How to Make a Bird Cage Veil in 5 Easy Steps

 DIY bird cage veil for a hat or wedding veil comb.

Like for realsies easy. And this is all you need:

  • 9″ wide spool of bird cage netting (also called Russian netting or French netting interchangeably)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Matching Thread
  • Ruler or measuring tape

STEP 1:  Use your measuring tape/ruler to cut an 18″ piece of netting

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STEP 2:  Count 7 holes down and follow the line of the netting to cut off the upper right corner. Repeat for the other side.

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STEP 3: Thread your needle and knot the end around the lower right corner of your netting.

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STEP  4 : Do a quick running stitch through the netting holes  pulling the thread to gather as you go.Go clockwise from the lower right corner to the lower left corner. Do not go across the bottom.

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STEP 5:  Pull your thread to gather your netting into a caged veil shape. Tie off the end and snip your thread. TIP: Gather the netting loosely if you’re going to attach it to a hat, gather it tightly if you’re going to attach it to a barrette.

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Now you’re ready to attach your veil to a hat, hair comb or clip.

I used this veil for my couture Eternal Love hat:

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Couture “Eternal Love” Gothic Wedding Hat

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A couple years ago, I made the first “Eternal Love” hat as a wedding gift for a my lovely friend, Amanda.Cleaning out my crafting stuff I came across these two larger skulls and I was inspired all over again.  ❤

First I made a worbla base, then I covered it in white felt and added pearl trim.

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If you look closely you can see I started with the base attached to a headband, but I changed my mind later .

 I used epoxy for metal, plastic and fabric to do all the heavy-duty adhesive business. Here’s some progress during construction:

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Then I added a tulle and feather spray. Using a needle and thread, I gathered tulle then hot glued the bunches to cover my base in a dreamy cloud of tulle.

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I used cut out pieces of lace to cover unsightly seams in the fake skulls.

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The last bit was to make a birdcage veil and attach alligator clips to hold the hat securely on a head. Again, I used epoxy adhesive for the strongest permanent hold. Stinky but effective.

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And here’s the finished hat! ❤

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I embellished with rhinestone brooches and pearls I enhanced with individual rhinestones.

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And of course, those are real working heart lockets:

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Custom Lego Unikitty Hat

The Lego Princess Unikitty hat is one of my favorite (and most tedious) millinery craft projects.

I’ve worn this hat for two cosplays, first as Punk Princess Unikitty to Wondercon 2014 and then as a Gothic Lolita Unikitty to Comikaze 2014.

Since Wondercon so many people have asked to buy this hat or commission a copy…but I just can’t do it. It’s my baby! With this handy tutorial you can embark on your own Lego Unikitty hat adventure. 🙂

Loki Fascinator Cocktail Hat

 

Thor may be my favorite superhero to see shirtless, but everybody loves a bad boy. 😉

After seeing a lot of “Lady Lokis” channeling my favorite villain/ sometimes anti-hero into some pretty stunning cosplay…I was inspired to make this Loki fascinator hat.

 

Despicable Me Minion Hat!

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I ❤ MINIONS SO HARD!!!

I really do love the Minions from Despicable Me. Obsessed would not be an understatement, so I just had to make a Minion themed hat.

Here is some of the fun I had making it from scratch:

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Win a Custom Hat!

I would love to design and make a special custom hat themed to whatever your little nerd heart desires! 🙂

Go to facebook/jojossocreative, do me a solid and Like the page, holla at me in a comment/post.

That’s it. That’s all you gotta do. 🙂

Sadly I can’t afford international shipping so continental US only (unless you’re willing to cover shipping).

In the immortal words of Ru Paul: Good luck, and don’t fuck it up.

XOXO

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