I love, love, LOVE classic vintage stuff. Who doesn’t? I kinda wish I lived during the 40′s. Or at least had their fashion today because I do love my high tech stuff… and internet. hehe

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ANYWAYS, I think birdcage veils are so timeless and sexy. Wear one for a vintage themed photo shoot, dress up in 40′s atttire and wear one for Halloween, or make one for your wedding…. or be really brave and wear it just because. hehe!

First, I looked at some tutorials online… tried them… then they didn’t work for what I was wanting to achieve. I tried this tutorial, but it was way too puffy on top for me, and I wanted a dramatic, short veil. So here’s what ended up working for me after some trial and error…

This veil is a bandeau style veil – this means that it secures with two pins or combs, rather than one. I prefer the bandeau style because you have more control over how it sits on your face and head (I wanted one that lays more flat against my face, rather than being really poofy). It also allows you to play with angles. You could easily adjust the length of the veil to your liking.

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Here’s all the stuff I needed for mine:
1/2 yard of Russian netting (usually comes in 9″ or 18″ widths)
(I ordered the 18″ width even though the length of my veil is 9″ because I can get 4 veils out of 1 yard rather than 2 veils out of 1 yard of the 9″ netting)
Thread in matching color
Needle
2 bobby pins (or small hair combs, if you prefer)
Scissors

Supplies for separate flower embellishment:
Handmade satin flower
Feathers
Alligator clip
Black felt
Hot glue gun

I got my netting and feathers from Etsy. I purchased my netting from GS Boutique and the feathers from Plumule… though there are lots of other suppliers on Etsy, so just search for russian netting or feathers under the supplies category.

1. Cut a rectangle of netting approximately 9 inches by 14.5 inches, with the finished edge along the bottom long side (you may want to cut it slightly wider and test it against your face before you continue in case you need more netting – this was the perfect size for me).

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2. Sew a running stitch along both of the side edges, stitching through the boxes where the diamonds meet. I stitched a little bit from the edge so I’d have a little extra for when I attached the netting to my bobby pins.

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3. Hold one edge of the thread and scrunch the netting towards the opposite end. Then sew a few stitches through it to secure it.

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4. Thread the end through the end of a bobby pin (or sew it onto a comb if you decide to use combs).

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Take the extra bit on the end and wrap it around the bottom of the bobby pin and sew the loose ends to the bottom of the veil just next to the pin. (does that make any sense?) lol

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5. Repeat for the opposite side.

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And there’s your veil! Next create your embellishment and attach it to an alligator clip.

This is the clip I made. I made the flower using this tutorial. Then I cut a circle of black felt and hot glued the feathers to it and then glued the flower on top of that. I hot glued the bottom of the felt piece to my alligator clip. And that was it!

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The finished veil:

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Pretty awesome, right? Especially considering it cost me a little less than $10 to make it and these go for $50 or more on Etsy! ;)

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43 Comments

  1. That’s awesome Megan! I will admit it’s not my style, but a friend of mine would love this! I’ll have to pass it on to her.

    Way off subject, but where do you get all of your coupons? Is there a website you use? I’m trying to find ways to cut our grocery budget, and you were the person I thought of for good advice!

  2. wow! Why haven’t I discovered your awesome blog until now? I actually found it just in time as my friend wants me to make her a vintage birdcage veil for her wedding! Your instructions are great! Thanks so much! I will be stopping by again! :)

  3. Wow! I want to try making one now! What’s great tutorial!

  4. omg! thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! i can’t wait to make one for my boudoir clients. so so fun!

  5. Thank you SO much for this little tutorial!

    I just finished making a birdcage veil (via your instructions)
    for my wedding- next week!!!
    Wish me luck :)

    Yours,
    Anissa

  6. I can’t thank you enough for this!!! Awesome!!!

  7. this is awesome! exactly what i was looking for, not puffy ! thank you!

  8. Hey! Thank you so much for the help!

    I just finished my veil, thanks to your helpful tutorial and it worked great!
    With my wedding being this weekend…YIKES…. I certainly needed the help.
    Thank you again and may you be abundantly blessed!

    ~ Excited Bride!

  9. You gave the most user friendly directions out of every one on the internet. Thank you sooo much, I’m officially pumped for this project!!!

  10. Thanks for the tutorial! I can’t wait to get started on my own. The only thing I’d like to see is more pix of the finished product on someone, but other than that, this article is so awesome. Thanks again!

  11. Hi! I just loved it… i´m getting married and i´ve been looking for ideas in order to make my birdcage veil, which is something a very hard to find in Costa Rica. Thanks!

  12. I love it – can you show more pictures of the veil on someone so we can see how it translates?

    Looking forward to seeing it as I am soooo torn between a round and bandeau style!

  13. Megan,

    This tutorial-and your site is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to create this. I too, love the 1940′s and have always wanted a birdcage veil for my wedding. I love crafts and you’ve helped motivate me to make my veil. Keep up the fabulous work!

  14. This is a truly awesome tutorial! You are going to put some people out of business making it look so easy like this :)

  15. I just made my first birdcage veil using your instructions. Materials cost me $2.00 and it took ten minutes. I haven’t yet gathered materials for a floral or feather fascinator, but the veil on its own wrapped with some sheer ribbon to finish the gathered ends looks beautiful.

  16. Thanks so much!! I am starting on this tomorrow, I will let you know how it goes.

  17. Thank you for this, I am the mother of the groom. I was looking for a vintage veil and how to make it and you have made this easy for me.

