View Full Version : Naruto Headband / Forehead Protector Tutorial

01-08-2009, 08:58 PM
Yesterday I sat down to make a headband, and I thought "Hey, I might as well do a tutorial", so here it is; Enjoy.

Here's what you'll need. (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0763.jpg)
Foam board (found in hobby lobby by picture frames)
Fabric glue
Gorilla glue
Your choice of Grey/silver/chrome/platinum paint. (Not shown in picture) I used a silver Krylon "hammered finish" spray paint.
Sand paper
A pencil
Tape measure
Razor blade (Or just scissors for you youngsters) :crylaugh:
Fabric of your choice - I used dark blue canvas for this tutorial. It's thick, and doesn't really fray. Also, if you buy enough, the same fabric can be used to make Naruto Ninja sandals.

I can't tell you how much all of this costs, I already had everything in the house except the foam board, which cost me 3.12

Okay, start by Measuring your forehead (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0757.jpg) to figure out how big the plate should be. I made mine five inches.
So Mark your foamboard (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0758.jpg) accordingly. I made my rectangle 6x1.5 inches, just so I had some room to work on the ends.
Using your razor, cut the rectangle out (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0760.jpg) and round the corners (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0761.jpg) I just eyeballed the angles, nothing fancy. Afterwords I hit the edges with Sand paper to smooth it.
Now, lay the plate on your fabric, and measure an inch on either side (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0764.jpg)
Now here, you can wrap the tape measure around your head, and figure out how long you need your headband to be, with enough to tie it/look dramatic :toothy:. Mine is 38 inches.
(Note) If you are using canvas, you don't have to do this next part, because your wrap probably won't fray anyways, but it will still make it look a lot better, and your headband will like you more.
Now fold your fabric over so that there is just enough to be seen on either side of the plate. Like this. (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0767.jpg) (also, here you see the Tropicana I was drinking). Then, Squirt some glue in, and fold it down. (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0768.jpg)

You're done with the wrap for now, throw that aside for about a day, and focus on the plate for a second. Draw in the symbol for whatever village you're doing, Konoha in this case, and use a sharp pencil to dig into the foam a li'l. This will create a groove which will help you out later.
Now take a spatula or something, and create a series of breaks in the back of the foam, Like so (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0803.jpg) This will let it flex across your forehead without snapping the front. Now, take your headband to the garage, or somewhere outside where it won't get disturbed or wet, and PAINT IT!!! Let this sit over night'ish.
Now here is a judgment call for you. You can leave it how it looks (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0769.jpg), or you can be cool like me, and color in the groove (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0770.jpg) with a super fine point sharpie.
Now take your gorilla glue and smear some (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0771.jpg) on the back of your plate, and press it onto your wrap (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0772.jpg) (prepared earlier). Allow this to sit for a day'ish, and voila! Naruto Headband! (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/skelingtonking/IMGA0801.jpg)
For the rivots, there are two options:
1) Add little dabs of hot glue onto the plate, and paint them.
2) Draw them in with a marker. :bigtu:

So that's pretty much it. Feel free to flex the details of this a little. Be adventurous!

Good luck making your own. Out of all the things I can do in my sleep, this is probably the hardest.

Questions? Comments? Whatevers? PM me if you feel so motivated.

01-09-2009, 11:56 AM
looks really good, but i am kind of curious why people wouldn't just shell out the 8-10 bucks for the metal one. Then again, sometimes I like to make my own version of stuff that is easily available for purchase. gotta make props. it's in the blood. :)

01-10-2009, 09:49 AM
I actually hate the way store bought headbands look. In a lot of cases, people do just shell out the 10 bucks for the head band, and I think it's kinda unfortunate to see, especially if the rest of the costume is handmade. But I mostly hate how metallic and chromy the store bought ones look. But this is all personal opinion.

I just made the tutorial so people could make their own if they want to. Ya know?

01-10-2009, 12:59 PM
only think i will add, is that adding a piece of smooth paper with the design cut out works very well also, then paint inside that, gives it a more engraved look.

and depending on what kind of paint you were using it would probly always be a good idea to prep the surface with a good primer before hand.

01-10-2009, 04:06 PM
Yeah, primer is always a good thing, but unfortunately I had none, and you know me, it's not always easy to get a ride into town.

The paper is a good idea. I'm making Chouji's bandana tonight, I'll try it.

01-10-2009, 07:11 PM
dude, making Choji's is needed. I actually bought one that is supposed to work for Choji and sucks majorly. good luck.

01-10-2009, 10:28 PM
Yeah, the paper thing didn't work out for me, but the konoha one is especially difficult. It would probably work for like, waterfall, rain, mist, grass, or sound.

I guess I could go grab the protector and attach it to the bandanna now. Paint will be dry, I'll finish it and post pictures tomorrow.