Sunday, May 22, 2011

How to Make a Ribbon Veil

No secret that I'm being married next month, right? We've already seen that I'm not really a traditional Giant Poofy Wedding kind of bride. I'm also getting married in the desert. So needless to say, a traditional veil, even a shorter one, is not really appealing to me. I really like the look of the ribbon veil, as shown on Offbeat Bride.

What's a crafty girl to do when she sees something she likes? Make it, of course!


~ Ribbon - in colors that you like/match your scheme/are special to you.
~ A hair doodad. I went with a barrette. If you would rather have a comb thing or elastic, have at it, but these instructions might not work the same.
~ Hot Glue
~ Clear nail Polish, white glue, or fray stopper
~ Ornamentation - I used star beads, but anything is fair game - rhinestones, beads, feathers, whatever your heart desires and makes you happy)

1. Decide how long you want your ribbons to be. Do you want them just dangling by your shoulders or all the way down your back? Have someone help you measure your desired length if it's super long. Make sure you have enough ribbon - some of the "discount" rolls only have about 3 yards on them, which may not be enough. You're going to need twice your desired length, more if you plan to use that specific ribbon more than once. Also, at this point, decide if you want your colors to be random or in a pattern on the barrette. I like symmetry, so my colors will be mirrored on each side.

2. Cut your ribbons. You want the raw ribbon to be twice the length that you want the veil. I cut the ends on the diagonal, to help prevent fraying while I worked.

3. Attach to the barrette by tying gently. Open the barrette. Fold your ribbon in half, lengthwise. Take the loop where it folds and put it through the barrette (you can temporarily remove the little curved forked tensioner thingy if you need to). Pull the ends of the ribbon through the loop and all the way through until it's snug. Don't worry if it's not perfect, you're not done.

4. Repeat as needed until your ribbons are on the barrette in the order you wanted. IMPORTANT: KEEP ALL THE RIBBONS GOING THE SAME DIRECTION. I.E. whatever side you insert the loop from the first time, insert all the others on the same side.

5. If you have not removed the forked tensioner (what is the NAME of that thing, anyway??), do it now. You'll put it back in later.

6. Plug in the glue gun. Make sure there's glue in it (duh). If you're like me, this step will take an hour because you've forgotten where you put the glue gun after you used it the last time and end up finding it in an unmarked box on top of the bookshelf.

7. Pull your ribbons snug and make sure they're where you want them to be on the barrette. On the back side of the barrette, put a dot of glue under each ribbon tie and press down to secure. They might still move around a little bit, but they will be mostly secure. When the glue is dry (5 minutes-ish), put the tensioner back in. This will also help to keep the ribbons in place.

8. Now it's time to deal with the ends. I'm sealing mine up with glittery clear nail polish, but you can use a light white glue that dries clear or some fray check or something. Just dab a little bit on the ends and let it dry. You may want to put something down on your work surface before you do this step, unless you want it all sticky.

9. When everything is dry, you can add your ornaments. Mine are slider beads that I reclaimed from a pair of shoes. Two are going on the barrette itself, and a couple are going on the ribbons. Hot glue will probably be your best choice for this, depending on your decorations.

10. Let everything dry, then try it on to make sure everything is how you want it!

The good thing is that this project isn't expensive. A couple bucks will get you multiple barrettes, and ribbon goes on sale all the time (or if you have one of the 40% off Michaels or Joann coupons). It's truly fully customizable, and if you screw up, it's easy enough to start over. Unless you and ribbon really have issues, it's a low stress way to add a DIY touch to your wedding ensemble.

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