Thursday, May 31, 2012

FINISHED PROJECT: Belly Dance Veil Headpiece

I made my very own veil headpiece for a Bollywood dance we are doing for my dance troupe! I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, especially since I had absolutely no plan. Here are the details I had to include: one, it had to be wide enough for me to hold onto it at arm's length; two, it had to be long enough to tuck into a skirt; and three, it had to stay on my head the entire dance (which is long and very active). Oh, and I wanted it to be cute.

Here is what I used:
  • 3 yards of pretty, flowy fabric. (It was on sale at Joann's -- just $4.50!)
  • Strands of ribbon - white, red, and gold sparkly
  • A fake flower
  • Hot Glue
  • Plain headband
  • Felt

The steps I took, which, uuhhh, may or may not have been the best:
  • Found the middle of the fabric and hot glued my dang headband at the very edge
  • After that, I tried it on and the headband slipped right off, thanks to the weight of all the extra fabric
  • I cut the bottom of the fabric - it was at least a foot high - to make my veil shorter and lighter
  • Then I glued on the ribbon pieces to cover the hot glue showing through the fabric
  • Lastly, I hot glued the flower onto the edge - this was a little hard, since the flower was so huge, but I just ended up gluing it little by little for at least three or four layers of petals to make sure it was on there securely
  • My headband was still pretty slippery, so I cut a piece of black felt to fit the inside of the headband and glued it in there, too. That helped 100%. 
  • That's it!

I wore it last night at practice and it worked perfectly! It didn't even slip once. However..

Here are some things I would do differently or add:
  • Add a ribbon on the top edges of the fabric. That way, I would be able to see where I am supposed to grab hold of it during the dance more easily.
  • Glue more on the top! Flowers on the other side, coins or pearls on the top, chains hanging from the sides.. just more embellishments. 
  • Cut the bottom of the fabric BEFORE I glued the headband in. I'd get a straighter edge that way... 
  • Glitter spray!

We have a performance this Saturday, and we are doing the dance this headpiece is used for. I will definitely try to get an outfit picture so you can see the prop in action, and not just makeup-less in my jammies. Wish me luck!


  1. Yay! I love it when creative ideas actually pan out into useful items. :)

    1. I know! And it was a success at the performance!


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