I’m glad you’re here to see my Halloween Fascinators! Some bloggy friends and I have teamed up to create a Holiday Blogstravaganza- we will each be sharing holiday crafts, DIY, and recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (Already?) Yes!
So after you read about my Halloween fascinators, be sure to check out some of the other awesome Halloween links at the bottom of the post:)
Kate Middleton has made the fascinator hat über trendy this year. While I’m not bold enough to wear these on a daily basis, they are a great way to jazz up a Halloween costume!
This is less of a tutorial and more of a guide. If you’d rather just see finished fascinators, scroll to the bottom. I totally get it. This post is forever.
To keep this post shorter, I’m starting with store bought miniature hats purchased at the craft store. They are usually found in the doll making section. I normally use a stiffened piece of felt cut into whatever shape I need. There are no craft police that will judge you on what you choose for a base, so use whatever is easy or available.
Gather your lace, trims, buttons, gems, ribbon, sequins, feathers, rhinestones, beads, fabric scraps, and tulle. The more junk; the merrier!
Be creative! It’s fun (and cheap) to make your fascinators with things you already have at home.
Don’t forget about costume jewelry,plastic bugs or small toys, nature items such as twigs and berries, or fake flowers. Below, I used little plastic bat rings from last years Halloween bucket.
Decide if you want the hat structure to show or not. If it needs to be covered, you can paint it, cover it with fabric, mod podge, or anything your creative little heart desires. Then you just arrange and glue a bunch of crap on top. We can handle that, right? Below, I used a 99 cent witch hat to create a pumpkin top fascinator.
I normally use a metal barrette. I make big, ridiculous fascinators; so sometimes I use a barrette and an alligator clip on the opposite side. A headband can also work if your piece isn’t very big or tall. (Bridal fascinators are often made with fastening combs. I’ve never used them myself, so I’m not sure how well they work.) These items can be found in the jewelry section of the craft store.
Here’s how you attach the barrette.
Galvanized or floral wire can add height to your fascinators. You can add styrofoam balls, beads, or glitter to dress up your piece. Can you see how I sort of poked a pipe cleaner up through a straw hat to create antennas? So…it doesn’t look like a bug/alien yet. You get the idea!
A few tips:
-Be aware of the barrette placement as you build your fascinator. Some fascinators are worn at extreme angles, and the barrette will need to be placed accordingly. For example, if you plan to wear your fascinator at a rakish angle, you don’t want the barrette sitting on your ear or eyebrow!
-You may want to run a needle and thread through and tack the barrette before gluing. Hot glue on its own is fine, but when you add a lot of height or your fascinator gets heavy, you’ll want to sew it in for extra security. Sometimes it’s hard to get through the layers, but I still prefer to add the barrette last so that it’s exactly where I want it.
-Don’t get too heavy. Use lightweight items. Glue adds weight, so use sparingly and finger press it for a moment.
-To change the shape of your hat, glue the brim up to the hat on 2 sides, like my pirate version, below. You can make a tri-corn hat by gluing up 3 sides. (Stick a feather in this hat and call it macaroni.)
Pumpkin Top Fascinator
Pink Lady Fascinator
Thanks for looking at my fascinators! Hopefully you will be visually inspired. If my instructions have left you scratching your head, ask me anything and I’ll do my best to help.
Be sure to check out the rest of the links in the Holiday Blogstravaganza!