How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical WeddingHow to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

How to Make a Sparkly Floral Fascinator | A Practical Wedding

It’s funny. Until I looked at this tutorial close up, I was still on the fence about this craft. Not because it wasn’t easy (it was so easy that it’s absurd we’re calling it Crafty), and it’s not that it wasn’t pretty. It’s just that we’d made it so… pink. But after looking at the whole tutorial, I’m sold. Because the thing is, these are basic instructions that you can use to create any kind of fascinator. You can make a white bridal one, multi-color bridesmaid ones. You can use flower leaves for decorations, or something else (feathers anyone?). And hot tip: you can totally tweak this tutorial to make a birdcage veil, easy-peasy.

Although the finished look of this fascinator might be complicated, the actual process of it is super simple. A few tips:

  • When choosing pieces to use, make sure to choose a variety of sizes, textures, and colors, but not TOO many blamo bling pieces. (Unless you are Maddie. Then bedazzle everything.) For the rest of us, you’re going to need somewhere for the eye to rest to emphasize the awesome sparklies.
  • You’ll want to arrange some larger pieces together to form base. We used three—it’s generally good to start with odd numbers.
  • Once the base is formed, use smaller pieces (of varying size) to build additional layers on top, continuing to glue with small dots of hot glue in hidden places to connect.
  • We built ours in two pieces (three base petals glued together, three top petals glued together) and then glued those two groupings together.
  • If you don’t want to use tulle, you can actually stop here and just skip on down to the comb-attaching tutorial. It will look cute just as it is!
  • Once you establish how much tulle you want to use (ours was less than an arm’s length), you’ll want to sew the tulle together. There are two ways of doing this:
  • If you are handy with a sewing machine and have one available to you, baste two rows of stitches along one long edge of the tulle and gather the edge into a tight bunch.
  • If you don’t have your sewing machine handy, cheat by bunching one long edge together in fairly even sections. Once this long edge is gathered together, use a needle and thread to sew the gathered edge together. (You could also choose to hot glue, but hot gluing tulle to itself is really not fun.)
  • Once the long edge is gathered, pull the other two corners into the gathered bunch. Secure to the petals using hot glue.
  • Apply hot glue to the edge of the comb and secure to comb. Let the glue cool completely.
  • Pro-tip (not pictured) from APW Editor Kate: Once the petal part was established and glued together, I took some floral wire and glued it in a circle on the underside of the fascinator in the area that all of the petals overlapped. This way, I was able to control the shape a bit more, allowing it to lay more flat on Meg’s head.

Photos by Emily Takes Photos, Crafting by APW Editor Kate, with help from Lowe House Events, Graphic Design by Michelle Edgemont (all APW advertisers)

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.seriffim.net Stacey

    Um, an adorable dog bomb and mummifying people in tulle?

    Yes please!

  • http://theroadto92912.blogspot.com Molly

    Don’t make it TOO blingy? I am unfamiliar with this concept.

    • meg

      So is Maddie.

      • Maddie

        I have no idea what you people are talking about. What is this *too* blingy you speak of?

  • http://www.koruwedding.com Koru Kate {Koru Wedding}

    Awesome! I may skip the tulle & try to make one to wear to a fun party. & that pup is really too cute!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/babyinabar Shotgun Shirley

      SAME!

      In fact, I may throw a party JUST FOR THE CHANCE TO WEAR ONE.

  • http://www.little-white-dress.com Alexandra

    love this, you guys rock! Also, you should ask readers to send in pictures of their results!

  • http://herdreamsandbones.blogspot.com Casey

    HA! Wrap your friends in tulle.. dog is not impressed. Those two photos = this is the best tutorial ever.

    • http://emilytakesphotos.com Emily

      Yeah…he didn’t love it so much when we tried to wrap him in it!

  • http://www.minnesota-chic.com PA

    I love fascinators! Also, silliness and unimpressed animals. Amazing post – I may end up using this to make a fascinator for my reception party for my friends :)

    …OR all of the bridesmaids could wear fascinators! Eeeee … !

