DIY veil by our friend Nicole

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Finding the perfect accessory for your hair is tres important when it comes to completing your wedding day look. But as Nicole discovered while planning her September 2008 wedding in Sonoma, pretty veils, clips, and combs can be more expensive than you expect. She loves making jewelry for friends so decided she was up for the challenge of creating her own veil and like a handful of lovely blogging brides before her, (Peonies, Jamie, we’re talking to you), she made her own.


And she was nice enough to let Jillian come over on Sunday to watch her recreate her veil for those of you considering a project like this.

What you’ll need:
(and your supplies can vary depending on taste, of course)


Fabric: Tulle (be creative and select different sizes and textures to create contrast)
Beads/Gems (from your local bead shop. Rhinestones, crystals, clear beads add sparkle and a bit of elegance to your handmade creation)
Comb (Any beauty store or Target should have this)
Feathers (try craft stores, like Michaels)
White thread, sewing needle and fabric glue that dries clear

How To, from Nicole:

“First, I have to preface by saying there is no right or wrong way to do this project. It’s all about your preference how long or short you want to make your veil.

Step 1: Gather the materials and lay them out. You’ll want to cut the tulle in a few different sizes. This way you can play to see what combinations you like best.


Step 2: Once you have the combination you like, gather the tulle in a bunch on the comb so you can stitch the two parts together. Make sure it’s stitched tight. Play with the tulle to make sure it’s falling nicely across your face.


Step 3: Now you can begin to add gems and feathers. You’ll want to add a cluster of gems on top of the comb to hide your stitching. Then add rhinestones and feathers to your liking.


Step 4: Tuck the comb into your hair and drape tulle in front of your face…You’re done!”

See how pretty Nicole looks at her wedding? We have more pretty photos of her wedding on the way.


Bottom photos by Lydia Daniller.

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caroline on Mar 10, 2009

I'm going to add this to the list of things I'd do if I got married all over again! I think, though, that you mean tulle instead of toile (just in case ladies are searching for it online)...

Mo on Mar 11, 2009

This gives me hope that I can make my own too. Thank you!

Laura on Mar 11, 2009

What a great idea. And how special to wear something you custom-made for yourself on the big day. This one is going into the bookmarks for sure.

Shana on Mar 12, 2009

I have been looking high and low, trying to find a DIY pattern for my veil. My future Mother In Law gave me her old veil and I wanted to convert it into 2 veils, one for the ceremony and a shorter one for the reception. ** Also, on a side note, that dress is STUNNING! May I ask who's the designer? **

Jillian on Mar 12, 2009

Hi Shana, Thanks for your interest in the Veil...I love the idea of doing two different ones for ceremony vs reception. You've gotta shake things up. The dress that Nicole is wearing came from Claire Pettibone, one of my favorite designers.

casapinka on Mar 17, 2009

wow, thanks for the tutorial. i would love to try this just to wear to the grocery store (maybe in aqua or orange.)

Sarah on Mar 19, 2009

Thank you so much for this! I had wanted to make a birdcage veil but was having a hard time finding the large netting and was stuck about what to do. This tutorial is a great reminder that there are no rules when it comes to DIY! Love the result.

Abby on Mar 29, 2009

What a beautiful veil! I just did my own DIY veil as well! It is so much fun to do these little projects!

Caroline on May 12, 2009

I made my own birdcage veil for my wedding, too, using less than $10 worth of materials.

tiff on Jul 4, 2009

both beautiful & fabulous. just perfect! can't wait to try it out!!

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