Needle Felted Halloween Costume Headbands + Headpieces

by Zee Kesler

Needle Felted Halloween Costume Headbands, Headpieces & Masks

Felted costume Halloween masks and other props are a great way to engage your students (or yourself) in design thinking, and drafting. Need an affordable last minute costume for Halloween or for a themed party?  All you need is just a couple hours effort, Magic Trout Imaginarium flat sheet of felt, wool, an earth friendly re-useable jute felting bag, and felting needle, and (for some projects) a couple additional art supplies from the dollar store!

Beginner Needle Felting Project

Half Face Felted Halloween Mask

Sugar Skulls made by @erinpasternak   

A half face  Halloween mask is a simple project for a beginner to felting. Another name for a half face mask is a ‘Domino’ mask; aka a masks that covers only the space around the eyes and across the nose. This project is easy and takes only a couple hours, can be made flat or can be built up to have 3 dimensional features by adding additional layers of wool.

Cost: $5-$10

Supplies Needed: flat sheet of felt, Magic Trout Imaginarium wool, an earth friendly re-useable jute felting bag, and felting needle found in our shop, chalk(or light colored pencil crayon) scissors, a ribbon or string

Intermediate Needle Felting Project:

Full Face  Halloween Mask

Bunny Mask made by @erinpasternak

A full face mask is a more advanced project due to the skill, time and amount of materials required. The Bunny Mask project on the left was created by artist @erinpasternak


This Halloween mask project is a bit more advanced, in that it uses skills from beginner, intermediate and advanced needle felting projects. The ears use a wire armature structure for stability which you can learn in the Magic Trout Imaginarium's Deer Antler Headpiece Tutorial

Cost: $10-15

Supplies Needed:  flat sheet of felt, Magic Trout Imaginarium wool, an earth friendly re-useable jute felting bag, and felting needle found in our shop, chalk(or light colored pencil crayon) scissors, pipe cleaners or wire (for ear stability) a ribbon or string and soap and water.

Advanced Needle Felting + Wet Felting Project:

Deer Antler Headband

Antlers by @ magictroutimaginarium

In this project, a headband is used to attach to antlers. The antlers are made with pipecleaner armatures for stability as well as wet felted ears!

Cost: $4-10

Supplies Needed: Headband with thick base, 20 ish g of wool Glue glue, glue sticks, wool, 10 pipecleaners( or 4 m wire and 4 pipecleaners) felting block, felting needle, spray bottle, dish soap, plastic ziplock bag.

This project is available in a kit our shop

Access the Magic Trout Imaginarium's Felted Deer Antler Headband Tutorial

Headpieces and Fascinators

Space Headpiece

Made by @randomactsofmaking

A space fascinator is a fun project that requires beginner level felting skills, with intermediate level technical skills for assembly. This project was created by Emily Smith as part of her partnership with the Magic Trout Imaginarium's artist residency at Trout Lake Community Centre.

Cost: $5-10

Supplies Needed: flat sheet of felt, Magic Trout Imaginarium wool roving, felting block, felting needle from our shop scissors, stiff wire (for planets) a ribbon or string and a dumpling frying strainer.

This project requires felting several 3D spheres to create planets. For instructions on how to create a ball shape with wool, use Magic Trout Imaginarium's Needle Felted Eyeball Tutorial, and adjust according to the colors you'd like your planets.

Woman with short hair with blond streaks wearing a maroon Needle felted slug headpiece for Halloween

Slug Headpiece

made by @randomactsofmaking

This project was created in a workshop run by Emily Smith as part of the Creatures of Trout Lake workshop at the Magic Trout Imaginarium. This was back when the Imaginarium was a mobile classroom!  The Slug Fascinator headpiece requires intermediate level felting skills and was created by Emily Smith as part of her partnership with the Magic Trout Imaginarium's artist residency at Trout Lake Community Centre.

Cost: $5-7

Supplies Needed: Magic Trout Imaginarium wool roving, felting block, felting needle from our shop, scissors, stiff wire or pipe cleaners (for antennae from dollarstore) and a ribbon or string.

Videos for these projects are found on the Magic Trout Imaginarium Youtube channel

Gain Confidence and Improve your Felting Skills

If you want to learn how to Needle Felt Magic Trout Imaginarium offers workshops and tutorials in beginner intermediate and advanced felting that can be hosted at team building events, conferences and educational professional development days.

Join our Online Felting Course!

To book a workshop email zee@magictroutimaginarium.com