DIY Hen Party Activity: Vintage Inspired Fascinator

Feeling extra crafty? Well we have an incredible DIY wedding post that is sure to challenge you!  When Nicola from Silver Six Pence in her Shoe showed us her latest DIY, we knew we had to share it with you. All round wedding accessory pro, Nicola explains step by step how to make one of these pretty vintage inspired fascinators. Nicola also throws hen parties so if you fancy a crafty hen party, take a look at her different Craft Hen Do Packages.
So here we go! If you are not the most confident of crafters and need a bit more help, get in contact with Nicola via her Twitter page and she will get back to you.
First things first here’s your list of supplies that you are going to need:

Step 1 – Finding your Materials and Planning

Collect all of the items that Nicola has outlined above. Make sure you think about what you are wearing so that the fabrics, buttons and jewels go well with your outfit. Nicola has kindly provided links above to help you source all your crafty supplies. Don’t overlook charity shops and vintage fairs to source buttons and beautiful yet affordable embellishments.
Once you have collected all of your materials and are ready to get crafting, lay out all of your  materials neatly in front of you. At this point, you want to have a vague plan for how you want the head piece to look when it is finished.


Step 2 – Make the Base

Place your croc clip on the back of the sinamay base and sew it down securely from back of the base to front. This is to make sure that all of the stitching will be hidden on the inside. Knot securely.

Step 3 – Get Decorating!

Now it is time to have some fun and get decorating. Nicola has outlined some of her favourite ideas below.

1. You can gather together your Russian veiling to add some height to your headpiece.

 2. Try making a bow from your vintage inspired fabrics by folding it  inwards, pinching it together in the middle and secure by sewing.

3. If you have a feather, try curling it into circular shape as demonstrated in the picture below. Wrap with a piece of thread at the base and knot tightly to secure. Another interesting way to play with feathers is to layer them on top of each other to create texture.

4. Then get your pre-made bow and position it on your base. Nicola says “I find they always look best when arranged at an angle or at least off-centre.”

Step 4 – Embellish

Now it’s time to add all of the pretty embellishments. Think buttons, jewels, gems, vintage earrings and jewellery! Add your embellishments to your fascinator however you like to reflect your own individual style. Nicola has outlined some ideas below.

1. If you have a pair of vintage earrings with the backs removed, you can sew them to your fascinator. Just sew through the holes on the back of these as shown.

Time for some finishing touches! When decorating your headpiece with tiny beads or sequins be really careful when using fabric glue. A good tip is to try using an ear bud to apply the glue.

Step 5 – Wear it!

And here it is….the final product! We think it looks just lovely! A big thank you to Nicola for creating such a clear step by step DIY wedding craft for us all.

Like what you see? Nicola runs crafty hen parties so you can learn from the expert herself!

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