How to make a fascinator headdress

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How to make a fascinator headdress
Your fascinator can be as flamboyant as you dare wear. (David Woolley/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A fascinator is a style of millinery that was first seen in the early 1900s, and has regained popularity since it was the fashion choice of many attendees at the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in April, 2011. Smaller, than hats that cover the full head, they usually consist of a cluster of embellishments, such as silk flowers, feathers and ribbons, attached to a hair comb or headband. You can make an inexpensive, yet, elegant fascinator with supplies that are readily available at fabric and craft stores. Simply decide a color theme and look for attractive decorative accents in that, or complementary colors.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair comb
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stiff cardboard
  • Silk fabric
  • Sequins
  • Tweezers
  • Feathers
  • Silk flowers

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  1. 1

    Cut a circle approximately 6-inches in circumference from a piece of strong cardboard. You can make a smaller or larger fascinator, dependent upon your preference.

  2. 2

    Place the cardboard circle on your piece of silk fabric and gather the fabric so that it completely covers both sides of the cardboard. Trim off excess fabric and glue the fabric to the cardboard at the center of the circle. This side will be the back of your fascinator.

  3. 3

    Turn your silk-covered circle over, so that the smooth side is facing you. This will be the backdrop to which you will add your embellishments.

  4. 4

    Glue two rows of sequins around the edge of the circle. Use tweezers to help you position the sequins accurately.

  5. 5

    Cluster your feathers and silk flowers into an arrangement you like and glue this in place. Do not cover the circle completely with decorations, or center them. Set the decorations off to one side. This looks more aesthetically pleasing.

  6. 6

    Glue the circle to the hair comb and allow to dry completely before trying on.

Tips and warnings

  • Add tiny silk birds, ruffles of tulle and other whimsical notes to make an up-to-the-minute fashion statement.

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