After looking at a number of sites with pictures of 'fascinator' hats and going through the materials I purchased last weekend along with the ones I already had on hand, I jumped in to make my 'royal wedding' hat. No, I'm not holding my breath for an invitation. This hat is to wear to my friend Duane's Royal Wedding Viewing Party and Tea on the day of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Deciding on the colors I wanted to use was the hardest part.
I like autumnal colors but this is a Spring wedding so I lightened up by going with tan felt to cover the body of the fascinator and adding some lighter cream-colored feathers and creamy beads with a touch of peach. I also added a bit of green. Among the items I had on hand after searching through odd bits of jewelry, I discovered an enamel green on gold 'crown' earring missing it's partner which I thought would like nice. Here it is for a closer view.
I did end up gluing 2 combs to the back of my hat due to my hair being very fine. After trying the hat on with just one comb, I realized I needed 2 in order to make sure that it was secure so, thanks to my good old glue gun, I have 2 combs on the back and it stays in place much better now. There were 2 sites in particular that I found very helpful with instructions on making a fascinator. This site covers the basics and this site has a video demonstrating how to make one with items you may have on hand.
Here's another photo of the hat against a green background. The feathers show up a little better here. I didn't want to wear a big hat so my finished fascinator measures approx. 8 inches wide (that includes going to the tip of the large cream feather) by approx. 6.25 inches high (once again, that includes measuring to the top of the highest feather).