Headdress

Dress up your toga costume with a laurel wreath headpiece.
Dress up your toga costume with a laurel wreath headpiece. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Whether you're attending a frat party, or you're looking for an easy-to-create Halloween costume, a toga is a simple choice, as the core of the costume consists of a white sheet draped around your body. To make a toga costume more authentic, accessorize your toga with a laurel wreath headpiece. Ancient Greeks wore these wreaths to symbolize victory and glory. While the authentic versions of these headpieces were made from the leaves and branches of the laurel tree or olive tree, you can make your own rendition with a few basic craft supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Ivy vine
  • Wire cutting scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gold cord

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Purchase an ivy vine from a craft supply store. The vine should contain silk leaves that resemble the leaves of an ivy vine.

Clip off the leaves from the vine with a pair of wire cutting scissors.

Apply a dab of hot glue to the back of a leaf and press it onto the outside edge of a green plastic headband. Attach the first leaf to the left side of the headband.

Apply one leaf to the headband at a time, moving from the left to the right of the headband. Continue adding leaves until the entire headband is covered with leaves.

Measure a length of thin gold-colored cord to fit the entire length of the exterior of the headband.

Run hot glue along the gold cord and press it onto the left edge of the headband on top of the leaves. Run the gold cord along the entire surface of the headband so that it sits on top of the leaves.

Glue one leaf to both the left and right end of the headband on top of the cord to conceal the edges of the cord.

Wear the headband in the traditional manner on top of your head, or wear it around the back of your head, as the Romans wore their laurel wreaths.

Tips & Warnings

  • Exercise caution while using the hot glue gun, as it can potentially cause burns.

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