Here is the first of the hair clip DIYs. We’ll start off with something quick & easy.
DIY after the jump…
For this clip you will need:
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– 3 colors of felt (scraps will do)
– An alligator clip
– A tiny button
– Needle & Thread
– Scissors (tiny is better)
– 4.25″ of 3/8″ ribbon.
– Glue Gun (and glue stick, natch)
– A quarter, nickle & dime
– A disappearing ink marker (or a pencil)
1. Use your coins to create circles on your felt. The dime is for your top, smallest, flower. The nickle, the middle and the quarter the bottom, largest flower.
2. Cut out your circles. Cheat the smallest circle slightly smaller than your outline and your largest circle slightly larger than the outline. They don’t have to be perfect (as you can see)
3. On each circle, snip 6 little cuts toward the center. It’s easiest to do 2 opposite each other, then 2 on each side.
4. Using your scissors, round the corners of each petal.
5. Stack up your flowers and sew on your tiny button. If you don’t have (or don’t like, or are afraid of tiny buttons with a baby) you can simply embroider a few stitches in the center.
6. On the back of the ribbon, add a line of hot glue the length of the clip’s body and quickly place it inside the clip, gluing the ribbon to the inside top of the clip.
7. Add more glue and fold ribbon over to glue to top of clip.
8. Turn clip over, add more glue and glue to “pinchers” of clip and back.
Note: I opt not to add ribbon to the bottom because leaving it metal makes it easier to put in baby hair. If you would like a more finished look, feel free to ribbon-ize the entire clip.
9. Add a line of glue across back of flower (make sure your button is straight) and attach to clip. If you would like to reinforce, you could also stitch the bottom flower to the sides of the ribbon.
And you’re done! but there is one more optional step.
10. I glue a small piece of the hook-side(scratchy) of Velcro into the inside to “grip” hair. It may be why my 2yr old has split ends. My sister-in-law suggests a small piece of velour ribbon. Or it might stay in just fine without.
Disclaimer: I would only use these clips under parental supervision or for children 3+. There is glue and small parts. I have never had a problem but please use your best judgment.
I think these would make a super-cute Christmas gift on a custom card for a bunch of little girl-friends.
you are bringing one for scarlet, right?
Aww, CUTE! Thanks so much for the great project, I'll be linking.
very cute, I'm making these right now.
I do the ribbon on the inside and then I hold the clip open and put a small, thin, almost glaze-like layer of hot glue inside. like, a tiny dot that I spread around with the metal tip. This gives enough grippies to make it stay in fine hair. Which is my variation on another tip I've read, which is to put dots of fabric pant on the insides of the clip and them them dry, for the same reason. Like how the grips on the bottom of socks or footie jammies work!
Great tip! Thanks lorchick!
I also wanted to add that if you have an aversion to the hot glue on the clip or if you want to make it look absolutely perfect use Terrifically Tacky Tape. I know they sell it at Michaels.
Oh and you can also use the liners for drawers to make the clip stay in place. You know the rubber kind that is non-slip. Just cut it to size and glue to the inside if you don't have velcro. I'm glad to finally know how to make the flowers in varying sizes. Thanks!
I use felt on the inside of my clips and that keeps it from coming out and from pulling my daughters hair out! So cute!!!
Thanks so much for this great tutorial! You tip for the six slits is ingenious and I just made my first little felt flower. Thank you!
The grippy shelf liner works well inside the clips too. The kind that looks like mesh/checker board?
Great tutorial, can't wait to make one. What size clip do you suggest?
Thanks for the idea of using a coin for the sizing!
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These are too cute!! To get them to hold better, just run your ribbon around the whole clip, not just the one side.
Great tutorial! I use a tiny bit of the felt on the inside of the clips that seen to split…no need for split ends!
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