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How To Make a Fascinator

Updated on November 1, 2014

What is a Fascinator?

Have you been to a wedding recently, no? Well how about a christening? Maybe a day at the races or any other kind of occasion where you would want to look special. To stand out from the crowd, you will have to do something different and one way you can do this is by wearing a fascinator.

What's a fascinator? I hear you ask. Well a fascinator is simply a headpiece that is used instead of a hat. They are chic, stylish and ultra cool. They can be made from anything you want. Feathers, ribbons, beads or fabrics, in fact you can just use some of these items or all of them. It's completely up to you, experiment and choose designs that you like.

You can create different fascinator's for formal occasions such as weddings, church services even funerals or for casual occasions, such as parties or days out. You can be much more flamboyant on these occasions and really express yourself with exotic designs.

So if you want to make your own fascinator, then carry on reading. Watch the video, it is brilliant and I highly recommend that you check out the Ebook by Jacqueline Kolbe for techniques and tips.

A very stylish Kate Middleton
A very stylish Kate Middleton | Source

What tools you will need

  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Multipurpose glue
  • A hot glue gun
  • Feathers
  • Beads
  • Fabrics
  • Stapler
  • Comb, Headband or clips
  • A base or you could make your own from card.
  • Ribbon
  • Milliner wire or pipe cleaners

You can purchase most of these from most craft shops or eBay

A demonstration in less than four minutes


Making a base

If you decide to make your own base then draw a circle using a compass 5mm or 1/4 of an inch larger than the length of the comb. Then cut a straight line from the centre of the circle to the edge. Overlap the card to create a cone shape and staple in place.

Then add glue to the top of the cone and stick on your fabric. The fabric has to overhang by about one centimetre. Turn over then snip the overhang about one centimetre or 1/2 an inch all the way around. Add glue to the inside of the card and fold over the overhang.

Then for the inside, cut some fabric just so it falls short of the edge of the cone about three millimetres or 1/8 of an inch but make sure it covers the overhang from the front side and glue into place. Finally use hot glue and stick on the comb.


Now all you have to do is decorate the base. Just let your imagination go but don't overdo it, sometimes less is more. I prefer to lay out the décor and rearrange as necessary before securing.

To avoid getting glue on your feathers it may be better to staple them although with feathers with thicker quills it may be better to use hot glue the quills.

Fabrics, netting and ribbons are all better glued. For real security and the larger accessories, it might be better to sew them on.

If any staples are showing then just cover them up with beads or small feathers.

A tea cup hat.

Business Opportunity

This is an absolutely great business opportunity. You can pay astonishing prices for a fascinator but they are so cheap and easy to make once you have the materials.

It wouldn't take too much imagination to create a few works of art and sell them on ebay or other outlets. You could possibly go to Bridal shows and market your goods, selling at a huge profit. You may be able to teach others and start up a few classes.

I am not sure if fascinators are worn anywhere else in the world but over here in the UK, they are big business. There are very low start up costs, easy to do and it's a very lucrative market.

So what are you waiting for?

You have spent a fortune on the outfit. The jewellery and your make-up looks superb but there was something missing. Not any more. After all You deserve it.


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      caroline vine 4 years ago

      I put my lovely fasanators that i made on ebay but there are thousands so no one seems to even look at mine. I wore one to a wedding last week and lots of people said how great it was. I don't know really where to advertise next.

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you! It is a pleasure to share your hub. :)

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      Peter Donnelly 4 years ago from UK

      Your quite welcome to link hubs with me, cat on a soapbox. I love your name by the way. Thank you for the kind comments.

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      I really enjoyed this hub and have linked to it from my hub:

      Please let me know if you have any objections. Thank you for a very fun tutorial.

      Cat :)

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      cledford 6 years ago

      Love the info! I am interested in doing this as a business here in the !!U.S.. Not many millinery shops around here and buckram is like trying to find a needle in a haystack!!Thanks!!

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      fascinator 6 years ago

      Superb hub for those creative ones among us wanting to make our own fascinators!

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      Peter Donnelly 6 years ago from UK

      Please let us know how you do with your fascinator's Mary.

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      Mary M. 6 years ago

      Thanks for "How To Make a Fascinator". I am going to try making one following your directions.

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      Peter Donnelly 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. I hope this page has inspired you to at least try and make your own Fascinators.

      They are really quite easy to make and can look fabulous. Don't be shy, try all kinds of fabrics, feathers or ribbons. In fact, you can use all three if you want to. Just let your imagination go and I am sure you will get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from showing off your creations.

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      celebritie 6 years ago

      These are so adorable, I have to get one.

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      MooreBeauty 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I do like it, a lot!! I loooooove Kate and I can't wait to get my hands on one!!

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      violalanders 6 years ago

      Great hub. This is useful information. Thanks about this.

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      Peter Donnelly 6 years ago from UK

      Strange that this is my most read hub but I have not received any comments. Please let me know if you like this information.