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DIY Wedding Veil - Repurpose Two Old Veils!

Friday, March 23, 2012 |
I have my very last wedding DIY project to share with you all today! I will be doing a round-up next week of all the projects I made for our wedding with pictures of them in use on the big day :)

I knew I did NOT want to buy a wedding veil. I did not feel like paying over $100 bucks just for some tulle. 

Luckily, hubby's mother let me use hers! Isn't it great??

Haha, ok. Well, maybe not great for the 21st century. It wasn't actually even a veil, but more of a wedding cap. Check out that poof on the top of my head!! Apparently my new MIL spent more on this hat than her actual dress!

Luckily, she was very nice and told me I could do whatever I wanted with it.  Cut it up including! 

So here was my game plan: use some tulle from her veil and use the pretty comb from my sister's old veil:

Not the best picture, but the comb had lots of sparkle and some little pearls that matched the beading on my dress perfectly!

I was actually very worried about this project.  I saved it until like two weeks before the wedding and was like....I know it can't be THAT hard but I've never made a veil before!! Luckily, it really wasn't hard and I figured it out easily.  I didn't take pictures of the process (bad blogger) because I was in my how-am-i-ever-going-to-finish-everything-for-this-wedding panic mode...so I just banged it out.  Here's a quick explanation though.

I cut off the top layer of tulle from the puffy wedding cap. I trimmed off the ugly finishing it had on the end and just did a clean cut and left the end raw. The tulle was shaped was like a very long rectangle with a curved bottom. 
 I grabbed a long piece of thread and ran it through the top of the tulle, and gathered the tulle to the middle.

I then took the ends of the tread and used it to start sewing the tulle onto the comb.  This is what it looked like from the back (not really the prettiest, but hey no one saw the back it was in my hair!)


The end result?


A beautiful veil for my wedding day - that didn't cost me a thing :) Horray for repurposing! And a MIL and sister willing to part with their old veils. 

I'll be linking up to these parties:


12 comments:

FeauxCajun said...

Such a great idea!!! I wish I'd have thought to ask around or thrift-store it for my veil. I ended up getting a very plain comb style one on Ebay for under $5, but yours has so much bling & it's really gorgeous! Nice work! (Found your blog through the link party at The Shabby Nest, hope you'll visit my blog if you have some time!) Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

I'm trying to figure out what to do for a veil at this point. Thanks for the encouragement that DIY can be done! Maybe i'll come visit you this summer and we can make me one together-- i'm so nervous!

Lesley at Fabulously Flawed said...

That's amazing! I didn't wear a veil and I've regretted it ever since. I mean really...when do you get to wear a white veil again?

MiMi said...

I just love your drawings. :)
I think it's cool that you used to diff veils...it has sentimental value that way!

Anonymous said...

You did a beautiful job! And, how neat to use memories from the past, yet make it your own. Good Job!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

I love how you could use both of them and make it modern!

4you-withlove said...

What a beautiful veil you made! :D

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

What a beautiful couple, and bride, and veil!!! Congrats on the big day...and making your own veil...I did the same thing because I thought the exact same thing about spending the money on basically tulle. :) If you'd like another place to share it I'm hosting a link party today with a few fellow bloggers. It's all about the easy peasy, super simple tips and projects. I'd be great to see you linked up. :)
http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/diy-spring-wreath-painted-with-seaglass-and-driftwood/
Karah

Chandra said...

Love this...I'm getting married in Nov. and always on the hunt for easy DIY projects to help save some cash!

Chandra
astylishlittlelady.blogspot.com

c.w.frosting said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see your round up. I think I'm going to go veil-less... I'm more of a large flower in hair girl =)

xo caroline @ c.w.frosting

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

How resourceful of you! It looks great & I love the photos of it floating in the wind!

Warmly, Michelle

Jennifer said...

I love it!!

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