Introduction: Hard Veil With Origami Fascinator

This veil was made with an origami kusudama half ball fascinator made from Neil Gaiman's graphic novel 'The Kindly Ones'. 

This ball style was also used to make the white table decorations for my wedding and for the bouquets (using different sized flowers). 

- paper of choice
-guillotine (a steady hand, scissors and a ruler)
-glue gun
-veil netting
-rhinestone beading
-hair dryer


about 3 hours all up. It took me a little less time but I was pretty practised at folding the ball which is the most time consuming part.

Step 1: Step One: Making a Petal

The first step is to make each individual petal.
There are FIVE (5) petals in a flower and SIX (6) flowers in half/ball, or in the fascinator. 
The size of the squares you need is dependant on the size of the flower ball you want. For this fascinator, I used 5cm squares.
You will need THIRTY (30) squares. Obviously, you can use whatever paper style you want. 

Cut the squares and then begin the folding process. Use a mountainfold to make a triangle.

Fold the bottom points in to the top point to make a diamond shape. 

Fold the flaps into kite shapes and flatten. 

Fold the top of the kite so that it becomes a triangle shape. 

Fold the kites in half.

Roll the folded edges together. 

At this stage you can use any adhesive you like. I've used a glue gun for most of mine but I have also used a tape runner or double sided tape. which worked just as well. 
If you're unsure at this point, feel free the secured with a bobby pin or paper clip to have a look. 

Step 2: Step Two: Make a Flower

For this step, you will need to use glue gun.

Apply a line of glue along the side of petal closest to the edge and attach the next petal at the same point.

Keep going until you have attached FIVE (5) petals into a whole flower/ circle. 

If you're doing it right, this step should be relatively quick and easy. 

You will need to make SIX (6) flowers in this way. 

Step 3: Step Three: Flower Arrangement

Time to join the flowers together into the half ball that will make the fascinator. 

Again, you'll need the glue gun for this part. 

Run a line of glue off centre of two petals on the same flower from tip to tip and join two petals from another flower at the same points. 

Repeat this process until you have created the ball. 

My advice is to do join two flowers together side by side and then add the flower that will be the top of the ball to these and glue around them. It has more contact points and the top flower is the one you will see more so it's good to have some of the mess covered the glue gun that will naturally happen.

Pick the glue strands off if they are exposed.

The base of the flower should be relatively flat which means, congratulations, you've completed the main fascinator piece.

Step 4: Step Four: Making a Plan

It's best to use some blue tack to work the arrangement of the veil out.

The veil netting will be really stiff to start with. Later, we'll use a hair dryer to mould it to the exact shape you want. But to start with you might want to just loosen it a little with a very light spray of water and a quick heat. 

Gather the veil into the pleat pattern you want and blue tack it on to the comb. Try it on and make sure it's sitting vaguely right. Blue tack on the fascinator to make sure it's the right size and positioning. 

While you're at this stage, use a texta to mark where you want to cut the veil to shape. Again, don't be too precise, you can trim it down later after moulding. 

Scissors should do the job for the trimming. Trim the veil at this stage and then remove the blue tack from the veil, comb and fascinator. 

Step 5: Step Five: Glue Gun Fun

Pleat the veil FIRST. I popped it in my mouth to hold it while I put a line of glue on the comb. You need to pleat first otherwise it will dry before you've attached the veil. A paper clip or a bulldog clip would do the job just as well. 

Attach the veil making sure that the main bunches of pleats are on the edges of the comb. Glue the pleats down too. 

Don't to be too worried about excess glue at this stage, but try to make sure it's not too raised or moving onto the comb fringes. 

After attaching the veil, I glued a line of beaded rhinestones over most of the mess. You will barely see this when it's on but it's a nice, neat cover. 

Then, use the glue gun to attach the fascinator. Suggest doing this at the lower end as the comb will sit higher on your head than you might think.

Step 6: Step Six: Trying It on and Moulding to Shape.

I recommend doing your hair the way you intend to wear the veil and then putting it in.

This way, you will see how it will look on the day. 

Using a spray bottle, lightly spray the veil and then using a hair dryer on hot, apply heat while positioning it a little tighter than you want it (there will be some bounce back).

Once you've done this, do your final trimming.

And you've made your veil! Congratulations.

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