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DIY: fascinator for the races!

DIY: fascinator for the races!

| On 03, Nov 2013

You have the perfect dress, shoes, and perfect accessories for the races…but you can’t find a matching fascinator? Don’t panic, make your own!

Every girl out there has, at some point in their life, faced the dilemma of not being able to find the perfect accessories.

This is particularly difficult when it comes to fascinators.

Image: Tiernan Silcock

Image: Tiernan Silcock

Personally, I have always found them to be a little dated, and rarely in a style that would compliment my outfit.

I am not one willing to compromise my outfits, and as such, have begun to experiment with making my own accessories.

I made this fascinator for under $20 in ten minutes.

What you need:

1. A hot glue gun and glue sticks
2. A fascinator base with hair clip attached, available from any sewing store
3. A combination of assorted colourful material, gems and feathers of your choosing. Stores like Lincraft and Spotlight are great for picking up cheap scraps of material, but you can look around your home as well. Any old patterned clothes are great for pieces of mix and match clothing!

What to do:

Image: Tiernan Silcock

Image: Tiernan Silcock

– Start by covering the base
– Slowly build up the layers
– Don’t be shy to mix and match textures and colours
– Allow each item to dry before adding the next
– Make sure you are gluing each item individually, and not gluing directly onto the headpiece (this will avoid messy glue spots showing through)
– Set aside to dry for five minutes
– And finally, look fancy and standout in your one of a kind fascinator!

It’s cheap and fun, and will prevent anyone turning up in the same thing as you.

So get inspired, get creative and make your fascinator this year!