“I won’t settle for anything less than butterflies”.
The television comedy-drama series, Sex and the City, stole our hearts with its realistic portrait of the plight of the everyday single city gal. It is only natural that this television classic is a perfect fit for a bachelorette party! With the summer and fall wedding season upon us, you may find yourself attending many Bachelorette parties! My good friend requested we go on a sex and the city tour and have a proper night on the town! It was really fun experience and in order to bring a bit of the movie to our party, I decided to create a few necklaces for the girls and I tried to recreate the “Carrie Bird Veil” from the Sex and the city movie!
For the Vale:
- Simple thin metal headband (I’m sure you could use a strong hair clip as well but a headband is best to hold the weight of the “bird”.
- A small craft bird. I found mine at an independent craft store but places like Michael’s definitely have them as well.
- Large duck feathers in the color you choose. I was lucky enough to work in Midtown Manhattan which has tons of fabric and trimming places. But any art store would have them as well.
- If you Cannot find the feathers or Bird, Check Etsy, so many people make items like this for craft use.
- 1/2 a yard of fine tulle.
- Heavy Duty craft Glue. A hot glue gun works as well.
- First cut the tulle to the length that you want.
- I did not want the piece to get in our bride’s way while drinking and dancing so I took a tape measure and made the veil fall to about the middle of your upper arm/elbow.
- For this step it is really up to you as to how long you want the vail to be.
The video below really helps in cutting the veil so it will lay correctly.
After cutting the veil Now we need to work on the bird.
- The bird I purchased was on the smaller side and the tail feathers were not full.
- As you can see in Carrie’s pic, the bird was MASSIVE in the movie.
- I tried to make this a bit more wearable.
- I glued 2-3 more large feathers to the tail to make the bird look more full. I let the bird dry.
Back to the Tulle fabric
- I took the tulle and began bunching it up and wrapping it around the headband in order to hide the headband.
- Glueing each time. Make sure you pay attention to the overall fall of the veil its supposed to be shorter in the front and rounded in the back.
- I used any extra fabric to help give the veil lift, and help hide the headband.
- I set the headband aside to let it dry.
Back to the Bird
- Once Dry I admit I tried on the veil just to make sure it fell correctly.
- I took the dried bird and did a few test runs as to where it would look the best.
- I found that due to the length of the feathers, just an inch below the temple worked the best.
- This may differ depending on how your bird is shaped.
- TIP: DO NOT GLUE UNTIL YOU ARE SURE OF THE BIRD”S PLACEMENT
- once the bird is on, it is hard to remove.
- Once I was sure I put a large amount of glue on the bird. We do not want this guy falling off at the end of the night. The more the better!
- I have a head from to help in the drying process. If you do not have one, placing the finished Veil on a hook to suspend is best. Let it dry over night!
- If you find that the bird you have is too heavy find some fabric to support the bird under the headband close to the head.
- do not try on the head band until it is dry…. I learned that the hard way.
- I used a foam based bird so if you find it is not sticking well, you can take an exacto blade and cut the bottom to make a flatter surface to work with.
- FInally, it is alway best to avoid the curve part of the head band to glue anything to. The flatter the better.
- This will insure that the bird will not bend too much when removed. We all know how many times we fix our hair in a night.
Hope this was helpful and feel free to post any questions below! Check back soon for how I made my necklaces for all the ladies to wear! It was such a fun way to show we were all in a Bachelorette Party/hen night without wearing t-shirts or crazy hats…. We are supposed to be ladies of NYC after all!