In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it. You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade. Well, if you intend to be the grandest lady in the Easter parade you had better hop to it and make yourself a fascinator! These fascinators are the lovely bits of doodadery for your head that were featured in the Easter episode of Glitter, Glue and Gluttony
Felt Flower Fascinator
What you will need:
• 20 gauge wire
• beads – make sure the 20 gauge wire will fit through the hole in the beads.
• glue – I used Fast Grab Tacky Glue to attach the felt to the base and glue flowers to the base. I used Martha Stewart Glittering Glue to decorate the flowers with glitter because it has a brush and dries clear.
• fine glitter
• cardboard – I used cereal boxes
• hair clips – These are available in different shapes and sizes.
1. Cut the cardboard into the shape you want the fascinator to be.
2. Cover one side of the cardboard in Fast Grab Tacky Glue and place it glue side down on the felt.
3. Cover the other side with glue and fold the excess felt over on top, covering the cardboard. Press down on the felt firmly so there are no bubbles. Curve the felt-covered cardboard into a shape that will fit your head.
4. Place the base over a curved object while it is drying. This will help it dry in a curve so it fits your head.
5. When the glue is dry, cut out the base staying as close to the cardboard shape as possible.
1. Make flower stencils – Draw a flower shape on to a piece of cardboard and cut out the design. You can either free hand a design or download stencils/shapes from the Internet. I made several different shaped flower stencils (both large and small versions of each.)
2. Trace the flower design on to a piece of felt and cut out the flower. Don’t worry if the flowers are not perfect…flowers are not perfect in nature and the differences will make your design more interesting. Repeat this step to make many flowers.
3. Make the flower centers – String beads onto a piece of wire (three beads for larger flowers, two beads for smaller flowers.) Leave enough wire sticking out above the beads so you can wrap it.
4. Wrap the end of the wire on top around the bottom end of the beads making a triangle. Wrap the small piece sticking out around the longer piece of wire below the beads. Wrap it neatly so there are no sharp ends sticking out.
5. Stick the wire through the center of the flower.
6. Wrap the excess wire around the felt surrounding the beads on the backside of the flower. This will make the beads appear to be part of the flower rather than just sitting on the top.
Attaching flowers to fascinator base:
1. Arrange the flowers on the base before using glue so you can move things around and get the design you desire.
You can also add felt leaves, feathers, and other festive holiday decorations.