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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Simple-ish Bird Cage Veil

When I say simple-ish I mean this should be simple but for me getting the netting just right took longer than expected. 

Things you will need:

  • Small piece of felt or a stable piece of fabric - $ 0.50
  • Feathers - $2.00 from Michaels
  • Fabric Rose Clip - $1.00 from Forever 21
    • Or you could make one- but come on a buck for a cute flower beats making one any day!
  • French or Russian Netting 9 inch at $4.00 per yard from
  • I had a really hard time finding this type of netting in my local Boston fabric stores so my next best bet was etsy. You won’t need a whole yard but it might be good to have extra if you mess up. 

Total: $7.50 (WHAT! You can’t go wrong with that price!)

Things from home:

  • Scissors 
  • Needle and Thread 
  • Mirror
  • Glue Gun

Step 1: Cut the Netting
When you cut the netting use the factory edge as the edge that will sweep along your face. This edge should be what will be seen and the other sloppier edges will be tucked under to be less noticeable. Also be aware when you cut that the netting will look unfinished where ever you cut it with scissors. 
Step 2: Cut the Felt
I cut my felt into a leaf shape with the length at about 4" long. This will be the base that you glue your feathers onto and sew the netting to as well. 
Step 3: Glue on the Feathers
Take the leaf shaped felt and start hot gluing feathers on to it. Fan them out the way you want them to look and leave the tip completely open so you can have an area to sew the netting to. 
Step 4: Fit / Shape / Sew the Netting
Take the non factory side of the netting and fold the netting as shown in the photos below. Then sew the folded netting to the felt base. This is the tricky part. I found sitting in front of a mirror and actually shape the netting on my head the way I wanted it to look. By bunching the netting at the felt and stitching it will help you get the look you desire . Keep repeating this method till you get the shape you desire.  
Step 5: Clip the Veil into Place
I got a store bought rose from Forever 21 which already was attached to a hair clip. So this step took me about 5 seconds to do. I simply took the veil placed in my hair where I wanted it to be and clipped it in with my rose hair clip. If you can’t find a clip or want to make once handmade I will also put up some handmade fabric flower tutorials. 

Step 6: Look Chic and Smart! 
If you make this veil right no one will know it cost less than $10! You can say you got it at a fancy bridal store and keep the price to yourself or brag about how savvy your are….like I did! 

1 comment:

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