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Building An Easy Base For Your Lekku

Building an Easy Base for your Lekku


So you’ve got your new foam lekku. They’re beautiful. They’re wiggly. They’re… not attached to anything.

What do you do?!

Don’t worry, you can build a comfy, cheap headpiece for your new lekku very easily and quickly. Ready?! Let’s go!

Materials Needed

First things first, let’s get together the things you’ll need. Here we go:

  • Your two detached lekku with their untrimmed ends
  • A ball cap
  • Contact cement (I recommend Barge)
  • A sharp edge — box-cutter/exacto knife are easiest
  • Markers and/or pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing materials

You’ll also need an area you can craft. You may also want clamps for when the glue is drying, but these are not vital.

Step 1: Preparing the Hat
Cheap, wide-band hat from Goodwill! (Click for larger photo)

This is the hat I used. I got it from Goodwill for a whopping $2. When you pick out your hat, you want to look for one with the following traits:

  • Thick, comfortable inner band (not just the edge of the hat)
  • Minimal or no decoration, or decoration that is easily removable
  • Velcro closure (not the snaps/plastic closure)

The most important part is that the hat sits secure and comfortable on your head so make sure it’s big enough. I really recommend pinning your hair up (if you plan on doing that) and putting it on before tugging on it to make sure it’s going to sit comfortably without  sliding. You can add extra security to it a little later, but it’s important that it’s comfortable from the get-go.


First things first we need to remove that pesky brim! Thankfully, that’s really easy.

To remove the brim, I simply ripped the seam where the brim was, as pictured. I removed the brim, then used my sewing machine to sew that area back together. If you don’t have access to a sewing machine you can hand sew this part, just make sure it’s nice and secure.

(In this picture you can see just how thick the band on the inside is — a solid inch wide. This is the main place the hat is going to press against your head so you want that to be cushy as possible!)

Once you’re done, you can remove any decorations as well. I ended up leaving the embroidery on mine because my headsock was super thick and it wasn’t visible anyway.

Use seam ripper to remove the brim, and sew it back up! (Click for larger image)
Step 2: Preparing the Lekku
Use razor blade to cut the base of lekku for smooth angle. (Click for larger image)

When you get your lekku, they will have a lot of excess foam on the end. That’s on purpose, so you can cut them to sit exactly where you want them to. I recommend cutting a gentle diagonal first, then hold them up to your head to see how they’re going to sit. From here, just keep adjusting the edges until they sit exactly where you want them to when they’re held against your head.

If you want them to arch really high, you’ll want more of a perpendicular cut. If you want them to lay a little bit more gently, you’ll want a better diagonal. Also keep in mind where you want them to sit in regards to how far around your head — do you want them to sit straight back like Aayla’s? Or do you want them more to the sides like Hera’s?

Regardless, once you have a cut you like, the next step is to put your ballcap back on.

Step 3: Gluing

With the ballcap back on your head, hold just one of the lekku up and position it where it looks best. Take your time with this — put it in different places, see what looks really good, move it around a bit to get used to the feel of where they’ll be.

Once you’ve decided, take your markers or pins and outline where the lekku sit. You don’t need to outline completely but make sure you get enough of the curve that when you remove it you’ll be able to put it back in place to finish outlining it. I only marked one, then used the central division of my hat to position the other so they were even.

I also used black marker, again because I knew my headsock would be thick enough to hide it. If you’re using sheer material use either pins or a fabric marker that will fade.

You may need a second set of hands to help you mark while you hold the lekku in place (Click for larger image)

Next, we’re going to glue!

If you’re using contact cement, there’s a three step process to making sure it sets perfectly. First, you want to coat both where the lekku will attach to the ball cap and the ends of the lekku with a good, even layer. Let this dry completely, or almost completely. If you’re using Barge, just leave it for a good twenty minutes before continuing.

(Make sure you don’t accidentally glue your ballcap to whatever is underneath it, I lost a foam head this way, lol!)

Once those are dry, apply another thin layer of contact cement to the ends of the lekku. Let this sit until it’s tacky, or almost dry. It will go from super shiny wet looking to much more dull looking. If in doubt, let it sit for a little bit longer.  Then take the lekku and gently press them in place, one at a time. Line them up before you apply the pressure, because once they make contact you don’t want to have to pull them away and readjust.

At this point you have two choices: clamp the lekku in place, or hold them for a solid twenty minutes until the Barge has done a good job of adhering.

Twi'lek Lekku for Hats & Helmets, Styled after Hera from Star Wars Rebels

Prop your lekku up and give them a solid day or two to fully set before you start swinging them around.

During this time, you can create your headwrap to go over top. Either use the headsock pattern I’ve provided or create your own pattern, the sky’s the limit! Once your lekku have set you can paint them up, and you’re well on your way to twi’lekin’ it up! <3

At this point, you may decide you want some extra security to keep the hat/lekku on. There are several options, depending on what you find most comfortable. They include:

  • glue/sew hair combs on the inside of the hat so they dig into your hair/wig cap
  • use wig tape or another skin-safe adhesive (like ProsAide) to tape the edge of the hat to your forehead
  • add a chin strap sewn to the hat to keep it from sliding back  (for Hera this is actually part of her outfit so it’s perfect)
  • pin or clip the brim of the hat to your head
  • use a headband designed to prevent wigs from sliding
  • make your headsock or headcovering snug or out of thicker material such as leather to help “support” the lekku and keep them in place

I don’t actually use anything other than a wig cap unless I know I’m going to be doing a lot of swinging/action scenes, then I’ll just do some extra pins and clips to keep it in place. Either way, find what works for you!

Contact Me With Questions!

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Amber Brite

Amber Brite is a professional prop-maker and cosplayer from Arizona. She has years of experience building large props and prosthetics, armor crafting, sewing, bodypainting, and more. She also loves to share her knowledge through tutorials on her site, as well as panels at the conventions she attends.

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