DIY wedding hair comb tutorial! Save money on your bridal accessories through some good old DIY! Below I show you step-by-step how I made my wedding hair comb for just $12!
DIY Wedding Hair Comb Tutorial
So I’m smack in the middle of planning my wedding, and as a part-time professional wedding consultant I decided to add some frugal wedding planning/DIY posts to the blog to benefit my fellow brides who might also be wedding planning on a budget!
I’ve been doing a lot of DIY for my wedding decor (as in, pretty much all of it!), including the florals. I love love LOVE fresh flowers. If I were rich, I would probably splurge on having fresh flowers in every room of my house every day. But barring a lottery win, I think that’s unlikely to ever happen. Why? Because fresh flowers are expensive AF.
When it comes to weddings, your budget for florals is generally about 5% of your total wedding budget. With the average wedding in North America costing a whopping $32,000 (yes, you read that right), that translates to $1600 in florals.
That’s pretty much equal to the cost of a wedding dress, 2 plane tickets for your honeymoon, or about 20 guests at your wedding. On flowers. CRAZY.
As much as I love flowers, my wedding has a modest budget, and there is no way in hell I’m forking out 5% of that precious budget for one day’s worth of pretty petals. Not this Pennywise Bride! 😉 #aintnowayigonnapaydat
Instead, I’ve been DIYing my wedding florals out of silk flowers, including my own bouquet, decorative fans for my bridesmaids (which will be coming in Part 2 of this DIY wedding florals tutorial series!), and a floral piece for my hair, which is the topic of today’s tutorial!
How to Make a DIY Wedding Hair Comb for $12
First: have you SEEN the cost of bridal accessories like sashes/belts and hairpieces? Actual insanity. There is no way I’m spending $175 for what’s essentially a hair clip. Some of them are totally gorgeous for sure, but that’s a crazy price, my friends! If that’s your jam and you want to splurge on it because it’s your wedding day, go right ahead, but I decided to DIY my own wedding hair comb for about $12 instead. Because being Pennywise, that’s more my jam 😉
It was actually quite easy. I bought a regular old hair comb, a couple stems of silk flowers combined with some scraps I had from previous wreaths, my bridesmaids’ fans and other craft projects, some cute little specialty paper flowers made out of book pages to accent our wedding’s literary theme, and some little beading supplies to crate a Golden Snitch that will be my subtle Harry Potter reference. I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and while we aren’t having a Harry Potter themed wedding, I couldn’t get married without a couple little HP nods! 😉
How to DIY a Wedding Hair Comb
What you’ll need:
-hair comb (I found mine at Michaels and used a 40% off coupon, but you can find them at most pharmacies and dollar stores, too)
-floral and greenery stems
-any other little touches like beads, charms, etc. that you might want
-hot glue gun and glue (might be unnecessary, depending on what you want to include on the hairpiece)
-craft wire cutters
What you do:
1) First, I played around with the greenery and florals and trimmed and moved pieces around until I had an idea of how I wanted them arranged on the comb. Then I took a photo of that so I could refer to it as I progressed with the actual assembly.
2) I laid out the pieces in the order I would be attaching them to the hair comb – the biggest/longest going on first, then building it up with the smaller pieces on top.
3) Hold the floral stem or piece of greenery in place with one hand. With the other, use a section of floral tape (stretch it out first!) to attach the stem to the comb. Wrap it around several times until it feels secure.
4) Repeat the process with the other stems/greenery, adding the bottom ones first and then working your way up in ‘layers’, like this:
5) With my first ‘draft’, I found the leaves on one side of my comb stuck out too far and were too cumbersome for the hair style I know I want, so I trimmed them off with the wire cutters and shifted some of the greenery closer together for a tighter look. The great thing about floral tape is that it sticks, but you can easily unstick it and unwind it if you want to change anything during the process!
6) After all my stems were where I wanted them (I was going for an asymmetric look), I hot glued the wings and golden bead that make up the Golden Snitch, and added one of the paper flowers beside it to underline the bookish theme of both the comb itself, and our wedding. 🙂
Ta-da! The whole process took about an hour, since I changed my mind here and there and adjusted a few things until I was happy with the result.
The cost breakdown:
Hair comb: $2.27 (after 40% off coupon)
Florals: $4.86 for 2 small stems, others were leftover clippings from previous crafts, wreaths, etc.
Paper florals: $3.75 for 8 of them after a 40% off coupon. But I only used 1, so .47 cents
Wings: $4.32 (after 40% off coupon)
Bead: found it in my craft supplies and coloured it gold with a sharpie!
Hot glue: trace cost
Floral tape: about 20 cents worth
Total cost: $12.12
Savings: Many hair pieces cost about $75 or more, so I likely saved at least $60 through this DIY!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the DIY Wedding Flowers Series, where I’ll walk you through the DIY of my $10 bridesmaid fans!
Have you done any DIY bridal accessories? I’d LOVE to see them!