I must confess — I had never heard of a fascinator until all the buzz about Kate Middleton’s hats. Then, my husband and I were at Keeneland Race Track last weekend. In anticipation of Derby, a local milliner had set up a hat stand at Keeneland. A good portion of the milliner’s hat selections were fascinators. Princess Kate’s hat selections must have made quite an impression because at the track that day, half the hats being worn by women were fascinators. I am betting that this is going to be the Year of the Fascinator at Derby and Derby parties.
Since we were getting ready to host a Royal Wedding party, I knew I needed a fascinator. The fascinators at Keeneland were a little pricey, so I thought I could probably make my own. It was super easy! So, in case you are attending Derby or a Derby party and want to try making your own, here are the details:
Rubber Band Headband
Feathers, Flowers, Beads and other decorations
Hot Glue Gun
I purchased the flower, beaded clip and brown feather from Hobby Lobby. I already had the black feathers and black felt.
1. Remove the flower from its stem. It should pull apart pretty easily if you pull on the stem and the center part.
2. Hot glue your decoration to cover the middle of the flower. I chose a hair clip, but you could also use beads, sequins, pearls or some other type of decoration.
3. Cut out two oval pieces of felt, slightly smaller than your flower.
6. Turn over your hat and hot glue one rubber band head band on the back of the felt piece. Before attaching the felt to the headband, I tried on the headband and held up the felt piece to see how I wanted the feathers to be positioned on my head. Once you have hot glued the felt to the headband, position the other piece of felt over top the first to cover the rubber band. Hot glue the two pieces of felt together.
That’s it — you’re all done!
And, here’s how it looked on: