When I first started out planning my big day, I had decided that I didn't want to wear a veil at all. However, this changed when, while trying on my dress, the consultant placed a gorgeous veil sprinkled with rhinestones on my head. I loved it! Sadly, I didn't love the $90 price tag. Since I would only be wearing it during the ceremony, I decided why not do a DIY! I got all the materials for about $20 which is a steal in my opinion! Here's part 1: Preparation, Cutting, and Bedazzling!
DIY Rhinestone Veil
Before You Begin:
- Gather all the materials. Here are links for the hot-fix applicator and hair combs. I got the tulle and rhinestones from Joann's and the nylon thread from Walmart.
- I bought my tulle 54″ wide because I want it more wispy. However, if you want a poofier veil, buy 108″ wide.
- Make any necessary measurements and jot them down. You could easily make this any length, but this tutorial is for a fingertip length veil around 36″.
1. Cut tulle to desired length if needed. I cut my mine to about 36″. However, cut it to your measurements. I'd leave a little extra just in case. It's easy to trim off a little extra if needed, but not easy to put it back! I would recommend using a pair of sewing scissors or a rotary cutter.
2. Fold the veil in half length wise or hot dog style.
3. Pin the top and sides to prevent any slippage, making sure everything is even.
4. Trace out the desired shape at the bottom. I googled pictures of veils for inspiration. I also got my mom to help because its harder than you think to get a good shape. This where it also helps to have some extra length, because it took a few tries to get the perfect shape.
5. Find the bravery to make the cut! I actually made my mom do it since she has a steadier hand. 😛 As you can see, we traced out a shape, but free-handed a bit until we liked it.
6. Trim any rough edges and make sure everything is even!
Time to bedazzle!
7. Heat hot-fix applicator. If you don't want to purchase the applicator, I think you could easily do this with a tough fabric glue. The plus-side of the hot-fix rhinestones is that they should be permanently affixed to the veil.
8. Lay out rhinestones on the tulle. The more random, the better! I only used about 40 crystals. Because the top of the veil will be eventually gathered, you should put less rhinestones at the top and more on the bottom. The top of my veil is very blingy! 🙂
9. Follow the directions for applying the rhinestones.
*Unless you have a work space you don't mind getting dirty, I would lay something underneath the veil, because the glue tends to stick a bit. Carefully pull the rhinestone away from the surface. I got the teeniest hole in my veil from tugging too hard.*
10. Stand back and admire your work! So sparkly!
I hope this helps you feel confident in doing a DIY veil. It was actually pretty fun and satisfying to see something like this to come together! Plus it's so inexpensive. Check back next week for Part 2: Assembly.