I made the headdress in this photo in just a few hours! I can honestly say that I made it out of things I had lying around the house, but that would be misleading because I bought these materials to make this headdress over a year ago. However, these are easy items to come by, and even if you're new to burlesque crafting, this is something you can do. Remember to let the glue in one layer of the project dry before you do the next layer. Take your time -- you don't have to make it as fast as I did -- and study the placement of items carefully.
Here I am freezing my ass off at the shoot. I was shivering so hard I bit my tongue, so I imagine I'll look a bit grim in the photos, but I was actually having a fabulous time despite the cold.
I had moved in the past year and couldn’t find all the appliqués and rhinestones I had bought specifically for this headdress, but I found the feathers and the visor I got for the base, plus a couple of similar appliqués, some Duchesse satin I’d been planning to use for a full sweep skirt, and some rhinestones I’d bought on clearance. I also had some clear tacky glue, which I used since I didn’t have a hot glue gun or sewing machine. You may need to clamp feathers and other layers with clips, or weigh them down, to keep them in place.
Here's what the supplies looked like: