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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“Eternal Love” Gothic Wedding 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.