DIY Wedding Veils – Add Flare to a Traditional Accessory

by Becca on December 4, 2010

 

Dawning a veil on your wedding day is a bridal tradition that has been around for centuries. Typically, the veil covers the bride’s face for all or part of the ceremony and is lifted by either her father or by her groom at the first kiss of marriage.  Today, veils can be lengthy and elaborate, short and sweet, or anywhere in between.  While being relatively expensive to purchase, veils are actually rather simple to construct. S o, why not save on this practically essential bridal accessory, while giving it a bit of your own flare as well?

Before you begin crafting your custom veil, decide what sort of look you’re going for.  You can browse bridal websites to get an idea of materials or embellishments that you might want to use.  Most veils are made of nylon tulle (also known as ‘bridal illusion’); English tulle is softer and more expensive along with silk tulle but both are also great veil fabrics to use.  Russian tulle, used to make birdcage veils, is also becoming a popular material to use.  All of these fabrics can usually be found at your local craft store.  You can find beads, jewels, silk flowers, lace and/or appliqués to add to your veil at almost any craft or fabric store as well.

Additional supplies that you would need include a 3″ plastic (or metal if you have thicker hair) comb, which can be purchased at most retailers in the hair accessory section.  You might also be able to find them in the bridal section at your craft store.  Instead of a comb, you can also use a slim headband as the base of your veil.  You can sew your veil together but fabric or hot glue works well too.

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The way that you cut your veil fabric depends on the type of tulle that you decide to use and the length that you want your veil to be.  Regardless, use sharp scissors so that you don’t tear the tulle or cause it to fray.  You can cut it straight across the bottom or round the edges.  To get the exact look that you want – purchase a little extra tulle to practice on use tissue paper.  Even better, find a veil with the shape that you like at flea market or thrift store and take it apart to use as a pattern.

Attach your fabric to your comb or headband before adding any of your decor, so you can try it on and see how it lays as you wear it.  To sew on your fabric, use a clear fishing line or white thread and bring your stitches through the tulle and around the spine of the comb (see the picture below).  To glue it, place a thin line of glue on the comb and press the tulle on top.  It may take a few hours (or even days) to completely dry but once it’s dry, add a line of glue on top of the fabric to ‘sandwich’ it in between the two layers of glue for extra security.  You can add additional pieces of tulle to create a tiered-look as well.

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Once your fabric is cut and glued to your liking, you can add your decor.  The most necessary addition that you might want, would be to add silk flowers or beads to your comb to cover your glue or stitching.  Your best bet would be to use tiny drops of hot glue for your embellishments.

Iron-on lace or appliqués are the easiest to apply, unless you have a hand for sewing.  Be sure to read the directions on any iron-ons that you use – it’s important not to heat the iron too hot.  If you decide to sew on any lace, remember that it’s easy to give your veil an antique look by soaking it in brewed tea.  You can use inexpensive black tea bags (about 5) and test a few pieces of lace to determine if your tea needs to be stronger or diluted with water.

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After you’re done adding your embellishments, you’ll have your very own custom veil at a fraction of the cost!

Here are a few DIY veils for inspiration:

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Similar idea: DIY Vintage Floral Crown

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