Friday, January 23, 2015

The Simplest DIY Birdcage Veil EVER

This tutorial is a great starting to making your own custom wedding veil. It's a craft that is easy to embellish, and you can use almost anything you want to make it your own!

For this project you will need 2 things:

  • Birdcage netting from your local craft store (I went to Joann Fabrics*)
  • Bobby pins
Yup. Just these.
Now I originally purchased a yard of netting, just in case. You really only need about 18 inches or less. To figure out where you need to cut the netting to, pinch one end of the net and hold approximately it where you want to have it pinned. now drape the fabric where you want it to sit across your face/eyes and pinch the fabric where you want the other side pinned. Add 1-2 inches of space and cut.

So using just a basic bobby pin I will show you how to make a veil. But when making yours you can add a gem or a pearl to it, or buy a fancy set of hair pins to match your theme (ModCloth* anyone?).

Step #1

Fold the cut edge of the netting over. This gives you a clean edge to work with and is why we cut the net long.

Step #2

Starting to weave.
Insert the top of the netting into the pronged end of the bobby pin. Now weave the pin in and out of the netting and stop every few openings to insert a piece in between the prongs again. This will keep the net bundled together, and will help it stay where you put it. Make sure that when you get to the end you insert the net between the prongs to hold everything in.

Net pushed up to the end of the bobby pin.

Step #3

Repeat step #2 on the other side of the veil. Make sure the pins are both facing and pointed the same direction!
Finished Veil.
That's it! All it takes is 3 easy steps to create your own birdcage veil. Now as I said above, you can glue pearls or gems to the end of the plain bobby pins (I glued large pearls from Michael's Craft Store* on mine) or use fancy pins from ModCloth*, Clair's*, Icing*, or anywhere else you find them! You also might be able to find colored millinery at Joanns. How adorable would a blue or purple veil be?!?

Do you plan on making your veil for your wedding? Let me know in the comments!

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