If you watch the Kentucky Derby or look at photos that show the British royal family at the races, you’ll already know what a fascinator is.
For those of you who haven’t seen one, a fascinator is a small hat usually made from a headband adorned with velvet, lace, feathers or faux jewels.
Fascinators hark back to the 1920s, and look as good with today’s fashions as they did with those worn nearly 100 years ago. They are great fun to make as well as to wear.
Start by purchasing a headband that fits you comfortably. If you are going to cover it completely, it doesn’t matter what color the headband is; if you want the headband itself to show, then cover it with a small piece of whatever fabric you want, using a glue gun to seal the covering.
Now comes the fun part! Put on the headband and assemble the feathers, silk flowers, pearls and other costume jewelry you want to use, and begin arranging them onto the headband. Hold them in place as you check the positioning in a mirror.
When you’re satisfied with the arrangement, get the glue gun again and simply glue them into place and your fascinator is complete!