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How to Make a Beautiful Fascinator Hat for Under $10

Do you need a fancy Fascinator hat for an upcoming Kentucky Derby Party or the next Royal wedding? Learn here how you can make one for around $10!

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So, how many of you watched the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?! I didn’t get up extra early to watch, but you can bet I tuned in once I was awake! I loved seeing all of the fairytale details – The simple, elegant dress! The floral arch at the chapel! The horse-drawn carriage, taking the newlyweds to the castle! The hats and fascinators!

In case you don’t know, a fascinator is a small, flamboyant hat or hairpiece, usually featuring feathers that flutter and move with the wearer fascinatingly – hence, the name. I learned while watching the wedding and listening to the commentary, that fascinators can run anywhere from a $200-$thousands-plus! What?! I’m here to tell you, if you want to sport a fascinator for the next Royal Wedding or Derby Party that you may attend, you can make a fascinator in one afternoon to match any outfit or occasion. Let me show you how!

 

How to Make a Fascinator

 

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Materials

I didn’t use all of these items, but I wasn’t sure WHAT I was going to use, so I gathered it all! I ended up using the following:

  • Scrap fabric
  • Small paper plate
  • Tulle
  • Deco-mesh
  • Ribbon
  • An alligator hair clip
  • A needle and thread
  • A hot glue gun
  • A large flower

Optional Items

  • Feathers
  • A Button, Brooch, Cameo, butterfly embellishment, or other kinds of focal points
  • A hair comb or hair barrette

What to do

Create the Hat Base

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Cut out the inner circle of your paper plate, then cut a slit from the outer edge of the disc into the center. You wear a fascinator towards the back of the head. If you want to wear your hat towards the front of your head, cut out an oblong piece of cardboard.

Overlap the cut ends of the cardboard circle so that you get a small cardboard mound. Check for size, adjust if necessary, then glue the ends together.

Add the Hat Lining

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Cut out two circles of fabric, with one being about .5″ wider than hat base, and the other being .25″ less than the hat base.

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Carefully hot glue the larger circle of fabric to the TOP of the hat base by gluing the edge onto the underside of the cardboard, pulling taut as you go. I found it easiest to notch the outer edge first.

Glue the smaller circle to the underside of the hat base around the fabric edge, pulling taut, and trim any excess fabric that falls over the side of the base. This will have the smaller circle pulling away from the underside of the base.

Add a clip

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You will need to attach something underneath your fascinator that will allow you to keep it clipped into your hair. A hot-glued alligator clip, hairpin or barrette attached to the underside will do the trick! Alligator clips are those clips that your hairstylist uses to keep your hair pinned up. You can find them at a craft store or a beauty supply store.

 

Add Deco-mesh

Cut a 12″ cross-section of the mesh from the roll. All I had was a larger roll, but if you are lucky enough to have a ribbon sized roll, you’ll want your piece to be about 6″ long. Create a bow out of your deco-mesh and ensure that the loops of the bow are the same length as the tails. Pull it tight and secure the center knot with ribbon.

 

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Hot glue the bow to the hat, looking in the mirror for the proper placement.

 

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Cut through the loop ends and fray the edges.

 

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Add ribbon stems to fill in any gaps. For this hat, I tied 4 or 5 pieces of ribbon into bows then cut through the loops before gluing them into place.

 

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Add Embellishments

Attach your flower with hot glue and arrange the deco mesh pieces around it. This is also the time you would add any other embellishments you might like.

 

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Clip the fascinator on your head, put on your best dress and prepare to fascinate!

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See, that was easy, right? Okay, so you probably can’t wear it to a Royal Wedding because, well, it’s frowned upon to crash one of those, but you can certainly wear it to your next Derby Party! So, get yourself to the craft store and make your fascinator! And if you bump into Harry and Meghan, tell them I say hi!

 

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How to Make a DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier Wreath

For your next celebration, whether a dinner party, bridal or baby shower or even a birthday, consider moving your floral centerpiece off the table and up, with a hanging flower chandelier! Maybe you’ve seen a floral chandelier on your favorite blog; perhaps you’ve even Pinned one – today, let me show you how easy (and fun!) these beautiful focal points are to make! 

 

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We all know I LOVE a gorgeous table setting, and for me, large, lush centerpieces are the jewel of a beautiful table. You too? Well, then you know the risk of a centerpiece being so enormous, that you can’t see the people across the table from you! Luckily for us, there is a solution – a hanging centerpiece!

Easter Table Decorations - chandelier wreath table

For our recent Easter table, I decided to move the action “up” and wow, what a focal point! The hanging flower wreath stole the show, with its abundance of blooms. Using faux flowers ensured it no mess and less fuss. It was a snap to make, and fun, too! With such a simple project, you can add the same elegance to ALL of your celebrations – Let me show you how I made it.