    • efletch

      I’m letting my bridesmaids wear whatever dresses they want but the fascinators oh yeah those are mandatory….I’m joking (mostly)

      This tutorial is awesome! You guys make everything look super easy!

      • meg

        Because it mostly is.

      • Janet

        My girlfriend was not joking about us future-bridesmaids wearing either (A) fascinators or (B) mini top-hats in her wedding. She has an almost unhealthly obsession with hats…don’t get me started on the money she dropped on a crazy (but gorgeous) hat at the Renn Faire last fall.

        But seriously I plan to wear a fascinator/french netting veil for my walk down the aisle. Super fine thin hair for the win! Even with my hair grown out it wouldn’t be able to support the weight of a regular veil, so I’m just gonna live it up with an awesome fascinator type piece!

  • http://www.beyondburgersandbratwurst.com Kerstin

    So awesome! I love this series. Another way to bunch the tulle is to stitch along the edge of the tulle that you want to bunch, knotting the thread securely on the starting end. Then, when you get to the other end, gently pull on the thread and push the tulle down towards the knotted end. Knot/secure the other end once it’s the size of the comb and proceed to fasten it to the comb.

    This may be easier if you have a bunch of tulle to deal with (like for a veil) but I thought I’d throw it out there. I haven’t actually done this myself, but my friend’s mother did it for her wedding and it looked great. Does anyone else have experience with this technique?

  • Amy March

    Fascinators as guest of a wedding thoughts? I live them, as they feed into my deeply held desire to be English, but if I know I’ll be the only person in one, is it too showy? Too attention getting?

    • meg

      DO IT. It’s traditional (even if it’s not traditional here).

  • lmba

    I did something similar (though perhaps less… thought-out?) for my wedding. Although I suppose it could have gone terribly wrong, I found it was really not stressful – even when I was literally assembling it in a friend’s bedroom 1 week before the wedding. I am not a sewer (baste? what is baste??? seriously.) so my method was:

    - cut out a pile of circles of airy light fabric from the skirt of my mom’s wedding dress (with permission, obviously)
    - stitch them onto each other and fluff up to make a “flower”
    - take a bunch of the crinoline from the same dress and bunch it up in my fingers and around my head until it looked birdcage veil-y
    - stitch LIKE A MADWOMAN until I could let go of the thing and it would hold its shape
    - attach the flower to the veil to cover the sloppy bulb of stitches

    I was rocking super short fine hair which would never be able to hold a comb/clip though, so my final step was to glue the whole shebang onto a thin cream-coloured headband. It blended into my hair so completely that you couldn’t even really tell it was a headband, and most importantly, it stayed in place perfectly all night! All for the cost of about… $10?

    • meg

      Baste is very long stitches that you can pull together to gather. Google it. A monkey could do it y’all. I mean, yes, I actually grew up sewing, but this is the most easy basic stich that you’re (literally) taught when you’re three.

  • http://funnysmartandimportant.blogspot.com lindsay

    My mom is getting married in June and I talked her out of a 60 dollar birdcage veil from the bridal store simply because we could find a better one on Etsy or make it ourselves. Booyah.

    • Maddie

      Fighting the good fight. :)

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  • Sharon L

    This is perfect! We just got invited to a wedding in the South where the dress code is country formal, and the groom joked that he thought this meant everyone should wear fancy hats. Perfect opportunity to wear a fascinator!

  • http://twitter.com/barnswallowkate barnswallowkate

    I love the photo with Meg outside (8th one down) – it looks like some kind of guerilla fascinator-making group found her doing work and just used her head hahaha.

  • sheila leahy

    Thank you ,that is the best DIY item I have ever seen.

  • Dayna

    Would like to know whether you guys will post up some tips for short hair bride? My hair has been boyish look for 10+ years and do not want to grow my hair long just for the 1 day-it will so not be me..I lov this fascinator idea but a comb will certainly not able to sit on my hair..hope you guys can give some ideas!

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  • Nicole

    I am fascinated with the idea of creating such an attractive range of fascinators on my own. It will help me to provide the best gift for my sisters on their wedding day.

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