Style

Make Your Own Halo

Like a necklace for your head.

There are so many things to love about flapper style. The carefully waved bobs, the exaggerated makeup, the intricately beaded and fringed dresses, and a general zest for life—these are all things I’m trying to incorporate into my life in 2013.

Left: source unknown; right: Het Leven magazine, 1920.

For inspiration, I’ve been poring over photos of women in the 1920s, and I’ve also been dazzled by their freaking awesome headwear. Felt cloches, jeweled headbands, and elaborate crowns were de rigeur back then—you could probably pick one up at your local department store. Now, alas, they’re much harder to find. Lucky for us, this one—a simple, sparkling feathered halo inspired by the crowning glories of yore—is not only easy but also mighty cheap to make at home.

What you’ll need:

  • Beads of various sizes and shapes
  • A whole bunch of crafting wire that’s thin enough to run through your beads
  • Feathers of various sizes (I used a large peacock feather and some smaller white feathers).
  • A flat pendant or brooch with lots of openwork (holes) that you can easily weave wire through (I got mine in the clearance section at Michaels).
  • Scissors

How to make it:

1. Cut a length of wire long enough to fit around your head (it should rest on top, like a halo, without being too tight or falling onto your ears). Leave an inch of space extra for later. I like to use crafting wire because it’s strong, malleable, and extremely easy to thread beads onto.

2. String a bead onto one end of your wire, then loop the end of the wire down and twist it under the bead so that it’s secure, like a knot. This will prevent all your beads from sliding right off!

3. Fill the wire with beads until you have roughly an inch of bare wire left. Take that inch and twist it multiple times around the first knot you made, making sure it’s secure.

Pretty, right? You can stop here if you want, or continue on if you crave MORE FLAIR.

5. Cut a piece of wire that’s a few inches long. Take out your largest feather, and place a few of your smaller ones around the base. Form a bunch by pinching them together at the quills (the little “stems” at the bottom). Then wrap the wire tightly around the quills to keep them together.

6. Press your brooch or pendant against the base of the feather bundle, then take loads of wire and just weave it through the openwork and around the feathers over and over until everything is firmly held in place.

7. Use even more wire (so much wire!) to attach the feathers to your wire halo, again, weaving the wire through the openwork and wrapping it around the halo—repeat until the pendant doesn’t move when you gently shake the halo. The wire is sturdy enough that the feather(s) should stand tall when you finally place the halo atop your head, you angel, you. ♦

26 Comments

  • rosiesayrelax January 23rd, 2013 3:06 PM

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. oh, to be a flapper. Does anyone actually know how to get flapper waves? because I don’t and I would love to try it.

    http://rosieandthewolf.blogspot.co.uk/

  • MissKnowItAll January 23rd, 2013 3:24 PM

    Beautiful :)
    Can you please do a how-to on how to do a fishtail braid?

    • barbroxursox January 23rd, 2013 5:19 PM

      I second that! My hair is finally long enough for a fishtail braid now!

    • Tyknos93 January 23rd, 2013 6:18 PM

      They are RIDICULOUSLY easy. I feel so lame because I wanted to try them for years and it really is the simplest hairstyle to do!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctkXA4V0zTg
      I used this girl’s tutorial for when my hair is pressed (or flat-ironed). Yes, I watch youtube videos because I have no idea how to do my own hair…

      http://blazoningpens.blogspot.com/

  • Mary the freak January 23rd, 2013 3:28 PM

    NOW MY LIFE IS OFFICIALLY COMPLETE.

    http://birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com/

  • Booklover97 January 23rd, 2013 5:25 PM

    THIS IS THE BEST. THE BEST, I SAY. I’M GOING TO TRY IT RIGHT NOW. FLAPPERS 4 EVER
    http://thepseudo-intellectual.blogspot.com/?m=1

  • AmyL January 23rd, 2013 6:28 PM

    This is probably the greatest thing I’ve ever seen! Going on my DIY list!!

    intergalactic-dragons.blogspot.com

  • Guinevere January 23rd, 2013 7:15 PM

    The 1920s are literally my FAVORITE thing ever right now (though Françoise Hardy is giving them a real run for their money), so this is so amazinggg! I’ll have to make one this weekend.

  • llamalina January 23rd, 2013 7:19 PM

    this is so so gorgeous i can’t even contemplate how gorgeous and perff it is. i’m trying to convince my friend to throw a gatsby party and if he does i am going to make a bajillion of these and omg omg i love this.

    http://llamalina.blogspot.com

  • Belinda January 23rd, 2013 7:38 PM

    YES

  • HollinsCollins January 23rd, 2013 8:02 PM

    Dude I want those magazines from the 20′s (that the picture of the flapper girl was from).
    And also I am TOTES doin this sometime :D so cuuuuteee.

  • 3LL3NH January 23rd, 2013 8:26 PM

    I love it. Rookie has the greatest ideas.

  • Mikazuki42 January 23rd, 2013 8:54 PM

    Oh this is so awesome, I’m definitely going to try this!

  • Guinevere January 23rd, 2013 9:24 PM

    AND ALSO, the Phoenix Art Museum has a collection of women’s clothing from the 1920s on display right now. http://media.bonnint.net/az/29/2987/298778.jpg

    I went a few weeks ago, but ohmyGOSH everything was so beautiful!!! There was stuff by Chanel and ton of other wonderful designers.

  • streaked lights January 23rd, 2013 9:28 PM

    Ahh that’s gorgeous! I LOVE flapper style!
    I think if you really wanna up the flair, you could make several layers of those beaded-chain-things, and join them together… IDK.

    http://www.anooshadraws.blogspot.com

  • StrawberryTwist January 23rd, 2013 10:14 PM

    This is BEAUTFUL! :D
    Who says we can’t all dress up like flappers on any given day?
    I HAVE to try this :)

    http://fashiononfire.org/

  • Jessica W January 24th, 2013 1:11 AM

    Holy crap I can finally realise my dreams of being a 1920s flapper
    THANK YO ROOKIE <3

    The Lovelorn

  • Elspbeth January 24th, 2013 4:44 AM

    I literally just finished watching Metropolis, this is amazing.

    • Isabelle97 January 24th, 2013 2:14 PM

      oh my god I love that film! The scene where the city is flooding is brilliant…actually, all of it’s brilliant :)

      • Elspbeth January 26th, 2013 2:03 AM

        That is a great scene :) Apparently Fritz Lang kept the water really cold so the actors looked genuinely uncomfortable…

  • Lucy23 January 24th, 2013 8:03 AM

    I love this! Posted on my birthday too!! <3

  • simplebutchic January 25th, 2013 4:10 PM

    So lovely!! I’m going to have to make this!

    http://simplebutchic.blogspot.com/

  • asylum January 26th, 2013 11:13 AM

    Super Cool!

    http://this-asylum.blogspot.in

  • sissiLOL January 26th, 2013 11:19 AM

    LOVE!!!!! :-)))))
    Can I make it with paperbells? (with paperbells i mean papierperlen. I am from germany.)

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica June 2nd, 2013 11:08 AM

    Wow!!! This is so pretty and shiny and I love it.