Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How To Make An Easy Mermaid Fascinator

by Megan S.


This Saturday, I'm going to a PirateFest and I needed something to wear.  While I'm not one to bust out with a full on costume (especially in boiling hot summer weather), I wanted a little something appropriate for the occasion.  Thus the mermaid fascinator was born.  It took only 20 minutes to make, required buying a few things from the craft store, and is rather pretty, if I do say so myself.

Here's what you'll need:


• A small bunch or sprig of fake greens - I bought both these and the flowers at Michaels.
• A sprig of faux exotic flowers - I chose orchids made out of plasticized fabric. It looks more realistic in person than the regular version
• Jute rope
• Plastic pearls in two different sizes
• Needle and thread - Make sure the thread matches the pearls unlike what's pictured above
• Scissors or wire cutters

Guys, I may have taken my project a little too seriously.  I wanted to use materials that made sense so I chose jute because it looked like rope from a ship, and nixed rhinestones because of their lack of availability in the ocean, and seashells because what self-respecting mermaid would wear the bones of their dead friends woven in their hair?  By the way, has it ever occurred to you how uncomfortable it would be to actually wear shells as a bra?  If you thought an underwire cut into your ribcage, a shell would actually slice you open, not to mention the fact that it wouldn't be very supportive.

Anyway.


Step one: Cut off the plant pieces you want to use.  You may need to use a wire cutter to get through the stems.


Step two: Using a two foot length of jute, tie the stems together and move the knot to the bottom. 


Step three: Position one side of the rope up the side of the stems and wind the other jute half around the three so it looks like this.


Step four: Thread one end of the jute through a barrette, slide it up to the base, and then tie a knot so the barrette, jute, and stems stay in one place.


Pro tip: The felines of the house will always be willing to lend a hand paw if you need help keeping everything in place.


Step five:  Pierce the jute with a needle and thread start sewing the pearls to the ends.


Step six: Make sure to hide the thread inside of the rope so only the pears and jute would be visible.


Step seven: Cluster the pearls haphazardly to resemble bubbles.  Do this along two to three inches of the jute, tie a knot below the last pearl and cut off the remaining rope.  Repeat this whole process along the other half of the jute.


Aaaand that's all folks!  You've now made your very own oh so cute and oh so easy mermaid fascinator.
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