Sunday, February 13, 2011

DIY Sunday: How to make flower hair clips

I'm a notorious creative-copycat. I see something I like, I try to replicate it. Thus, the flower hair clip was put into my repertoire.

I always saw beautiful ones on Etsy.com, and I thought, "I want to make that!" So I figured it out. Now, flower hair clips have become a trademark of sorts for me. Not only do they bring a fun n' funky vibe to my group fitness classes (esp. Zumba!), they are a reminder that this Illinois-winter-from-hell will EVENTUALLY end! :) Aside from group fitness, they are also fun to wear to parties and weddings!

Here's the play-by-play:

Step 1:

Get supplies. You will need...
--silk flowers
(look for types of flowers that have flatter bottoms and smaller flowers as these will be better for gluing and bunching. Unfortunately, the quality matters. More expensive flowers will hold up longer, but cheaper flowers do the trick anyway)

--LOTS of hot glue

--Alligator hair clips
(you can find these at a craft store or beauty supply store. I found some really good flat-top barrettes that work really well with this at Hobby Lobby)

--A sheet of foam
(I use the glitter kind because tends to fall into the flowers!)


Step 2:

Remove flower from the stem and then remove the plastic backing from the flower. It pulls right off.


Step 3:

Snip the excess flower stem all the way to the flower.



Step 4:

Cut a small piece of foam the size of the top of the hair clip. The foam will help the flower adhere better to the metal than if you just glued the flower straight to the metal.


Step 5:

Glue the foam piece to the hair clip.



Step 6:

Put hot glue at the base of the flower. This will ensure that the stem stays glued into the flower. Then, glue the flower onto the hair clip.


Step 7:

Lightly hot glue the in-between layers of the flower. This will ensure that the flower "holds together" without that stem and backing.


OPTION FOR SMALLER FLOWERS:
If you want to use small flowers to make a hair clip, simply leave the plastic backing and stem on the flower, and hot glue them in clumps of 2-3 onto the foam/hair clip. You want to make sure when you are hot gluing them that you hide the stems.


VOILA!!! A small flower branch for the hair!



Step 8:

Rock that flower and whip your hair! :)



That's it! You go forth and get in touch with your inner crafty-self and make some hair clips!

Q.O.D. (Question of the Day): Are you very crafty? A creative-copycat? What items do you like to DIY (leave a link to the item in the comments!!!)?

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