Earlier this year we were lucky enough to have our City Center Elopement Shoot featured on South Bound Bride! We did a special little DIY tutorial for them on how to make the edgy little birdcage veil featured in this shoot and because I never want you to miss out on anything I thought I would post it up here too!
I love creating achievable DIY projects for my brides so although this project is not difficult to complete it does require a delicate touch and a good dose of patients.
You will need:
- Half a meter of veil material. I have used a medium sized, stiff weave here.
- You have a few options in terms of what you fasten the veil with. You can use a head band, a small metal hair comb or loose bobby pins that you insert on the day.
- Polystyrene manikin head or a volunteer who doesn’t mind being a head model and an extra set of hands.
- Sewing pins and needle.
- Light thread. I have used a darker thread here so you can see it. If you can match your thread to your veil material even better!
- Self-adhesive rind stones (or your chosen veil detail)
- Fabric glue that dry’s clear. (it’s pretty important you don’t see the glue once it dry’s)
- Florist pins (or any other sharp object that can keep your veil in place while working with it)
- Permanent marker.
Step 1: Decide which type of fastening system you want to use.
If you would like to use the head band cut it and tie the ends, cleaning up the loose ends as you go.
If you would like to use the metal comb you will need to separate it into two small halves that will still be able to hold the veil without being to obviously visible once on. Clean up any rough edges that may be left.
If you decide to use bobby pins then you’re in luck, skip this step and go straight to step 2.
Step 2: To get the shape and size of the veil right we will start by cutting a rough square out of the material.
You shouldn’t need more than a 30cm x 30cm square.
Fold one corner of the material up onto itself to help you create your square, then cut it out. We aren’t going for perfection here so don’t worry if once you have cut it out it looks a little rough.
Step 3: To make sure your veil isn’t too big or too small for your face measure out a piece of thread that is long enough to stretch from just behind your ear, along your forehead to behind your other ear.
Try and place the thread where you would want the main fold of your veil to sit on your forehead/hairline.
Step 4: Because it’s near impossible to do the following work on yourself we are going to attach that tread to our manikins head.
Chances are the manikin will have a different shape to your head (no judgements if it’s not thought) so just evenly place the thread around the head even if it looks way further back than where you want your veil to sit in real life.
Step 5: Make little X’s with your permanent marker and pin your thread into both sides of the manikins head.
Once both sides are fastened draw a line that follows the thread.
At this point you may feel as if you are creating the wedding version of Frankenstein (lightning strike and evil laughs in the background), but it will turn out pretty I promise.
Step 6: Fasten your crazy looking material triangle to the manikin making sure the top of your material fold is in line with your marker line.
Step 7: Separate the two triangles to create the top and bottom detail of your veil.
Gently pull the top layer of material out and up. This is where it becomes a little finicky.
You will need to pull and position the top layer up far enough so that it gives interesting detail without totally covering up your face or eyes.
Step 8: Once you like the basic shape you have created pin it down to hold the fold.
Take the veil off the manikin and hold it to your face repositioning the fold until it’s exactly the shape and angles you want.
Step 9: While in front of the mirror make a small mark on where you want the ‘V’ of your veil to be.
The top layer can have a smaller point and the bottom layer should come just below your jaw line but again this is your project so if you want it to sit just below your nose or eyes go for it.
Step 10: It is now time to gently fasten the folds.
Use your thread to tie a loop knot and then continue to sew a small way up the fold; you don’t have to sew the entire fold just enough to secure it in place.
Step 11: Attach whichever fastener you chose.
If you chose to use a hair band put the knot on the inside of the veil and attach. If you chose the metal comb then push this trough the material. If you are using bobby pins your veil will be left like this.
You can choose to leave the ends of the veil where you have attached your fastener in their natural angular shape just snip it off.
*If at this point you are feeling a bit drained have a break. The next step is our last but requires that patients I was talking about.
Step 12: Attach your sparkly detail.
Cut each rind stone strips into individual stones.
Take off the plastic backing and stick them to the veil.
Use different colours and sizes of the stones along the edge of the veil to add more interest.
So there you have it, our South Bound Bride approved Birdcage veil DIY tutorial. This little project will save you a good couple of bucks plus you get to personalise your veil to suit your exact theme or wedding colour scheme! Plus you get to brag about how bloody crafty you are!
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