DIY Weddings – How to Make Your Own Veil

With the current credit and financial crunch that’s affecting most of the world; many couples are opting to save money by making their own wedding items. It’s often more economical to make certain things yourself, so if you have the time, you can save yourself a lot of money. While there are a number of things that can obviously be made at home, including invitations, flower arrangements, and the cake, many brides are finding they can even make their veils for much less than purchasing them new.

To make a wedding veil, you’ll need the following Items:

A satin or silk headband
Tulle or your choice of veil fabric (some brides use satin and don’t pull it over the face)
Pearl sprays – 2-3 packages, depending on your desired look
3 medium-sized flowers in white or another color of your choice
8 smaller flowers (again, the color is your choice)
A glue gun and glue sticks (low temp are best)
Fabric glue, any brand

First, you need to gather your fabric. Do this by sewing a loose stitch with a heavy duty thread roughly one inch from the end of the veil fabric. If you’re using tulle, you’ll want to fold the material in half or use two pieces to make it thicker. Next gather the fabric by pulling the thread and bunching the material together, the same way you would gather a waist on a skirt or dress.

The next step is to attach the fabric to the headband. You can do this by sewing it on or by hot gluing it in place. Although gluing is easier, sewing it will make the veil much stronger. Once you have the fabric securely in place, you can start decorating your veil.

Start in the center of the headband by placing the larger flowers first. Place the first flower in the exact center and then place the other two on each side. Hot glue each flower in place. Next, you’ll want to place four smaller flowers on each side of the larger ones. Make sure you space them evenly across the top of the band. Don’t go down too far, as the band will curve behind your ears. You may want to mark the band according to where it starts to curve down the sides before you begin gluing.

Once you have all the flowers in place, you can start filling in any blank areas with the pearl sprays. For this step, you’ll want to use the fabric glue. Remember that no two veils look exactly the same. Half the fun of making your veil is being creative and making your veil one of a kind. If you want a truly unique veil, look around your local arts and crafts for other additions, like rhinestones, sequins, ribbons and more. In the end, it’s completely up to you to develop your own beautiful style. Even if it takes you several tries to get the look you’re going for, you’ll likely still save money over store-bought veils.

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Filed under: Accessories — vicky at 8:51 pm on Tuesday, February 10, 2009