Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Fascinator...made quick and easy.

     I don't wear hats. Some people look marvelous in them...but not me. My mom, my sister and I have discovered we can't wear hats because we have small heads. Who knew...but it's true, hats just don't fit.
     A couple of years ago I was at a craft show and saw a booth of amazing little hats. They were small, fit on the head with a headband and chock full of the most outrageous and gorgeous “stuff” I had ever seen on a hat. Recently my mom asked me if I had a hat she could borrow for a program she was attending the next day at her local Women's Club. “Nope, mom I don't wear hats, but I will be right over to make you a Fascinator.” I had learned this term when I approached the hat lady at the craft booth. These marvelous little pieces of art “for the head” are called Fascinators.

                                                              Completed Fascinator

     Don't you just love YouTube?, I quickly did a search for “how to make a fascinator” then ran out to my studio to gather up some things I could glue to a headband, stopped at Michaels for a few flower picks and some tulle and hit the road to mom's.

                                          Felt cut in circle, applied around rim with hot glue.

     I don't generally care a lot for using hot glue but this was an I hot glued all the items to the headband. I am sure the hat lady in the craft show nicely sewed her items on and carefully constructed them, but for a quick headpiece you just can't beat hot glue.

                              Felt covered lid, additional circle cut from felt to cover completely.

Basics of it are ….take a headband, any glue ribbon around it. I used a lid from a margarine tub for a round base (got this idea from YouTube), which I covered with felt and then glued all these fun items to. It is basically just gluing a bunch of stuff to the base and then gluing the base to the headband. Check out YouTube for additional ideas.

                                                              Mom and Fascinator. 

     Mom called me after her meeting, everyone loved it! Yay!!..thank goodness, wasn't sure if mom was really into this “fascinator hat” as much as she pretended !  This is fun.... try it for the holidays. Think about it ….you could glue anything to it, my next one may be a little miniature mixed media art piece.


Carolyn Blocher said...

Love the Fascinators. There were so many at the Royal wedding. Yours is just terrific and thanks for the instructions.

Cindy Shepard said...

Thanks Carolyn, I do too...this was my first one but I plan to make some more..maybe even a Zentangle fascinator!

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