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How to Make a Modern Bridal Hairpiece for Your Wedding Day

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What You'll Be Creating

You'll turn heads on your wedding day with this stunning '20s-inspired bridal headdress. Combine draped pearls with modern studs for a nod to Givenchy, and the ultimate bridal style statement.

Supplies

Wedding head dress supplies
  • Metal headband
  • 11 sew-on studs (holes going straight through)
  • 1 metre plastic pearl strand
  • Sew-on flat back gemstones
  • Headpins
  • 10 circular cord ends
  • E-6000 glue
  • Clear plastic
  • 8 x 9mm jump rings
  • 6 x 5mm jump rings
  • Focal gemstone
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers

1. Create the Studded Headband

Step 1

Thread a head pin through seven of the 11 studs. Bend 90 degrees, cut 1cm away from the stud and turn a loop with round nose pliers.

Step 2

Lay out the studs as shown below. Starting with the centre stud, glue them onto the band using industrial-strength glue, like E-6000. Ensure they are equally spaced apart.

Glue studs to the headband

Step 3

Allow the glue to dry on the headband.

2. Create the Central Gemstone Feature

Step 1

Lay out your gemstones to make a symmetrical pattern and cut a piece of clear plastic to fit underneath.

Step 2

Glue the gemstones onto the plastic strip

Step 3

Leave to dry and attach to the middle stud using a jump ring.

3. Attach the Pearls

Step 1

Roughly measure the length of the first and smallest string of pearls. Remember there will be cord ends at each end. Cut two pieces this length. 

Step 2

Using flat nose pliers, squeeze the circular cord ends firmly over the end of the pearls.

Do this at both ends.

Step 3

Attach one end of the string of pearls to the central gem motif using a 9mm jump ring. Now attach the other end to the loop on the second stud from the middle using a 5mm jump ring.

Repeat these steps to attach three more strands of pearls, as shown below.

4. Attach the Final Strand of Pearls and the Focal Gemstone

Step 1

Measure the final length of pearl strand. Unlike the other strands, this will need to drape from one side of the headband, to the middle gemstone, and then over to the other side of the headband.

Step 2

Attach both ends to the last studs on the band with 5mm jump rings. 

Step 3

Find the middle of this last strand and thread it onto one final 9mm jump ring. Thread your focal stone onto this jump ring and attach it to the bottom of the gem motif.

Get Married in Style

Walk down the aisle knowing you're wearing a one-of-a-kind piece, the kind of accessory that will become a family keepsake in years to come. You're also saving money by making your own headdress, instead of buying an expensive designer version.

Now you can put your savings towards having fun on your honeymoon!

Alternative wedding head dress

Are you planning a DIY wedding? Would you wear this headdress? Let us know in the comments below.



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