Luce Change: Minimalist Millinery

- by Lucy Edmondson

Wedding Hats! What a horror! For me anyway: I definitely don't have a head for hats. I don't know which is worse, me in a hat, or the state of my hair when I take it off! I would rather have my hair done for the occasion and go for a more minimalist option, so I thought as my contribution to this issue's wedding theme I would offer you a floral fascinator.

As you may know by now, I like to upcycle, especially as a money saver, so for my hairpiece I have made some flowers out of clear packaging material, the kind of thing you normally (by which I mean normal people!) throw away. I first tried this as an experimental substitute for Clearly for Art heatable film when I did a tutorial for Gingersnap Creations, but didn't dabble that much with using the packing material with fabric, which I thought had more possibilities to explore.

I bought a pack of three plastic head bands from Matalan for £1.50, so using up scraps of fabric this 'make' would cost not much more than 50p.

  • Fabric
  • Clear Packaging Film
  • Heat Gun
  • PVA Glue or Gel Medium
  • Plastic Hair Band
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Flower Stamps (I used Crafty Individuals CI 206)
  • StazOn, Jet Black
  • Flower Centres such as pearls or sequins

1. Choose your fabric.

Glue to a piece of clear packaging film using PVA glue or gel medium and allow to dry thoroughly.

3. Choose your stamps. I used Crafty Individuals' flower stamps and chose the ones with descending sizes of the same style.

4. Stamp all over your prepared piece of fabric, on the fabric side, using Jet Black StazOn.

5. Cut them out.

6. This bit is optional, but I added a little pink ink around the edges with a sponge as some parts of the fabric were quite pale and I wanted to pull all the colours together.

7. Warm slightly with the heat gun and bend the petals into your desired shape.

8. Stack the flowers together in groups of descending sizes using a hot glue gun. Add centers to your flowers as desired, such as flower gems or pearls.

9. Start to glue the prepared flowers to the head band using the hot glue gun. Don't you just love how the glue drips everywhere you don't want it to?

10. Keep adding the flowers, mixing the smaller and the larger and tucking some underneath.

11. The finished Fascinator - although of course you could add leaves - or even feathers!

I just used the fabric I had to hand, but why not make one to exactly match the outfit
you are planning to wear, and make a matching corsage at the same time?

14 unruly observations:

  1. I quite like to wear hats - just don't have any occasion to do so - but I love your fascinator, and what a bargain!!!

  2. How fabulous, Lucy! I'm not a hat girl either but I sure love this headband. Great tute, too!

  3. Terrific tutorial Lucy with fab results, x

  4. Hi Lucy. This is lovely and could easily be adapted for a wedding headpiece. I had no idea as I followed your tutorial but loved the outcome. Really enjoyed this inspiring tutorial and the flowers were gorgeous. TFS.


  5. OMG, how creative and gorgeous!! All I can say is wow!
    the PaperTemptress

  6. Wow this is really clever - great idea!!

  7. Ok, now I am loving this beauty even more! I had no idea you cut out each flower! This is GoRgEoUs, Luce!

  8. love the title of your article. Your project is gorgeous!

  9. What a fabulous idea, fascinators, bridesmaids, summery outfit accessory, it's simply lovely.

  10. this would be great for a bridesmaid. very pretty. x

  11. simply gorgeous! what an amazing and wonderful project. xo

  12. Hi Lucy, fantastic tutorial, such a a cool idea, and love the way you can form the flowers to make them dimensional, thanks for sharing. xx

  13. OMG Lucy...this is utterly amazing. I am speechlees. Needless to say I adore it!


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