DIY Birdcage Wedding Veil

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Making a veil at home can be just as simple as hunting for one. This birdcage veil was custom made for the bride above, Halligan Norris Smith. The assemblage process took only a couple of hours and shopping for the materials was even less time. The best part is that you have the custom veil you wanted, for much less money. Click “more” below to read the rest of the tutorial…

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Materials & Tools

-4×4 Square of felt

-1/2 yd of 9 or 8” wide Russian veiling

-Hat combs (optional, bobby pins may substitute)

-Fabric glue

-Good luck charm

-3 silk or fabric flowers, source: craft store, tinseltrading.com

-8 filler flowers, millinery or small silk flowers work well

-Needle & thread

-Scissors

-Straight pins

-Ruler/ measuring tape

Instructions

Step 1-Cut heart from felt using template or freehand

Step 2-Cut veiling to 14” piece, if you want a fuller veil add an inch or two, demonstrate fullness by gathering the fabric in one hand. When cutting, be sure to cut just below the “knots”

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Step 3-With needle and thread make a continuous running stitch starting with a cut edge, then work needle along one finished edge and thru the other cut edge. Leaving opposite finished edge open. Be sure to catch each stitch through the “knots” of the veiling.

Step 4- Gather to fit on felt heart, then tack down by stitching with needle and thread. At this point play with veiling and placement using a model head or in the mirror. If using combs, attach now to opposite side of heart that veil is attached to.

Steps 5 & 6-Pin flowers to heart, on top of veiling to figure out best placement, then tack down with needle and thread or glue into place.

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Step 7-Once main flowers are set into place add filler flowers, good luck charms or trims to your liking. Set flowers by gluing stem ends and sticking them in-between main flowers. Charms or trims can be added with needle and thread.

Project created by Haylie Bird Waring

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25 Responses to “DIY Birdcage Wedding Veil”

  1. WL

    I don’t quite get what happens to the actual veil between 4 and 6, does it all go beneath the flowers? Can we have more photos from different angles- that would help to illustrate how to get the flip-down part of the veil? Thanks!

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  2. HaylieBird

    Dear WL,
    I’m sorry I don’t have anymore images, but yes, the flowers go over the veil, where the veil is stitched to the heart. You will see when you gather the veiling, it creates a bubble like form, and that portion hangs down over the eyes, you are only attaching a small portion of the veil (the gathered end) to the felt piece. As I worked on the veil, the part that hangs over the eyes was folded under the felt heart to keep from getting it tangled. I hope this helps. From now on I will be better about documenting each step and from different angles.
    Thanks,
    Haylie

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  3. Sheila

    Where can you buy Russian veiling? I’ve bee looking for it everywhere with no success.

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  4. HaylieBird

    Dear Sheila,
    I found this online source, http://www.hatsupply.com/russianveiling.htm
    but I have never ordered from here before, I actually purchased the veiling that I used for Halli’s veil at Tinsel Trading in New York City, but I have also seen it at several other bridal supply shops that I have visited in the past few months. Also check at etsy.com (search under supplies).
    I hope this helps. Good luck on your search.
    Thanks,
    Haylie

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  5. seamsgoodtome

    Love this- thank you!!
    manders- thank you for the website. i ordered a yard last night!
    cant wait to get started
    id love to see pics if anyone makes one!!

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  6. Ashley

    Awesome! Thank you so much! I didn’t want to spend $100 for the bird cage that I found in the boutique so learning how to make this helped so much. I like the one that I made from these directions way more than the one that I found in the boutique. I altered the measurements of the veiling though, so it could act more as a reception veil without me having to feel weird with something over my eyes the whole time. Thanks again for the help!

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  7. Shealyn

    The best place I have found for netting and other art and wedding supplies is etsy.com! They have great stuff!

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  8. zemora cage

    Lovely lovely, can’t thank u enough 4 the bride I’m making this for! She was elated indeed. Thanks again MOMZ

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