DIY: Polka Dot Veil


Making your own veil is so easy to do and it’s a beautiful way to add something personal to your wedding ceremony. And if you are not exactly graceful with a needle and thread, this is one of the most forgiving projects you will find because messy stitches are hidden among the tulle and ruffles – plus we’ve incorporated sweet polka dots! Big thanks to our DIY contributor Christy of One Handspun Day for this sweet DIY.

DIY Veil - Materials Labeled

Materials Needed:
• Tulle
• Thread & Needle
• Scissors
• Acrylic Paint
• Pencil (eraser end)
• Wax Paper


Step One: Stamp Dots onto Tulle
Cover your workstation with wax paper and tape the corners to secure. Spread your tulle over the wax paper and secure as well. Use the acrylic paint and eraser end of your pencil to stamp dots onto the tulle. I spaced my dots approximately 1 inch apart and staggered the rows half an inch (you can place a ruler below the area you are stamping if the thought of eyeballing it makes you queasy). After you stamp each dot, allow the tulle to lift up from the wax paper so the paint does not sit between the spaces of the tulle and dry into solid dots. You just want the paint to dry on the tulle itself so you can still see through fabric when you hold it up.


Step Two: Cut Tulle
Once you have finished covering the tulle in dots allow it to dry for at least 30 minutes. Then cut down to size (mine was approximately 12″ long and 24″ wide). I wanted to give mine a little bit more personality, so I added a scalloped edge to one of the long sides.


Step Three: Sew Veil onto Comb
Sew one of the long sides of the tulle using a running stitch (approximately ¼” space between stitches). Pull one end of the thread and push the tulle with your other hand to gather the fabric into a slight ruffle. Secure the end of the thread to keep the ruffle in place. Sew the ruffle onto your hair comb, creating pleats as needed, so the entire ruffle ends up fitting onto the comb by the time you reach the end. Tie off your thread and make sure it is secure.

Once your veil is finished you can add embellishments such as feathers, flowers, brooches or jewels to the comb so that it coordinates with the style of your dress!



DIY created by Christy of One Handspun Day exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Check out more of her designs at One Handspun Day! Finished veil photos thanks to S’Wonderful Photography.

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  1. Great idea and beautiful photos!!!

  2. This is such a beautiful DIY! Can’t wait to try it…LOVE the polka dots!

  3. Simple, classic and tasteful. I love this!

  4. Love, love, LOVE this! Definitely going to have to do this for my friend who is getting married in March! She wants an inexpensive but beautiful wedding and I think this would fit right in! ;)

  5. OMG! I love this tutotial!! thought about making a hair piece for quite some time now and this is a perfect starting point!!! Thanx. ~ Saluti.

  6. Beautiful!! This is exactly what I want for my wedding.

  7. Where is the brides dress from? Please help!

  8. Fabulous tutorial! We’re huge advocates of DIY wedding elements – such a great option for budget weddings

  9. @Alicia – the dress is actually just two separate pieces from Forever 21. I don’t see them online anymore, but if I come across them I will be sure to post the links here for you!

  10. Absolutely adorable!! The polka dots add a fun twist to this classic and simple veil!


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