Make a Feather Fascinator for your Vintage Wedding

Wedding photo courtesy of Whitebox Weddings

Fascinators have always, well, fascinated me since they evoke quirky, nostalgic charm beautifully and effortlessly.

What exactly is a fascinator? From Wikipedia:

A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace. The term had fallen almost into disuse by the 1970s. In the early 21st century, the term has made a comeback, but the meaning has slightly changed; it is now used to describe a delicate, slightly-to-very frivolous head decoration worn almost exclusively by women.

These days, brides are choosing to wear fascinators, either made of flowers or feathers, as an alternative to bridal hats or veils especially if they are going for a vintage theme for their weddings. Here are a few examples of how brides are rockin’ the fascinator , 21st century style.

Wedding photo courtesy of Studio Nouveau

Wedding photo courtesy of Allebach Photography

Wedding photo courtesy of Whitebox Weddings

There are tons of places out there that sell ready-made fascinators – Etsy, for one – but why buy when it’s simple enough to make one yourself? I found this neat-o tutorial of how to make a fabulous feather fascinator at CraftStylish, complete with step by step photos and instructions.

You will need:

  • White felt
  • Spray starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Floral wire
  • White thread
  • Thin ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Feathers
  • Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Pearl floral picks (optional)
  • Large button
  • Multisurface glue

Go to Craftsylish for the complete tutorial.

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One Comment

  1. Cute look, good tutorial!

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