  18. Thank you soooo much for this!!!! I have been ripping my hair out trying to find a way to make a birdcage veil and NOTHING seems to be working for me!!!! I FINALLY found you!!! You are AWESOME!!! You just saved me from ordering something that I COULD NOT afford and DID NOT want!! I think I might LOVE YOU!!! LOL

  19. Great tutorial. I was having trouble with my veil last night and these tips are a great help!

  20. thank you so much! i have been looking for something like this for my wedding next weekend!:)

  21. Sunny Anderson

    Thank you so much for posting this! I made my own veil for my wedding using your instructions and it came out beautifully! :D

  22. your a saviour, just happened on this, friend asked me to make birdcage veil for her,and i was thinking,where shall i start,, thanks from Kate in Ireland xxx going start !!

  23. Ramona Leonte

    I just made my own now. so cool and so easy Thank ou very much for posting and sharing with everybody

  24. Hi! This is a great tutuorial. Thank you for sharing! I really hope to hear back from you because I NEED to make very similar pink flowers for a girlfriend’s wedding. She wants to me handmake some fuscia satin flowers. Can you please tell me how you made them? I don’t know where to start. :) Thank you!!

    Please visit my blog if you can or send me an email.

  25. Thank you for this awesome tutorial!! I have a friend/customer that is requesting one of these and I’ve never even heard of one or made one before. The way you made it looks a lot easier and better than some of the other tutorials I’ve found.
    Thanks again!
    -Mandy

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  27. Thank you! I am going to make one for my wedding, and was struggling to find anything so clear to follow. You’ve just saved me S$80!

  28. Ahhh! I’ve been looking at buying one of these, but the prices are just silly. You make it look so simple… Here’s hoping it is!!! I’ll let you know how I get on!

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  30. That’s so clever, and you don’t have to spend 20 bucks for it! Very cool.

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  32. I just made one of these for my wedding. I used a smaller mesh, and had to finish the edge with thread, but it came out super cute! A great compromise between that huge veil that takes over the outfit and having no veil at all (which would have been a no-no, cause it was a Jewish wedding where the groom has to veil the bride). Incidentally, I came up with a great way for my groom to veil me: I attached a magnet to the point on the veil which otherwise would have been pinned in my hair, and simply had my groom stick the magnet to my hair piece (or, fascinator if you want to be more accurate). It worked great!

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  34. Awesome!! I needed this! I’m attempting my own – I’ll let you know how it goes!

  35. THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! 24 days away from my wedding and I STILL hadn’t purchased or made my veil yet! I was on the verge of buying it (which I really didn’t want to do [[they're expensive!!]]) I have tried several different tutorials and none of them worked well for me =[. I found your tutorial and I thought I’d give it a try. It looked simple (it WAS!) so I ordered more veiling and gave it a try tonight. It turned out looking exactly how I wanted it!

    THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE!! (And my wallet!)

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  37. Thanks so much!!! I have decided to make my veil instead of buying because all these costs really add up!! Your site has, so far, been the easiest to understand. I also like that you mentioned the bandeau falling flatter on the face rather than being poofy, because that has been a concern for me. I really want mine to be flat on my face. Again, thanks so much! I can’t wait to get started.

  38. Thanks so much for sharing!! I am making a veil for my mother’s wedding and just wanted something simple and this is perfect! Your instructions are very clear and I’m confident I can get just what I was looking for my using them. Again thanks for sharing your instructions!

  39. Hi. This post was really helpful. I wanted to make my own birdcage veil after seeing how much I would have to pay for one!! Plus, I figured if I started early (the wedding is in December) at least there’s time for meto experiment. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow. I wasn’t able to find white netting, but found that I actually preferred the black because it came off more subtle (I have dark skin). Then I made a fascinator with one peacock feather and then some teal and turquoise feathers. I love it! Thanks again! Love this post :-)

  40. Love your site! i have a question, I really want to make this for my wedding next month!, If I wanted a half face veil, how much larger should I measure it? I halready have the tulle:0) Thank you so much for reading!
    Ash

  41. This is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to make one for my wedding but couldn’t find a good reference on how. I was going to give up and buy one until I found this!

  42. Thanks great tutorial – making one for my second marriage!

  43. Thank you for helping me save $$$. I was able to make my own for my wedding and it’s awesome!

  44. Hi there,

    Love this! My vintage boutique just had a piece featured in a photo shoot the other day, and I needed a veil ASAP. I am terrified to sew and your tutorial made making my own veil much less scary. I will be be a birdcage veil making fool now. Thanks so much!

  45. Alexandra Hanley

    Just made one for my wedding in august :) such an easy tutorial to follow, thankyou!

  46. FANTASTIC! I made a blue one for a vintage photo shoot and I plan to make more for halloween and other special occasions. I’m also going to make a white one for my wedding next year! THANK YOU!! This was an easy to follow tutorial especially for someone like me who hasn’t learned how to sew (yet!) :)

  47. This is what I have been looking for. Just didn’t know the style of birdcage it was. All the other tutorials I saw online were great but too puffy like you stated. This is just perfect for my birdcage veil for my wedding. Thanks a million. <3 Will credit you when I post the photos on my blog.

  48. Thanks so much for posting this. I’ve been looking for an example to make a veil like this from and didn’t find any good tutorials. It looks great!

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