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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 upcycle 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 a 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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About Ashley Catherine

I’m a 24-year old marketing coordinator from Portland, Oregon who enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and riding my bike, reading, blogging, and indulging my nerdy side with video games and trivia nights. I’m marrying my wonderful fiancé Tom in a fall-themed wedding on October, 5 2013. I’m lucky to call him my best friend.

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  • Jenn

    What a great idea!!! You’re absolutely right — I looked at some veils that were $250-$400 and was astounded! I paid $399 before tax for my dress so paying just as much for the veil was just outrageous for me! I went with a delicate floral headpiece handmade by a woman in the Ukraine and let her do the hard work for me, which was only $40 with free shipping. It was certainly worth it!! What you’ve done is an awesome idea and most of the time consignment shops will sell gently used veils at a great deal!!

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