Crafts/DIY, Holidays

Halloween Fascinators

October 12, 2015

One of my favorite things about October is the variety of Halloween-themed clothing accessories that you can wear anytime without looking too costume-y. My favorite motif to accessorize in is the spider (even though I cringe at the site of a real one), and this year I was inspired to make hair accessories—specifically fascinators— for the girls. My girls and I make one every year for New Year’s Eve, so I thought why not one with spiders!

With any holiday project, I always rummage through my current supply of decorations in order to keep costs down. Next, I go to my local Dollar Tree. I go there for just about every holiday and can walk out with two hands holding bags of supplies for around $30-$40. For this project, I knew I needed at least 2 things: a headband in either black or purple since those were my theme colors and a spider, since that’s my theme. Beyond that, I looked for anything else that was small enough to fit on the headband, but large enough to look like a fascinator. (side note; If you don’t know what a fascinator is, you usually see them worn in the UK for special occasions. They are small hats with lots of character either worn with a headband, elastic band, or attached with pins. If you Google Kate Middleton Fascinator, you’ll see some ideas).

Once you have your supplies, all you then need to do is get your glue gun and start having fun! Below are the details of what I use for my creations:


Supplies (from Dollar Tree):

  • Headband
  • Witch Hat Hair Clips
  • Decorative Spiders
  • Black sparkle wire-edge ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Black rose bouquets


Spider Fascinator:

  1. Start by gluing the witch hat to serve as a base for your fascinator. I removed the clip from the back so it would attach easily. The hat also might just be enough decoration for your child;IMG_6828
  2. Next I added the spider. I put the fascinator on my daughter’s head so I could figure out the best placement for the spider— which was facing forward on a downward angle. I then glued it in place on the witch hat;IMG_6840
  3. I then took the wire-edge ribbon, folded it into a multi-loop bow, and glued that to the back of the fascinator. That took a little bit of fussing and fiddling to make all the loops stay, but I think it worked out well.IMG_6848


Rose Headband:

  1. Remove the roses from each stem along with any other details like branches and spiders;
  2. Remove the plastic base of each rose and then snip the little bit of stem so the rose has a flat bottom;IMG_6851
  3. Glue each rose to the top of your headband. You might need to glue a few layers of the rose since it doesn’t have the supportive stem anymore;
  4. Add any other elements to the headband like the branches and spiders.IMG_6852
  5. That’s it!


Note: If I didn’t have the ribbon, I would have used black feathers or branches, but that’s what was available at the dollar store.

What’s your favorite Halloween accessory?

AUTHOR BIO: Hilary Morris balances her role as mom of 3 girls with her own social media consulting business. Her love of fashion, as well as her daughters’ natural ability for coordinating unlikely colors & patterns, inspired the launch of her kids fashion blog AFancyGirlMust. She also is a Child Star Style contributor to HollywoodMomBlog. Hilary can often be found on Instagram giving a peek into her world of favorite local spots, recent craft projects, new recipes, fashion finds, and three little loves.

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