DIY: Valentine’s Day Fascinator + Giveaway

As Valentine’s Day looms around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dress up and look pretty. Blair Waldorf made it cool to wear fascinators (Yes, those things are called fascinators. How fascinating right?), and since I’ve been dying to get one of my own, I decided that this was the best time to make one! A DIY gift for myself! Haha. This is also a great Valentine gift idea if you’re thinking of making something for your loved one.

Things you need
1. Feathers (any colour you like)
2. Small piece of cardboard
3. Red cloth approximately 4.5″ x 19.5″ or 12cm x 50cm
4. Red thread
5. Red hairband
6. Scissors
7. Needles

First, we will make the rose. Turn the cloth over and fold the width into half, making it about 2.5″ wide. This is the side that wont be exposed. Sew the edges down with small stitches. You dont have to be neat as we will be hiding this on the inside. Once you are done, turn the cloth inside out. The side that you want to show as the rose petals should be on the outside now.

Now we have to make the rose. You start by rolling the first edge of the cloth in for about an inch or so before folding the cloth outwards to make the “petals”.

Fold the long end of the cloth outwards to form a triangle. The triangle should be nearest to where the new “petal” will be (see visual). Wrap it around the rest of the “petals” you’ve made and hold securely at the base with the other hand.

Fold. Roll. Hold. Repeat.

When you’ve reached the end, sew the loose ends securely at the base/stalk of the rose with the needle and thread and admire your beautiful work. It might be a good idea to sew across the petals too. This helps to keep the shape of the rose. Make sure the sewing’s tight because we dont want the rose to come undone!

Now comes the easy part.

Glue stick the rose and feathers to the hairband at desired position with a glue stick.

To provide extra support for the rose on the hairband, we’ll use cardboard. Cut a circle from cardboard big enough to cover the base of the rose, but small enough to be hidden.

Cover it with the same red cloth you use for your rose so it camouflages.

Finally, attach the cardboard underneath the flower and feathers for stability.

VIOLA! Your new Valentine’s Day fascinator.

In case, you’re too lazy to try it out yourself, here’s a GIVEAWAY!

I honestly wasnt sure if I should give out this DIY item I personally made. I mean, I wanted to, but I really dont think it’s good enough. It’s definitely not store material of course. There’s a reason they call it DIY.

But since it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m in the spirit of giving (isnt that Christmas though?), leave your name and working email address in the comments section if you dont mind my brilliant (HAHA!) handiwork. One LUCKY commenter will receive this DIY fascinator in your mailbox!

Draw ends 11th of February 2010, 1200hr! So start commenting now.

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  1. ivy
    February 10, 2010

    love your diy hairband 😀

  2. February 10, 2010

    im here first.. so am i getting it? haha..
    anyway, it’s a good DIY.. really creative, especially with the rose part.. really nice =)

  3. February 10, 2010

    Oh that is so pretty! I’ve made little ribbon roses before but I never thought to make big ones out of fabric, it turned out so well! Not entering the comp because I’m in Aus but I’m definitely going to make my own 😀 Thank you for the tutorial!

  4. February 10, 2010

    that’s one snazzy piece of work. pretty easy too! 😀

  5. February 10, 2010

    wow, it’s pretty!
    you made it seems so easy!
    thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  6. February 10, 2010

    VAL! This is so preettyyyy!! 🙂 But you’re prettier =D Awesome job! Do more DIY please!

  7. February 10, 2010

    I love that red colour! Reminds me of Canada!

  8. Aron
    February 10, 2010

    Brilliant tutorial and I didn’t expect that it could be that easy to make, although finding someone to make it for would be a challenge, lol.

  9. February 10, 2010

    I hope I get this, because it’ll be the perfect excuse for me to meet up with you. We haven’t had lunch/dinner together for too long already!

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  11. February 10, 2010

    Oh, and also because I’ve spent so much on my Valentine’s Day gift that I don’t feel like buying real roses.

    Yes, I’m cheap. =P

    (Actually, I’m just trying out my new gravatar)

  12. April 14, 2011

    I love this..beautiful!

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