Although Melbourne Cup day and the racing season has now been and gone, I thought I would share a DIY for a floral fascinator as a part of Fizzle Out’s summer DIY series, as you never know when you might need piece of new headwear.
We recently attended Kris’ brother’s wedding, and the dress code stated ‘hats encouraged’, so of course I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to don some fancy headwear.
I scoured my local op shops and markets for something unique and vintage (that wouldn’t break the bank), yet I came away empty handed and realised the only way I was going to get what I had in mind was to make my own.
I headed to Spotlight (fabric shop) to get my supplies, and being the day before Melbourne Cup they were practically cleaned out, but thankfully what was left was on special, so I gathered up a bundle of supplies and hoped that I would be able to put them together into something worth wearing. Making a fascinator is nothing new, and many women were doing exactly the same thing, but I personally am not a fan of anything too feathered, so decided to go down the floral and netting route. I am super fussy with faux flowers, and after digging through a massive collection of them I finally found some that didn’t look cheap or too fake.
I was pretty impressed with the results, especially considering the cost and the small amount of time I put into it. What do you think?
What you need:
Plain headband – I bought a silver one for $3.95
Something to cover the headband, either to match your hair or contrast – i chose to contrast with some cream finishing tape – $0.99 a metre
Hot glue gun (or some thread and good knotting skills)
Floral wire (I chose a colour to match my hair so that it would be hidden) – $3
Netting (I chose a cream colour, similar to my flowers) – I think it was $6.95 a metre, I used 0.5m
Faux flowers of your choice – my stem was $7.95 (which is quite a lot for flowers but SO much cheaper than any store bought fascinator)
Cover your headband with ribbon/material (if desired).
Starting at one end of the headband, glue the end piece of material to the inside of the band, once dry, wind it around and around, moving along the length of the headband until you reach the other end. My hot glue gun had run out of glue so I ended up tying the material to the headband using thread – I ran a matching thread around each end approx 10 times before tying a few tight knots. It seems to be pretty solid so far.
Place the headband on your head and sort out the netting and flowers. I stood in front of the mirror and played around with different combinations and arrangements of netting and flowers, keeping in mind that I didn’t want to look like I was trying to out-shadow the bride or bridal party (eg. I didn’t bring the netting over my face at all, and tried to keep the flowers close to my head rather than making a huge headpiece).
Play around until you get something that looks like what you had imagined, that will sit the way you want it to. You can cut the flowers off their original stem and arrange them on the floral wire if that works better (don’t use good scissors to cut faux flowers as they tend to have wire in the middle that will destroy your blade). Trim the excess netting and any parts of the flowers that you don’t require.
When you have what you want, secure it together with more floral wire, while trying to keep the wire flat rather than in a big mound.
I tied my finishing tape in a neat bow so that it looked intentional, rather than something I was trying to cover up.
Now you are finished! Try your new fascinator out with different hairstyles to see what works best!
Have you ever made your own headpiece for the races or a special event?
Photos from: my camera