How to make your own tiara crown for a wedding headpiece

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The average British wedding cost more than £18,000 in 2013, and that figure does not include the cost of the honeymoon or even wedding rings. To lower that total, a bride-to-be can make her own tiara. The homemade option allows her to customise the tiara to her taste and style.

Attaching stems

Cut a 13-cm (5-inch) length of floral wire.

Select a bead to serve as the tiara's centrepiece and thread the 13-cm (5-inch) wire through the bead until it rests at the wire's centre.

Bend the wire at its beaded point until the two halves of the wire are parallel to each other, like a hairpin. Using the needle-nose pliers, tightly twist the doubled wires together, creating a twisted wire "stem" for the bead.

Position the stem at the centre of the metal headband, at a height and angle pleasing to the eye. The bead should stand 2.5 to 7.5 cm (1 to 3 inches) beyond the headband. Secure the bead in position by winding the wire stem tightly and neatly around the headband. Use the pliers to ensure a tight fit. Once the stem is secure, trim any excess wire.

Repeat Steps 1 through 4, securing a new bead and stem at a pleasing height and distance away from the centre bead. Repeat again on the other side of the centrepiece with another bead and another wire. Keep adding more beads and stems, alternating sides to preserve symmetry as you work your way down each side of the headband. Stop adding stems about 7.5 cm (3 inches) away from each end of the headband; the remaining headband will be tucked under your hair.

Lightly dot instant glue along the underside of the head band to hold the position of each stem. Let the glue dry.

Beaded "vine"

Cut a 75-cm (30-inch) length of floral wire. About 7.5 cm (3 inches) from one end of the headband, tightly twist the wire around the headband, just to secure the wire in place.

Using the free end of the long wire, thread a quantity of smaller, complementary beads close together along its length.

Twine the beaded wire around the headband in a diagonal pattern without bending stems. Stop twining about 7.5 cm (3 inches) from the other end of the headband and remove any extra beads from that end of the wire.

Wind the free end of the wire tightly around the headband to secure it. Carefully snip off excess wire and file down any sharp points.

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