My incredibly simple, $14, no-sew DIY veil

Updated Oct 12 2015
Guest post by Sheila Rose
Photos by Aly Carroll
Photos by Aly Carroll

I never wanted to wear a veil, I am not big on the symbolism or the look of most veils, and it isn't something I even considered until trying a few on at the wedding shop and feeling like "such a beautiful bride" or something. But we didn't have an extra $200 for a veil, I wasn't crazy about any in the shop, I was already planning on wearing a flower crown, so I just let the idea go. Until I stumbled across a photo of a bride wearing this kind of epic veil.

Despite my sewing machine still being unopened in the box (for three years) I was all like "I can do this!" So my mom and I headed to a craft store in search of a gigantic piece of fabric to make this happen…

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And this is what we left with. I think it was 50% off so the total was maybe $14. I emailed my seamstress friend asking if she would be able to help me with it, just trimming the sides a bit to make it "fit" better but the wedding was only a few weeks away at this point, and I sort of forgot about it. Then when I did remember again, I really didn't have time for another thing, so the fabric just stayed in the bag for about a month, untouched.

A few days before the wedding I pulled it out, threw it over my head again and decided to bring it for pictures (which is all I ever really wanted to use it for anyway) and just see how it worked out…

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Photos by Aly Carroll

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It ended up looking exactly how I wanted. And I can hardly even consider it a real project because I put zero effort in to it, aside from coming up with the idea in the first place and picking out the fabric.

  1. Zero effort AND it looks fabulous? That's my kind of DYI! If I wasn't set on using my mom's veil as my something old, I would totally steal this idea.

  2. Wowza!! Nicely done 🙂 I keep waffling on the idea of a veil, but this looks doable. May I ask how you kept it secured? Did you wear it all day? Just curious about the "logistics" of so much fabric. Thanks!

    • Sorry for taking so long to reply! It wasn't secured with anything, I only wore it for photos and if I had tried to walk around in it I definitely would of tripped over it immediately!

  3. I just got 3 yards of mesh fabric from Joann's, some hair combs, and an assortment of crystal beads & pearls. I laid out the fabric, guessed at the length I wanted, rounded the corners of the bottom, scrunched it up and sewed it onto the comb by hand with clear thread.

    Full body view: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90557807@N06/9028981755/in/set-72157634169895990
    You can get a glimpse at the pearls/beads on the comb here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90557807@N06/9028783371/in/set-72157634164797523

  4. Oooh, I love this! So easy and such a good result. Kinda makes me wish I had a reason to wear a veil again, but I don't think it's quite the right look for taking the toddler to the park…

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