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Upcycle an Old Veil

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If you want the classic bridal look, one option to consider is reusing or upcycling an old veil and make it your own!

Ashley Catherine

Forget the dress. These days a new veil purchased in a boutique or even a David’s Bridal will cost you anywhere from $50 to $300. Definitely not budget savvy. Some brides forgo the veil in favor of a simpler look like a birdcage veil, hair brooch, or flower accent. These are typically much less expensive than a veil. But if you’re like me and want the classic bridal look, one option to consider is reusing or upcycling an old veil.

I mentioned in another post that I am not a crafty person but this project was one that I was really looking forward to. First, because I got to work with my mother on it and that was special for us. Shout out to my mom, who has been a huge help to me throughout the wedding planning process! The other fun aspect was watching this 20-year-old veil transform into something modern and lovely.


  • Veil
  • Sewing scissors
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Glass pearl beads
upcycle an old veil

When I got to the veil Mom had already removed the fake roses that were attached before we started the project. She didn’t know I was going to document all of this! First, using the fabric scissors, I gently cut away all of the poofs.

upcycle an old veil

Now that the veil was poof-free we could easily see the wires that had held the fake roses in place. Next, I took a sturdier pair of scissors to cut these off, and pushed any rough edges around the circlet so they wouldn’t poke my head!

upcycle an old veil

Using gorilla glue, I attached the end of this sheer and translucent white ribbon to the circlet and began wrapping it all the way around. I didn’t worry about being exactly precise with spacing, but even so, the ribbon now looks like it was meant to be there.

upcycle an old veil

Finally, Mom and I took a strand of tiny glass pearls we purchased at a crafts store and began wrapping this around the circlet. Every so often I would put a tiny drop of gorilla glue down and press a pearl to it, just to make sure the whole thing wouldn’t slide around or otherwise fall apart. We used another type of fabric glue at first and it wasn’t enough to hold everything in place but the gorilla glue was fantastic. I would absolutely recommend the stuff.

So that’s how I took an old veil and reconditioned it to look brand new! All for around $5 worth of craft supplies. If you don’t have a female friend or relative with a veil, take a look at bridal consignment shops. Just because you can’t find exactly what you’re envisioning, doesn’t mean you can’t take something close and create your vision with the help of some simple supplies!

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Ashley Catherine

is a marketing coordinator from Portland, Oregon who enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and riding my bike, as well as indulging her nerdy side with video games, trivia nights, reading, and blogging.