How to make your own fascinator for race day

Who would have thought? The perfect fashion accessory for Melbourne Cup day can be found in your backyard!

Maybe you've already blown your race-day budget on the perfect dress, or you're a lover of all things thrifty and handmade. Either way, we have a simple DIY solution using fresh flowers from the garden to create your very own hair crown set to bloom on the day.

What you'll need

  • Freshly-picked flowers and foliage
  • Pruning scissors
  • Garden wire
  • Hair comb
  • Decorative sheer millinery leaves or alternative decoration

Which flowers should I choose for my fascinator?

Because you might be making your fascinator a day or two before, you will need to select flowers that will stay looking fresh all day long. This includes many popular Australian native plants and flowers found in most gardens. 

Select some petite varieties as well as a few big ‘main event’ florals. For this floral headpiece, we used Billy buttons, Flannel flower, Heath myrtle, Kangaroo’s paw, as well as a fragrant hybrid of Rose and Dwarf geranium.

Other petite flowers you may like to use are Carnations, Azalea, Scabiosa and Everlasting daisies. Feel free to experiment with other varieties and what you already have in your garden, too.

What about the foliage base?

When putting together any flower arrangement, foliage will become your best friend. It's your starting base and what you'll be building the main part of the arrangement on. 

Foliage is perfect for adding drama, yet also the delicate touches to any floral fascinator. Succulents, Flowering sedum, Firs, Protea, Curry plant, Diosma, Dwarf grevillea, Camellia-leaved branches and Organic grasses are some of our favourite picks.

See more DIY and craft ideas on Jenna's blog or her YouTube channel.

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