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DIY wedding hairpiece

Corie Russell is a Midwest-born writer living in New York City. After dabbling in the office life as an editor, she joined the ranks of full-time freelancers and writes about everything from home decor to the recession.

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If you're still experiencing sticker shock after buying your wedding dress, making your own hairpiece might ease the pain.
Time to accessorize!
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Hair accessories bought in bridal shops can cost an arm and a leg, so making hairpieces for you and/or your bridal party can help you save money for more important things (ahem… like the honeymoon).

The supplies for your hairpiece can be found in craft stores, flea markets and/or fabric stores for a very reasonable price. To incorporate your something old, ask a female relative if they have a piece of costume jewelry they would like to donate for your project. Double bonus: Use a blue jewel and knock out your something old and something blue.

For this hairpiece, I bought an inexpensive already-made hairpiece from a craft store and removed the hair clip backing and jewel to create a new piece. Tip: Don't discount a jewel that you're not crazy about on its current hairpiece — when paired with feathers and netting, mine transformed from crafty to vintage.


  • Metal hair clip backing (remove pin on back with pliers)
  • Feathers
  • Jewel/charm for center
  • Glue/adhesive (I used E-6000 adhesive.)
  • Netting
  • Wire (or something similar to bunch and tie netting)



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Cut a piece of netting and gather until it folds like a fan. Tie together with a small piece of wire.


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Glue netting onto metal hair clip backing.


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Experiment with different feather arrangements before gluing.
It's important to hold the project-in-progress against your hair to see how it will look.
Glue feathers over netting, making sure to cover the entire metal backing.


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Glue jewel to center, pressing down to secure it to the feathers.


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Trim the bottom of any feathers sticking out under the jewel.

Quick Tip

After the hairpiece dries, ask a friend or family member to help you test different hairdos incorporating the hairpiece. Then take pictures so you can show your wedding stylist!

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