Hair Fascinator DIY Tutorial


image via Hanssie Trainor

I’ve gotten so many questions about my hair flower that I thought I would share its story with the hive. I made several trial run hair pieces before finally making one for my wedding day. At first, I thought I would use a faux flower but it didn’t have the fluffy look I really wanted. So, I switched to fabric. I made it using our guru Martha Stewart’s fabric peony template! Who says you can’t have peonies in late summer?


image via Hanssie Trainor

To get my biggie peony, use the template labeled “various peony petal sizes template.” Using various sizes gives you that graduated petal look. First, I tried it using gold satin I had laying around.


The satin worked well as a brooch that would sit flat. It didn’t have enough fluff for my hair, so I switched to chiffon.


  • Chiffon cut into squares for each petal size
  • Tulle cut into squares for each petal size
  • thread
  • needle
  • Martha Stewart template, printed out
  • Felt
  • Hair Clip


1. Print out the template (okay to use scrap paper, as I did). Roughly cut out the template petal. Pin each petal to a stack of chiffon. I found that I could cut about 5-8 layers of chiffon in one stack.


2. Carefully cut out the pattern. Repeat this step for every size petal you want. I did two stacks of each petal size to start. Note that you may need to go back and cut out more petals if you are not getting the desired fluff volume.


3. You can layer the chiffon however you would like. You could layer them on top of each other as seen in the above gold satin flower. I found that the flower held together better if you fold each petal into fourths and sew 4 together for each layer.



4. Between each layer of chiffon, put one layer of tulle. I found that the tulle gave the flower the structure it needed to “stand up”. Once you have all the layers you want, flip the flower over and make sure to sew through all the layers.


5. For me, the flower still wouldn’t “stand up” the way I wanted. I folded the entire flower into fourths, pinched all the layers together to get the flower to “stand” up like a real flower, then I sewed the “pinch” together.



6. Using your largest petal template, cut out the felt to match. Sew your chiffon flower to the felt. Attach hair clip of your choice. Pictured here is a hair comb. I found out at my trial that the hair comb doesn’t work well with a birdcage and my hairstyle.


This type of clip worked a lot better.


image via Thai Craft

Note: I had to re-make this flower 3 times to get it to look the way it ultimately did. If it isn’t looking the way you want, keep adding more layers of chiffon and tulle. Then, pinch more and more of the layers together in the back. The bigger you want the flower to be, the more difficult it is to get the chiffon to “stand.” Here’s some evidence:


It looked like a sad flower, didn’t it? It wasn’t even worth a slight smile. This next picture, on the other hand, brings out the gummy smile and all!


image via Hanssie Trainor

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. You’ll get there. If I could, you certainly can. If you need more photos to help guide you and other tutorials, here are some links to help you from Mrs Pretzel, Mrs Mascara, Mrs Lace, Mrs Sew, Mrs Pineapple, Mrs Stripes, Mrs Buttons, Mrs Hot Dog, Mrs Cheeseburger, Mrs Oyster, and Mrs Poodle!


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  1. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:30 pm

    Love! You did such an amazing job with just a little bit of material!

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    msatl07 34 posts, Newbee @ 1:40 pm

    <3 it!!! Thanks :)

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    haelmai 321 posts, Helper bee @ 2:16 pm

    So gorgeous! Now how did you attach the birdcage veil? :-)

  4. hotwings Member
    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:49 pm

    @haelmai: I made the veil separately, put the veil on first using bobby pins, then clipped the flower over the veil. So they’re 2 separate pieces. Hope that helps.

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    haelmai 321 posts, Helper bee @ 2:53 pm

    It definitely does. Thanks!

  6. locket Member
    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:15 pm

    I loved your giant flower! I keep wishing I had kept it in my plans as a must wear….ahhh that’s what happens when time slips away!

  7. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:47 pm

    You go, Hot Wings! Your flower and veil are gorgeous!

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    B, Guest @ 4:42 pm

    I still think you are one of the most gorgeous brides ever! Good job on the flower, it is beautiful!

  9. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:46 pm

    you’re my DIY hero(ine), HW. your flower is sooooooo pretty!

  10. gazelle Member
    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:55 pm

    Your fascinator turned out beautifully! I used the same template! :)

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    rusticlove 50 posts, Worker bee @ 6:15 pm

    That flower is amazing!! Well done!

  12. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:22 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial! My hair flower is looking limp and I wasn’t sure what to do… until now. Dreading taking it apart to rework it though!

  13. msseal Member
    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:46 pm

    Gorgeous! You are talented, HW :) And that flower looks perfect in your hair…absolutely perfect!

  14. lox Member
    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:39 pm

    Hot Wings, where did you get your alligator hair clips? From the place you linked or somewhere else? Not that I’m making my own hair clip ( can’t sew even a little bit) but I want to rehab one I bought. :)

  15. hotwings Member
    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:22 pm

    @Miss Lox: My hair stylist actually gave me one when I went to my hair trail. I’m pretty sure you can buy them at a beauty supply store like Sally’s. I kept trying to find them at Michael’s, but they don’t carry them. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  16. mscottoncandy Member
    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 12:10 am

    I love it! I some chiffon and comb leftover from my own hair comb I may just try this out!

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    DarStar, Guest @ 4:00 am

    Love! I used the MS peony template too but have yet to make my final fascinator…still in trial run #2 but it’s getting there. Thanks for the tips…yours turned out so lovely! 😉

  18. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:16 pm

    Your hair flower was beautiful!

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    Alicia C 41 posts, Newbee @ 8:56 pm


  20. lox Member
    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:05 pm

    @Mrs. Hot Wings: Hilarious… I totally went into Michaels this weekend to find one. Apparently they used to carry them but no longer do. Beauty supply store it is! Thanks :)

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    PennyTee 384 posts, Helper bee @ 3:30 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I want one!!! 😉 you should sell them!

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    qwerty081872, Guest @ 9:36 pm

    You look great,

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    lily, Guest @ 1:01 am

    owesome, you are talented

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