Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Creative Craft: Easy Hair Clip

This is a super fast craft that takes no time at at all and always gets great results! It's also a really great way to use up some of your scrapbooking odds and ends. In fact, before I knew anything at all about paper crafting I would scour the scrapbook aisles looking for new and different brads and any other embellishments that would make cute hair accessories. Chances are if you are a paper crafter - you already have some fun ribbon and embellishments in your stash!



Here's what you'll need:


  • Single Prong Clips - I prefer 1 3/4 inch clips. You can sometimes find them at your local craft store, but The Ribbon Retreat is a great source.
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Grosgrain works the best - I have tried satins and I always end up completely frustrated and I am never happy with the results.
  • Scrapbook embellishment - brads, jewels, buttons - whatever you like!
  • Stick lighter
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

You can complete this craft in 5 easy steps! I promise that even if you have never made anything like this - you can finish a clip in less than 5 minutes...SERIOUSLY!

  1. To make your clip look more professional and to prevent the ribbon from fraying, you need to seal the edges. This is where your handy dandy stick lighter comes into play. You need to quickly run each end of ribbon through the flame to seal the edges. The polyester in the ribbon will melt as the flame hits it. This is the only thing that is a little bit tricky, but once you get the hang of it - it's a cinch!
  2. Apply approximately 1 inch of glue down the middle of the wrong side of the ribbon and then apply it to the underside of the top prong of the clip.
  3. Next apply a thin line of glue down the remaining ribbon and apply it to the top side of the prong, around the spring (make sure to really press the ribbon in the spring) and then the underside of the botton prong. 
  4. Apply your embellishment with a bit of hot glue.  (Tip: If you are using a brad, you need to either press the brad's prongs underneath or simply cut them off.)
  5. Sit back and admire your work!!!


My daughter has clips (and bows) to match almost every outfit that she owns.  These also make great gifts or even a cheap, but thoughtful party favor. 



2 comments:

crafty queen said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. My 8 year old GD is into something in her hair everyday. Now we can match the outfits with my scrap ribbon.

crafty queen said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. My 8 year old GD is into something in her hair everyday. Now we can match the outfits with my scrap ribbon.