Once you decide whether you want to make a headband, a bow, a barrette, or a cluster of flowers, everything else becomes very easy! All these headbands can be made more or less the same way.
Pick sheer bridal fabric is the ideal choice for the right veil. The bridal tulle is not only broader, but also wider than other fabrics, which means the veil can be a lot fuller. Another other option is to fabric that is already trimmed in lace. Alternatively, you can do it yourself while keeping the ends unfinished. This helps you create a simple veil that has a rolled hem. Besides, most store bought veils come finished.
Now that you have the desired width to make a First Communion veil, the next thing is to determine the length. Ask your daughter how long she would like it to be. Some girls like veils that go over their shoulder near the elbows. You can cut the edges in curves after you cut the tulle to your desired length.
What You Will Need:
Thin floral wire
Needle nose wire cutters
Pearl edged tulle ribbon
Glue gun or fabric glue
A handful of silk flowers in various sizes and shapes
Silk/satin spools 1/4 inch ribbon in white and accent colors
Small and large flowers
4-5 inch wide white tulle ribbon for back of headpiece
Needle and thread
· Put the floral wire around your child’s head in a circle. Make a circlet by crimping and knotting the ends. Add the largest flowers and cut off their stems using the wire cutters. Leave 0.5-1 inch of each stem to tape the flowers to the wire.
· Use floral tape to attach the largest flowers evenly around the circle. As you wrap the floral tape around the flower and wire, stretch it and wrap it to make it sticky and workable. Continue the process till you finish with the smaller textural flowers around the circle and in the open areas using tape.
· Create tiny gathers using a floral wire or clear monofilament thread such as a fishing line. Use a hand needle (zigzag stitch) or machine stitch to gather the veil and fasten the gathers. You can decide how full or loose you want to make the gathers.
· Attach the gathered veil to the headband. You can either buy one or cut one out. You can sew the veil at the gathers directly onto the headpiece if you leave the round headpiece intact. If you want a veil that is loose on top of the head, stretch it around the ring if that is the look you want.
· Cover all the floral tape with the pearl edged tulle ribbon by twining it around and wrapping the whole wreath tightly. Use a little glue from the glue gun or fabric glue at the beginning and end of the tulle ribbon, so that it stays put. Cut the extra length off and save it for draping down the back.
· For the finishing touches, cut 32-36 inches of the 4-inch wide tulle and tie it to the back, so that it drapes down evenly. Tie the 1/4 inch ribbons evenly over the tulle.
· For tighter gathers, use transparent combs that can be found in the bridal sections of most craft stores. Hand sew the gathered veil onto these excellent additions. Treat it like it is a part of the headpiece by adding beads, crystals, ribbons or flowers. You can also use bobby pins, so that the headpiece stay put.
· Add the pearl edged tulle ribbon in a bow and drape the rest if you wish. Since the pearls make the bow heavy, add a couple of stitches with a needle and thread to the bow, so that it stays put and does not become loose.
This veil is easy to make and is very versatile in its look.
How To Make First Communion Banners
Check with your parish whether they have specific rules about sizes, materials, and even what can be seen on the banner before you start making one. Most parishes need a child’s first name to appear on the banner. They also like the date to be included somewhere on the banner.
Some of the most common elements that First Communion banners include, but are not limited to: a child’s name, the date, a chalice, grapes, bread, wheat, a Communion Host, and a cross.
What You Will Need:
￼1 piece of felt for the background
1 piece of felt for the cross
Assorted colors of felt
A bottle of glue
A pair of plain/fabric scissors
Glitter glue/fabric paint/craft jewels (optional)
· Once you know what rules you need to adhere to, start shopping for very stiff or self-adhesive felt letters, puffy paint or foam letters/shapes to decorate the banner. You can even buy iron-on or pre-cut felt letters at your craft store.
· Stiff felt makes tracing and cutting symbol pieces much easier for both parents and their children. Felt with glitter looks even better!
· You can also use fabric paint to write on the name and date, which would be a lot easier than cutting the letters out.
· Once you have all of your elements cut and ready, try out different layouts to see which one your child prefers the most.
· You can either to use good strong glue or sew your decorations to your banner if you do not buy self-adhesive felt or unpeeling adhesive. Use glitter glue and fabric paint or even fake jewels to decorate the banner.
· While you do not need to include all of the elements to prevent it from becoming too overwhelming, you may want to include something not on the list.
· Make sure everything seems like it will stay on. Use puffy paint to jazz up the banner a bit and give it a little sparkle. Even if it means uneven puffy paint lines, let your children do it, as it will always feel very special to them.
· When your child finishes decorating the front of their banner, let it all dry before putting the dowel through the back, so that it can hang up. While some churches hang them off the sides of the pews, others hang them all up on strings.
· Write your child’s name on the back of the banner. Marking it clearly ensures that the banner can be easily retuned after the First Communion Mass.
Make the project a family activity and leave all the decisions, including different parts of the decorating and cutting to the person whose banner it is. Include and involve the child making their First Communion always.
How To Make First Communion Invitations
All you need is a paper trimmer and a punch set that enables you to produce a continuous die-cut strip of double loops around every edge of a page. You will also need a few beautiful cross stickers.
First, print off your invitation on the white card stock. Cut the white printed card to the size of 8 inches by 3 inches.
Second, cut the outer paper to 9 inches by 4 inches, as this size will fit easily into a standard business size envelope.
Third, trim the outer and printed white paper corners using the punch set.
Fourth, cut a small 2 3/4 inch by 1 3/4 inch outer paper and again clipped the corners with the punch set.
Finally, assemble each card using the glue stick and add the cross as a final touch.