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I was on the hunt for the right veil to match my previous wedding dress. Even though I’d tried on one at the bridal store, I wasn’t about to shell out over a hundred dollars for just a birdcage veil!

After searching high and low on (can you tell I love this site?) I finally found the perfect veil; a double layer birdcage veil. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it. It was as if it sang to my soul BSB fam. Unfortunately, $45 dollars was still a little too steep for me. Before I could justify the splurge I researched what it would cost to make this on my own. A yard of lace and tulle brought me under $20. So you know what I did?

I DIY’ed it, or at least tried to  🙂

I know what you’re wondering. Have I ever sewn anything before? Well, it had been a while. Granted, the last real thing I sewed was a small pillow in middle school. And since then I’ve been limited to sewing up holes in comforters and Kyle’s workout pants. We’re not even going to talk about the vintage sewing machine I’ve not turned on since getting it last summer.

So I set forth to complete the task at hand. I had all the right tools (lace, tulle, hair combs, needle and thread, rotary cutter, and measuring tape). I measured once, and cut twice, and this is where that got me:

The little veil.

Obviously, you’re supposed to measure twice and cut once. By my second (technically third) attempt, I talked myself into not using the lace. After all, I should master making the birdcage veil with just the tulle first 😉

The short and puffy veil.

The second/third one was also short and this time too puffy in the front

Finally, I decided to give it one more try. This time, I’d make the veil longer. By the way, sewing these things were the biggest pains of my life.

My final attempt.

There’s this saying, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try try again’. Well, I’ve tried again, and again. I think I’m going to leave this project to a skilled seamstress; my mom. DIY #FAIL


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About Renae

I'm a 25-year old bubbly bride-to-be! I work in advertising in New York City, and am marrying my high school sweetheart and best friend, Kyle, on April 12, 2014!

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  • Kristi

    David Tutera has a cute birdcage veil on Koyal Wholesale for $19. 🙂

  • Renae

    Thanks Kristi for the tip! I looked it up, and it looks so much better than the ones I tried to make :-).

  • Shazia

    Hi Renae,

    Try this YouTube video. I actually used it to make my birdcage veil. I spent a total of $14.54 because like you, I think its preposterous to spend > $50 on a veil! I wish I could upload a picture of how it looked on me and that none of my friends believed that I actually made it :-/

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