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3 Step Fancy Flower Fascinator

CraftsDo It Yourself

So you wanna make a fancy thingamajiggy for your head? Fascinators are eccentric, glamourous and extravagant headpieces (bigger than a barrette, often seen as a hat) that add flare to your burlesque costume. You can make a fascinator using dollar store pieces + half and hour of your time + your love of sparkle.

fas·ci·na·tor | ˈfasəˌnādər/ noun plural noun: fascinators

1. a woman’s light, decorative headpiece consisting of feathers, flowers, beads, etc., attached to a comb or hair clip.

2. a fascinating person.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • 1 synthetic flower clip
  • 1 tube of glitter glue
  • Loose glitter
  • Glue gun

Optional:

  • placemat (I use this to protect my surface and to make clean up easy)
  • sequins
  • rhinestone stickers

flower fascinator set up

I keep a small box where I throw broken jewelery, orphaned earrings and dollar store finds (e.g. halloween or Christmas decor) that I’m not quite sure what to do with. Use this collection as your treasure chest of inspiration.

-Luna’s Pro/Hoarder Tip

Steps:

  1. Use the glitter glue of your choice (fine glitter glue works best) and outline all the petals.
  2. While the glitter glue is still wet, sprinkle glitter (preferable over a placemat or paper plate) so that is decorates the blue glitter glue, but doesn’t cover all of it. Shake off the excess.
  3. Let it dry over a few hours or over night. If you want to add feathers or leaves to add drama to it, glue gun them to the back of the flower against the petals, careful not to obstruct the clasp that attaches it to your hair. Voila!

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Total cost:

Glitter glue ($1) + Glitter ($1) + Flower ($1) = $3

final flower

flower on my head

Tips:

  • Keep it lightweight – weighty fascinators are hard to secure to your head and you risk it dislodging during your act
  • Consider your choreography – will you be removing any clothing over your head? Will you be flingying your boa over your head?
  • Increase height with feathers – use ostrich feathers for fascinators that are investment pieces, use tall synthetic feathers for a low-budget option. Create the feathers into a fan for a more dramatic effect.
  • Double up the flowers – to add emphasis, add two flowers side by side and decorate them in a similar way.
  • Use light-weight sparkles – heavier rhinestones add to weight. Dollar store sticker rhinestones are great – reinforce them with a glue gun, don’t use the adhesive that they already come with (they’ll eventually fall off).
  • Give it personality –> your fascinator is not a muted piece of your costume just because it isn’t a peel piece. In fact, because you aren’t stripping out of a fascinator, it will remain on you when you’re nuthin’ but pasties and a g-string, so you want it to emphasize your elegance and remind the audience of your theme. For example, if your character is a sailor chick, consider making your fascinator using a toy boat or a cute sailor hat.

Need some fascinator inspirations?

Check out these famous fascinators on Pinterest. Use your creative juices to mix fabric, feathers and findings to create dramatic headpieces for your acts. Check out these samba headpieces for some over the top inspiration.

Inspire me with YOUR fancy fascinators.

I’d love to see your fascinators, tag me on Instagram!

Better yet, let’s have a Fascinator Crafternoon – if you’re up for an afternoon of crafting with your besties, contact me for more info on hosting a workshop.

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