How to make your own birdcage veil

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Birdcage veils, also known as Russian veils, are a short style of wedding veil that only cover the bride's face. The veils are usually attached to a hair piece, such as a flower. Birdcage veils are made of Russian netting, which closely resembles fishnet material. Making your own birdcage veil is slightly challenging, and requires knowledge of hand stitching.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 1 yard white Russian netting
  • White silk flower
  • White feathers
  • Hair comb
  • Glue
  • White thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Lay the Russian netting out on a flat work surface. Cut the netting into an 18-by-18-inch square.

  2. 2

    Measure 10 inches from the top of the netting on both sides. Use the scissors to make a 6-inch diagonal incision from the 10-inch mark to the bottom of the netting. This should create a tapered look at the bottom of the netting.

  3. 3

    Sew a running stitch through the bottom of the netting. Pull the thread taut so that the bottom of the netting is gathered together tightly.

  4. 4

    Cut off the stem of the white silk flower. Use the glue to adhere the hair comb onto the bottom of the silk flower. Glue the white feathers onto the bottom of the silk flower next to the hair comb. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

  5. 5

    Sew the hair comb onto the Russian netting where the running stitch is gathered. Gently tug at the netting to ensure it is secured firmly to the hair comb.

  6. 6

    Insert the hair comb into your hair on the left side of your head toward your crown. Pull the veil over your face.

Tips and warnings

  • To add extra detail to the hair flower on your birdcage veil, use sheer silver glitter paint across the silk fabric to make it shimmer in the light.

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