Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DIY: How to make a feather hair fascinator

I promised I'd show you the hairpiece I made for the Kentucky Derby themed party! I probably shouldn't have waited until about 3 hours before the bit show to get started. LOL.

Here's what I did, and keep in mind, that I wanted it to be big and showy for the party, so this is not something I'd wear to the grocery store. Well, I could, but people would point and laugh at me.
(more than usual).


I started by cutting a piece of doe suede in the shape of a tear drop. It's about 1.5" wide by 2.5" long. I used doe suede because it's what I had and was sturdy. You could use a piece of leather, felt, etc.

I then cut the bottoms off of 3 peacock feathers about an inch from the center eye. Keep the bottom parts, I used those too! Arrange the feathers on the doesuede how you'd like them, and glue with a hot glue gun. I started with the 2 outside feathers and then the center one on top.

I decided it wasn't big enough (I keep telling you I'm a displaced Texan) and so I used the bottom piece as a filler in the back. I added a few little sparse feather pieces and glued them to the middle end so it didn't look all chopped up.


I then remembered that I was supposed to use chicken feathers too! I wanted a few little filler feathers which I had some barred rock short feathers and a couple Rhode Island Red rooster tail feathers.

Place your feather on a surface that you can cut on. A piece of cardboard or a self healing mat. With a very sharp pen knife, cut along the shaft of the feather to about 1 inch from the tip on each side. Trim as close to the shaft as possible. You may need to use a pair of scissors to shape the feather tip.

I then bundled them together and glued them at the base of the other feathers. (I didn't get photos as now I'm in a huge hurry!).

After I was all done, I pinned an antique brooch on the leftover piece of fabric tab on the end. I glued this whole shebang to a headband because it was too heavy for a clip. Actually, I glued it to a clip and figured out it wasn't going to work, so I glued that AND the clip to the headband.

Don't do it that way.

Also don't be in a hurry.

To give it a little extra oomph, I cut a small piece of birdcage veil and pinned it in my hair before putting the headpiece on.


Excuse the crappy light, this was in my kitchen when we got home. I was too lazy to try anything else.

{I are a photo grapher person.}

If I were going to continue to wear it, I'd cut out the filler piece and trim back some of the eye feathers so it wouldn't be quite so big.

It was a big hit - and looked very nice with my wedding dress. Yep, I wore one of my wedding dresses! (I had two). It doesn't look like a wedding dress though. I mean, how often am I going to have the chance to wear a full length dress out?

The down side to this, is that now I have someone wanting me to make them one. This is how it all gets started.
It's all down hill from here.


the Goodwife said...

Well come on, how come you didn't show us a full picture of you in all your Kentucky Derby glory?? I swear, sometimes you are just so mean! ;0)

Very pretty hair thingybob!

LisaDay said...

I agree with the Goodwife. But beautiful work.


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