While I’m an excellent seamstress, I am by no means a “crafty” person. My mother has more craft/decorate/design talent in her left pinky than I will ever possess. Could I have siphoned off a bit of her creativity in utero? Read on and find out…
I do create these adorable hair clips in 5 minutes or less. Here I’ll walk you through how to do it. There are photos for every step and even a video tutorial! (scroll to end for video) I know…woah!
Step 1. Gather your materials. (photos)
- ribbon – non-satin varieties work best
- items for clips (your choice) – I buy silk flowers/crocheted appliqués/embellishments at Michael’s with a coupon
- single- or double-prong metal hair clips (depending on desired size, buy small or large)
- hot glue gun (be careful with little ones aroundl!)
- glue sticks
- long nose pliers with cutter(optional)
Step 2. Organize your Creation Station “assembly line style” for ease of production. (photo)
Set up your create-a-hair-clip assembly line, aka “Creation Station” so everything is within reach, but won’t get tangled up.
Fire up your hot glue gun. Be sure there are no little ones or pets nearby – these things can be lethal! Be sure to have your backup glue sticks nearby for easy reload. I know once I get wielding that weapon of crafting glory, I get so into my projects I just wanna hot glue everything in sight!
Pluck flowers from their stems. You may have to use pliers to clip off flowers from their stems. If so, be sure to leave at least 1/4-1/2-inch stem so the flower won’t fall apart, even after you’ve hot glued it to the hair clip. Remove packaging from any embellishments. Cut ribbon into 2- or 3-inch pieces. You’ll affix the flower/embellishment to the metal hair clip with these ribbon pieces.
Step 3. Start creating! (photo)
- Choose the flower or embellishment you wish to use to create a hair clip.
Pull out one piece of ribbon and one metal hair clip. Pinch open the clip, lay the ribbon across the lower portion, and let the clip close.
Using a hot glue gun, squeeze hot glue on top of the ribbon and clip, particularly along the edges of the ribbon. Place the flower/embellishment on top of the ribbon with the hair clip nestled in between.
squeeze hot glue on top of the ribbon and clip…
Turn the flower/embellishment face down. Use your fingers to press down hard so the ribbon affixes well to the flower/embellishment. Once the glue cools, you’re set.
Keeping the flower/embellishment side down, use glue to carefully fill in any missed spots, being sure to affix all parts of the ribbon and clip to the flower base/petals or your embellishment. You don’t want to have ribbon frays or loose ends sticking out anywhere.
Use your sharp scissors to trim away any excess ribbon that may stick out past your flower petals/embellishment. Voila! Hair clip it up!
Step 4. Flaunt your new hair clips and be the envy of your friends. :)
And here’s the short video I promised, showing each step. You have to promise you won’t laugh though, or I won’t be posting any more tutorial videos. ;)
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