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.
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:
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.
I used cut out pieces of lace to cover unsightly seams in the fake skulls.
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.
And here’s the finished hat! ❤
I embellished with rhinestone brooches and pearls I enhanced with individual rhinestones.
And of course, those are real working heart lockets:
This gothic batwing cocktail hat is one of my all-time favorites! I used a combo of black craft paint and clear acrylic spray paint on worbla to achieve a very bat-like texture on the wing. Sadly, this is the best full photo I took before I shipped the hat to it’s new owner.
I started by sculpting my pieces in worbla.
Then I painted the underside black and covered the cap piece first with felt and then with a swiss dot tulle. This left an ugly edge inside which I later covered with black rickrack.
Once everything was painted and/or covered, I assembled all my pieces and some embellishments including rhinestones and beaded chains.
Using hot glue and tweezers I (painstakingly) applied every tiny rhinestone after attaching the wing to my cap. Tedious but worth it! ❤
I finished it up with a spray of swiss dot mesh behind the wing. Seriously, I loved this cocktail so much it was difficult to send it away to its new owner!
worbla – black felt – birdcage netting – black ribbon – wooden skewer – black ribbon – gold liquid leaf
alligator hair clips – craft paint: black, red, yellow, white, asst. blues
heat gun – hot glue gun – needle and thread – scissors
Cut my shapes out of worbla. Used the heat gun to form the flat circles into rounded caps and curve the mockingjay emblems to the caps.
Painted my mockingjay emblems referencing each of the novel covers.
Covered caps in black felt. Also painted the inside with black craft paint.
Cut the corners off apprx. 18″ of netting. Used a running stitch clockwise from corner A to corner B and gathered to form a birdcage veil.
Used hot glue to assemble: Attach the mockingjay emblems to the felt caps, then attached the birdcage veil underneath and used ribbon to cover the edges, then attached alligator clips to either side.
Note: You can get plain alligator clips- I just happened to have these ones, which are meant for hair accessories that can also be worn as pins, left over from another project.
Hunger Games Fascinator Cocktail Hat
Catching Fire Fascinator Cocktail Hat
Mockingjay Fascinator Cocktail Hat
A gift for my very good friend, Amanda, the “Eternal Love” cocktail hat is one of my favorite hats I’ve ever made. She especially appreciated the tongue-in-cheek name!
My favorite thing about this hat is the way the skull “lovers” contrast against the elegant mix of white tulle, silver sparkle tulle and vintage lace.
Although, I am a Marvel girl at heart- Batman was my first introduction to comic books and he’ll always be my first love! 🙂
I had so much fun making and wearing this fancy Batman hat inspired by the modern Nolan bat symbol. Now I just need everyone to start throwing more fancy dress Batman parties so I have a place to wear it, lol!
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. 🙂