I started making Zip Tie crowns after seeing the AMAZING Sun Goddess Crown Headband Instructable in 2018. This is one of my favorite simple projects to create a bold and lightweight accessory with zip ties aka cable ties.
Above is the project that inspired me (left) along with a shot of my first piece (right).
In 2019, while planning to host a Zip Tie Crown Making workshop at Burning Man, I came across so many other ways to create with zip ties. See the below instructions and inspirational photos, many from the participants at the workshop.
Materials + Tools:
Zip ties aka cable ties - multiple sizes work well; color doesn’t matter. If you don't have a bunch of these around, you should!
Spray Paint, metallics & neon colors look best
Cutting implement, like little snips
Based on the design, you might want a base, like a hair tie or a headband. Both metal or plastic headbands work, but my preference is metal. You could also 3d print one if you have a few hours.
How to make:
Pick and plan for your design.
Tie zip ties.
If desired, spray paint, flip over, spray paint, and dry. You can also spray paint the zip ties before and/or during the process for some different effects. Check out the hat accessory below or some of the ombre effects with multiple colors.
Zip Ties + A Hair Tie:
Zip Ties + Headband, Halo edition:
Zip Ties + Headband, Lotus edition:
Zip Ties, No Base Needed:
Burning Man Workshop, 2019:
These Etsy sellers have fun designs for sale that can be used as inspiration: