How to Make an Ultra-Chic Fascinator Out of a Place Mat

Copy one of Kate Middleton’s most iconic looks by turning a dollar store place mat into a stunning hair accessory.

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Kate Middleton was the epitome of stylish glam when she wore a custom Gina Foster design to her cousin-in-law Zara Phillips' 2011 wedding. While the hat set the duchess back about $700, you can craft your own for less than $10 using a place mat and few basic craft supplies.

Photo by: Getty Images/Chris Jackson PT

Getty Images/Chris Jackson PT

What You'll Need

  • round white woven place mat
  • 2 duckbill hair clips
  • large faux yellow rose
  • cheesecloth
  • white craft felt
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

Make a Bow

Cut a piece of cheesecloth the length of the place mat. Lay the piece along the top third of the mat and fold the ends under, leaving about an inch of mat exposed on each side. Glue all edges of the cheesecloth to the place mat. Cut a thin strip of cheesecloth and lay vertically in the center of the glued cheesecloth. Attach with a dot of glue.

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cut another piece of cheesecloth about four times the length of the mat. Fold until the cloth is slightly shorter than the base piece, tucking under rough ends. Lay folded piece on top of the vertical strip, then use the strip to cinch-tie the middle, creating a fluffy bow. Double knot the strip, then cut off excess. Glue down.

Add a Flower

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia Photography

Cassidy Garcia Photography

Glue a large, faux yellow flower to the center of the bow.

Make Hair Clips

Cut a small square piece of felt and clip a duckbill hair clip to it. Add glue to the back of the felt and attach to the place mat just under the bow. Repeat, attaching the second felt/clip combo slightly farther down the place mat for extra security when wearing.

Make a Statement

DIY Place Mat Fascinator

DIY Place Mat Fascinator

Copy one of Kate Middleton’s most iconic looks by turning a dollar store place mat into a stunning hair accessory.

Photo by: Jennie Andrews

Jennie Andrews

Go all-out-royal with your new, ultra-chic hat, perfect for a fancy soiree or hats-required lawn party,

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