Rhoad to the Altar: How to make
your own wedding hair fascinator

I wanted to make a fascinator, or a hair accessory, to wear during the reception after I took off my veil. This was the final product.

I wanted to make a fascinator, or a hair accessory, to wear during the reception after I take off my veil. This was the final product.

Seven days and counting! Last week was a big week for me: We picked up our marriage license; overhauled our entire computer/pagination system in the newsroom; and I got my hair dyed for the first time.

While I’m not exactly a young, 20-something anymore, I’ve had grey hair(s) since I was in high school, and they have chosen to expand their real estate in the past few years. When I went for my trial run for my wedding-day do, they were very noticeable to me, so I decided to get a demi-permanent dye job at the salon. It looks great! The same color, just sans grey.

You can see all the grey hair in my trail run for my big day do, so I got it colored for the first time this week.

You can see all the grey hair in my trail run for my big day do, so I got it colored for the first time this week.

Instead of spending $350 of a veil, I’ve decided to make my own. For about $50, I’ve made a birdcage veil, which I was contemplating before I let my hair grow; a plain tulle veil; and a tulle veil with lace embellishments and edging that I hand-beaded. I also wanted a hair fascinator for a little fun flair.

I found a great lace-embellished tulle for my veil. I added beads to finish the edges.

I found a great lace-embellished tulle for my veil. I added beads to finish the edges.

I love the lace veil, I’m just concerned about the fact that it is more of a silver white, while my dress is ivory. Unfortunately, Jo Ann Fabrics discontinued the ivory version of the same lace. I’m still trying to decide which veil to use. I still have to sew the comb into the lace, and then it’s ready.

One of the last DIY projects I wanted to tackle was making a fascinator for my hair to wear during the reception after I take off my veil. I didn’t want something over the top, but I wanted something pretty that was made with a flower and maybe some feathers. These can cost as much as $130 at a bridal salon.

Check out our Pinterest board to see the fascinators, veils and hairstyles I used as inspiration.

10096710853_f0dd205b28_cOf course, our wedding motto has been “We can totally make that!” And so it goes. The following is step-by-by step tutorial of how I made my own fascinator.

Silk flowers from AC Moore that cost less than $2 with a coupon.

Silk flowers from AC Moore that cost less than $2 with a coupon.

First, I found these ivory flowers at AC Moore, and after a 55% off email coupon, they cost about $2. I took two apart to make the flowers look fuller and give the fascinator a better shape. You could use more if you want a fuller piece with more flair.

Next, I cut two 1.5- to 2-inch strips of Russian netting (the kind that birdcage veils are made out of.) I ironed it to make sure it laid flat because it had rolled up in the shopping bag.

10096682923_404a2e4409_cI stacked the bottom two layers of the flower petals, then folded one piece of the Russian netting in half and placed it on top. Then, I stacked the next two layers the same way, making sure the flowers and the netting were staggered to give the hair piece a full look. Then, I stacked the smallest two layers of petals on top.

Sew all of the layers together using white thread.

Next, I hot glued a few feathers on the back. Depending on the look you’re going for, there are many different feathers you can add. Even a peacock feather could give your fascinator a trendy, fun look. You could even add ribbon, beads, pearls, lace, rhinestones or crystals or even a small hat-like platform to make it more dramatic.

Beads, pearls and crystals can add embellishment to your hair piece.

Beads, pearls and crystals can add embellishment to your hair piece.

I ordered some teal crystal buttons on Etsy to originally try to use on the bouquets, but they didn’t exactly work the way I wanted. Because I’m not wearing teal anywhere else, I thought it would be a nice splash of color. I hot glued the button to the center of the petals.

If you glue the fabric over the bottom of the clip, it offers more stability once the fascinator is in your hair.

If you glue the fabric over the bottom of the clip, it offers more stability once the fascinator is in your hair.

Next, I hot glued a circle of fabric to the back of the fascinator. Then, I opened the clip, glued a second piece of fabric to the inside of the clip. Then glued the fabric and back of the clip to the fascinator, and voila! Beautiful hair accessory and you saved 50 bucks!

Check out some of the other tutorials I used to create my fascinator:

http://somethingturquoise.com/2011/08/03/diy-flower-hair-piece/

http://www.jewelboxballerina.com/how-to-make-a-fabric-flower-fascinator/

http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2010/05/guest-post-diy-wrist-corsage-hair-clip-with-two-brunettes/

Read last week’s post dedicated to Christian and my appreciation for his wedding planning.

Catch up on any past Rhoad to the Altar posts.

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