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Summer 2011’s trends have to be my favourite since the days of 80’s “party dresses” where the only rule that mattered was the more gaudy the better.  With bright trousers, gorgeous lace, flower power, braided hair and pink EVERYTHING I’m in Paradise Estate (FYI that’s where the My Little Ponies live.)

My magpie eyes have  landed on another divine trend; the cocktail ring, which is more zany in its 2011 reimagining than ever before. After diving into my craft drawer of miscellaneous sparkly bits I decided to create an ornamental ring.   Perhaps I’m just hungry and hallucinating, but I think it bears some resemblance to a cupcake.

Cut out a piece of thick card into a circle. Cover with material of your choice. I chose a sheeny silver. Fix with glue gun. Repeat process for lace over top.

I found this string of small pearls around the edge of a birthday cake. Spiral out until you reach the edge of circle, fixing with tiny spots of glue along the way.

Fix pretty button to centre of circle.

I used an adjustable ring base from http://www.the-beadshop.co.uk, just 30p

Frame circle with slightly larger individual pearly beads. Place an iridescent bead in the flower's centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m ready to drink my Bahama Mama from a teacup at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

When your boyfriend knows the name of a fashion trend it’s a sure sign it’s hit the big time. Fascinators, or “satellites” as my Gran (who can always be relied upon for a fantastic slip of the tongue) called them, are going to be more popular than ever this Summer. This is largely thanks to Princess Beatrice’s devil hornstoilet lid fascinator which sold for £81100.01 this week. I bet the person who lost out at the .01 mark cursed themselves.

But whether the fascinator is made by Philip Treacy or not, they’re still ridiculously expensive, ranging from £10 in Claire’s Accessories, to £80 at House Of Fraser.

I spent a whopping total of £3 on my DIY creation.

What you need: 

  • Plain hairband
  • 1 yard of ribbon
  • circle of netting, 6 – 8 cm in diameter (depending on how large you want the fan) This is best cut with a pinking scissors to give a pretty edge.
  • Small wired flowers
  • Any fabric cut out into 4 flower shapes (half the size of the circle of netting)
  • Large Button
  • Glue gun – the secret to all craft success!

I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to craft bits, having been known to pick things up off the pavement if they sparkle. My Aunt stole collected the wired flowers and netting from wedding table decorations with me in mind.  Now that’s the sort of wedding guest you want.

  1. Wrap the ribbon around the hairband, fixing it with the glue gun. Save left over ribbon to make a bow.
  2. Glue bow to one side of hairband.
  3. Tuck tip of wired flowers under headband behind the bow. Fix with glue. 3 flowers looks most aesthetically pleasing as uneven numbers work best in accessories.
  4. Make a cut in the circle of netting, stopping at the centre. Fan it out to create a half circle. You can fix the pleats with a few stitches. Fix fan with glue behind the bow and wired flowers.
  5. Use the flower shapes to cover up visible joins and glue. I placed 2 at the back and 2 at front.
  6. Glue button to front flower shape.
  7. Wear with a smile.

Try to keep to 1 or 2 colours, because you wear the fascinator, it doesn’t wear you (take note Beatrice.)