How to Make a DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier Wreath

You Will Need:

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  • Floral wire – You’ll use floral wire to attach fresh flowers and foliage to your small hoop and large wire frame.
  • Flowers and Greenery – see note below for selection ideas
  • Wire Cutters
  • A Foam ring
  • Fishing line – if suspending the wreath outside of chandelier

Flower selections:

I used about 10-12 large blooms such as peonies, dahlias, and hydrangeas and filled in the gaps with smaller flowers such as roses and large chrysanthemums. Other ideas include:

  • Pink Hyacinths
  • Carnations
  • Amaranthus
  • Hydrangeas
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Craspedia
  • Peonies

Greenery Tips:

Any greenery with a drooping nature, such as a fern, would be a good selection. I used both greenery stems, as well as a greenery garland that I picked up at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon – love those!

What to D0:

Cut the stems of your flowers and greenery to about 2-2 1/2″ long and divide them into size.

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Suspend your form first – it’ll be so much easier! Using four lengths of floral wire, attach your foam wreath form to the bottom of your chandelier, and twist the wire to secure.

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Begin by wrapping your greenery garland loosely up and through, and all the way around your wreath form,

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Add your greenery stems (drooping) evenly around the ring, by pressing the stems into the foam. Alternate placing them on the top and bottom, beginning to fill in the gaps between the greenery garland.

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Now, add your large blooms. Mix up the colors and alternate placing them between the top and bottom of your form, in between the greenery. You’ll want to space them about 5-6″ apart.

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Use your smaller flowers to fill in any gaps.

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Stand back. Oooo and Awwww. Everyone else will be!

 

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This DIY Faux Flower Chandelier Wreath is an easy project that takes almost no time at all – the impact it makes, though, colossal! Now, that’s my favorite kind of project!

 

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How to Make Floral Egg Stand Easter Decorations

A unique idea for displaying your Easter Eggs!  Take your Easter Eggs to a new level and create a Spring Garden Scene with easy to make Floral Egg Stand Easter Decorations. 

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Happy 2nd Day of Spring! Snow is in our forecast tomorrow – will it never end?! Rather than focus on yet another snow day, I’m choosing to set my sights on my Easter Decorations. Sort of. I’m still not sure whether to go with the Carrot Wreath, the Spring Wreath or just to go with something entirely new on the front door. It’s too cold for flowers – at least real ones. And, I haven’t started dying eggs this year – much to my youngest’s dismay (he’d dye them all year long if he could!). I have, however, pulled out some of my faux Easter eggs and was looking for a new way to display them that wouldn’t break the bank. These adorable floral egg stands are super easy to make with things you likely have around the house or can pick up at the dollar store – tissue paper, glue and a tp roll!

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A few funny TP side stories:

  1. I’ve recently switched to the tubeless toilet paper, and it’s severely cutting into my crafting TP stash! I’m just short of begging friends, family, and neighbors to fork their’s over.
  2. I LOVE commercials, and the new Charmin bath tissue jingle is on constant replay in my head. “My hiney’s so Charmin shiny!” is likely TMI. But. I. Can’t. Stop. Singing. It. And now, neither can you – you’re welcome.

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But.. that’s enough of my TP stories – Back to the project. It’s a quick one!

How to Make Floral Egg Stand Easter Decorations

 

Materials:

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  • Tissue paper
  • TP roll
  • Hot Glue and Gun

 

Directions:

Flower Petals

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Stack 6-7 layers of tissue paper, in your desired flower color, and cut a 2-inch section from the longest side of the stack.

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Accordion fold the 2-inch strip and cut a deep scallop on end through all layers. Separate layers and put them aside.

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Cut a 2-inch section from your TP roll.

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With the TP roll on its side, place a vertical line of hot glue from edge to edge and adhere a piece of colored tissue to the roll. Continue gluing this piece around the ring, pulling the taut as you go.

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Add another layer of tissue paper, this time adding a dot of glue on the bottom edge of the of the roll, about a half an inch from the seam of the first layer, but this time, place your thumb under the tissue between glue spots, to adhere the paper loosely. This will allow you to feather the petals when completed.

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Continue adding the remaining layers, edging up the side ever so slightly as you go – the outside petals on a flower are more substantial and you want to mimic that.

Flower Leaves

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Next, cut a 2-inch strip of the dark green tissue paper. Accordion fold this trip and make small slits along the top, cutting about 3/4 of the way down. Add the green tissue paper “leaves” along the bottom edge, tucking the edge under slightly to for a finished look. Gently pull apart the petals to fluff.

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Admire. Or, make more!

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Endless Options

The color combinations are endless! I made an ombre option using gradient shades of the same color. You can also mix colors or even use patterned tissue paper for a completely different look.

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I love that you can use these adorable floral egg stand Easter decorations in multiple ways – I’ve used them as both an Easter egg display stand and as a napkin rings for my Easter table. I also love that they are an easy enough project to do with my Easter lovin’ kid – pretty for Mommy + Easter egg fun = Eggcellent Easter!

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