How to Make a Snakeskin Hatband

by Jennifer Habersham ; Updated September 28, 2017

Snakeskin comes in a variety of colors.

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Making a snakeskin hatband can take several days. But don’t rush through the process, as improperly prepared snakeskin can mold or become messy. If you don’t want to kill a snake for its skin, snakeskin can be purchased through many online vendors. Snakeskin prepping kits can also be purchased online or where hunting supplies are sold. Before removing a snake’s skin, make sure it is dead.

Items you will need

  • Snakeskin
  • Scissors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Glycerin
  • Container with lid
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Prepping the Snakeskin

Step 1

Kill the snake by chopping off its head with a sharp tool. Shovels work well for decapitating snakes.

Step 2

Turn over the snake belly-side up and insert the scissors at the neck. Cut down the length of the skin. Peel the skin from the snake.

Step 3

Scrape away any remaining meat and fat from the inside of the skin.

Step 4

Mix 1 part glycerin with 1 part rubbing alcohol. You need enough liquid so the snakeskin will be fully covered.

Step 5

Place the snakeskin in the container and cover for 48 hours, stirring once at the 24-hour mark.

Step 6

Remove the skin from the container. Rinse with warm water and rub with glycerin.

Step 7

Hang the skin for another 24 hours, wiping with a clean cloth when done.

Making the Hatband

Step 1

Measure the area of the hat where the snakeskin will be placed.

Step 2

Lay the snakeskin on a flat surface. Cut the snakeskin to match the length of the area on the hat the snakeskin will wrap.

Step 3

Turn the snakeskin over flesh-side out, and sew the ends together lengthwise. This will create a long tube.

Step 4

Turn the snakeskin right-side out so the skin is visible. Properly prepared snakeskin is very pliable.

Step 5

Sew the ends of the snakeskin tube together to create a circle, then fit over the hat.


  • Snakeskin is pliable until it dries. Once it dries, it will be firm. If you want your snakeskin hatband to look thicker, attach the skin to a piece of leather or vinyl first.

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