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What are fascinators?  They are smaller than a hat, but bigger than a hair decoration.  They are an English tradition, often worn on fancy occasions.  The reason they are fascinating is because you can be as creative as you like!  Feathers, beads, ribbons, fabric—use whatever craft materials you like to make it interesting.  The more outlandish, the better! 



Step 1: 

Collect all of your materials! You will need a piece of felt or craft foam, scissors, glue, bobby pins or plain hair clip, sheer fabric, feathers, silk flowers or petals, and beads. Look in your craft cupboard, be creative and decorate your fascinator with whatever materials you like!

Step 2: 

You will need a base for your fascinator.  It can be felt or craft foam.  Use a circle about 2.5" inches in diameter for the doll, and about 3" - 3.5"inches in diameter for yours.


Step 3: 

You will need a way to attach the base to your hair when you and your doll wear them.  You can either glue a bobby pin or plain hair clip on the back, or use concealed bobby pins once you are finished.


Step 4: 

Then, be creative with your decorations.  If you would like a mini veil to hang down on one side like our blue one, cut an oval out of sheer fabric or tulle (netting) that is about twice the size of your circle.  Attach with a dab of glue to your base.

For our blue one we made two flower shapes out of silk flower petals.
Then we added beads in the centre of the flower.
For our pink one we first attached several long feathers.
Sheer fabric was gathered to make a poof.
Finally beads were glued on in the centre.

 Step 5: 

Once the glue has set, attach them to the side of your head at a jaunty angle and you and your doll are ready for a Royal Wedding or a Spring Tea Party.  Have fun!


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  • So easy!!!

    Chii on

  • So easy to make and fun for child and doll!

    Diane Berge on

  • Will try this with granddaughters.

    Rika brouwer on

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