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Do-It-Yourself Wedding and Bridal Gear: How-to Make a Birdcage Veil

28 Comments 17 October 2007


My Do-it-Yourself Birdcage Veil; Ostrich Feather Fascinator, $3.00, Russian Netting, $7.00, DIY bragging rights=Priceless

Whether you were once a bride, are planning a wedding now or think there may be one in your future one day, you have to appreciate DIY bridal wear. While there are certain things, like your wedding dress or wedding cake, that you may want to leave to the professionals for your big day, there is plenty you can do for yourself to save some marital moolah.

My latest creation was this super cute birdcage veil…I’m having an off-beat wedding and my dress is going to be black, so you can imagine that finding a matching veil was hard anyway. Birdcage veils are really starting to pick up popularity amongst “indie” brides or brides looking for a non-traditional look and are much less cumbersome than their tulle sisters.

If you like the look, but don’t know a glue gun from bedazzler, then has an excellent selection to choose from…check it out before you say “I DO!”


“Emma” 18″ Birdcage Veil with Russian Netting, $36

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28 Comments so far

  1. gina says:

    I LOVE the birdcage veils. Sadly, I was unable to wear one at my wedding. But I would like to get more information about where to get the fascinator you mentioned in your post; all the ones I see on ebay are more expensive. Thanks!

  2. Wendy says:

    The fascinator was so easy it’s silly! I bought it at Jo-Ann Fabrics…it’s just a clip on feathered hair piece. You can find it in the crafts section next to their feather boas. While it isn’t as fancy as the really expensive fascinators, it was affordable and cute!

  3. brooke says:

    what all supplies do I need to make a birdcage veil??? yours looks awesome btw!!!

  4. martha says:

    Where did you get the pattern for your birdcage veil??? is it that simple?
    its lovely and i really wanna make one. but i can’t quite figure out how!

  5. Ko says:

    I just love the birdcade veil, that’s what I want for my wedding, could you tell me how to create one? Could you give me the step by step method for creating one with a hat piece on it just like Katherine Heigl?

  6. Angi says:

    I plan on making a black birdcage veil to go with my undertaker’s hat for our Halloween wedding later this year. Thanks for the tips!

  7. KimJ says:

    where can you get the netting part for $7.00? I can’t find that part anywhere!

  8. Courtney says:

    Wow! Your veil looks AMAZING!!! I am a fellow crafty girl who just purchased the netting to make my own birdcage veil…(I am just in love with the vintage look). It was purchased on a whim without me knowing how to go about it. If you could help me out with instructions on how to reproduce that gorgeous veil you made, I would be forever grateful!!! Thanks

  9. Courtney says:

    Sorry…just realized my email was wrong on the prior post so this second one is correct!

  10. wendy says:

    hey I would love the how to as well if you wouldn’t mind sending it, I have the supplies but alittle stumped as to where to start, most of the instructions I found were for the kind that clips on both sides of your head.

  11. vicky says:

    Hi, I am just in LOVE with the birdcage veils but they are all so expensive, could you tell me step by step how to do it? How exciting! Thank you so much!!

  12. Shaakira says:

    Wow wow wow!! ould you send me step-by-step DIY instructions please!!

  13. Emmatoria says:

    Am totally loving the birdcage veil – I’ve been humming & haa-ing about adding one to the huge rose corsage I already have for my Ice Chapel wedding in Lapland next March. Would totally love to know how to make one – any chance of the instructions????

  14. Fran says:

    Hi there, i have all materials to make one but i have no clue how to put it together really..
    Could you give me some help?

    Thanks a lot

  15. Wendy O says:

    WOW! Thank you all so much for the great responses. Making this veil was easier than you may think. Here is what I did:

    1) I ordered a piece of Russian netting from eBay. I think it cost around $6. When I got it, I cut it to the size that I wanted (about 12″L x 6″W), making sure to keep the scalloped edge intact.

    2) I bought a feather “fascinator” at Jo-Ann fabrics for $3. It is just a simple cluster of feathers attached to a banana clip. You can also buy a feather boa or your own feathers and glue them to a hair clip.

    3) I secured the side ends of the Russian netting behind my ears with bobby pins and then pinned the feathers behind one ear.

    Thanks again for all of your kind words, and good luck making your own! Don’t be afraid to play around with different materials (peacock feathers, tulle, etc).

  16. Teresa says:

    Thank you so much, I am a second bride who is still young, I wanted to look modern and also be age appropriate! Thank you, your idea is great! Very with the times bravo!

  17. cmegrun says:

    Those are SO beautiful! Do you sell those? I have been looking for veils on all day and yours could easily hold its own with the pros. I want one now!!! – Meg

  18. Shell says:

    Awesome. Love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing

  19. Carolyn says:

    My daughter is getting married in May and she wants me to make her a birdcage veil but I can’t find Russian or French netting to make it. I live in Chicago and I would be so thankful if you can help me.

  20. Katie Streeter says:

    I love this! They are so expensive in the store. We are having a wedding in August and I’m a vintage clothes addict I’d love to know how you did both the veil and fastinator.

  21. Adrienne says:

    I really love the birdcage veil and I would love to be able to wear one. i have shoulder length hair. How would i be able to style it elegantly?? Pictures??

  22. Rose says:

    You can order beautiful Russian netting from Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak Michigan. They have a website you can view and order from that. I did and the order was shipping out immediately. Cost me a fraction of what everyone else wanted for the netting.

  23. Amber says:

    I LOVE birdcage veils, and I was going to make my own after seeing this post. I bought all the supplies and tried to get it to work, I even got my mom and sister to try to help. It’s harder than it looks! I finally gave up and just bought one from I highly recommend them for anyone who doesn’t want to go the DIY route but still wants something affordable. I think mine was about $40 shipped. Your’s is very beautiful, I just wish I could have made the same thing!

  24. I really love to decorate the birdcage veil and wrist corsage. In wedding day, the bride can wear birdcage veil and wrist corsage. The groom can wear boutonniere. Surely you are looking so elegant style. Who are like classic style, they can try combine birdcage veil and rose boutonniere. It really looks great on your special day. Don’t forget to use silk flowers to prevent wilt.hey, why not to choose birdcage veil traditional style, it’s still ok for me.

  25. I like white veil than black ones. Yes, we all know that black never gets out of trend but when it comes to Veil then it means sadness. I prefer looking at white veil than black always.

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  27. I love this! Black said the unlucky in China, so China may not like it.

  28. Amy Gietzel says:

    Hi! Looking to make this cute veil for my wedding! Can you send me instructions too!? Thanks so much! :)

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