I don't know what it is about hair bows/clips/barrettes, but I love to make them! As the mother of an only child boy, it doesn't really make sense. Maybe it's the fact that I'm able to make an adorable little project in just one sitting and use a variety of materials. Maybe it's the fact that I now have three nieces age two and under, so I know that there is someone who can wear them. Maybe it's the fact that they're something that I have no use for, so I have to give them away, and therefore they're not sitting around waiting to be used, like so many of the things I make. I really don't know, but I have no intention of stopping, particularly because I still have a lot of supplies leftover.
My focus, this time, was Halloween hair clips, but I did manage to sneak in some more autumnal-inspired hues, and even some pinks.
Supplies used for Halloween clips:
-Spider web stamp
-Hot glue gun
-Plastic flowers (black) from gem assortment
-Bobby pins & alligator clips
-Spooky confetti (from dollar store)
-Small, round, plastic embellishment gem
Basically, the supplies were anything that I thought would look cute on the head of a little girl.
The rundown on this DIY:
-I made the clay pieces myself using molds that I previously purchased from here, there, and everywhere. For the circles, I took a spider web stamp and a black ink pad and embossed the image into the clay prior to firing (baking).
-The striped ribbon was formed into a rosette using thread. Starting at one end, I used a gather stitch to create a circle shape and then stitched the ends together.
-To actually put all of the pieces together, I just started to layer and hot glue together.
-Once complete, I hot glued the finished embellishments to either an alligator clip or a bobby pin. I've found that it is easier to glue to a metal alligator clip if you cover it first, so I used black felt for these.
While I was making the Halloween clips, I was also inspired by additional materials that somehow managed to surface in the process. These are similar in how they were made, but I simply used a different color scheme.
-Gold permanent marker
-Hot glue gun
-Bobby pin & alligator clip
-I used the same process to make the non-Halloween clips as I did for the large googley eye H-ween clip. The only differences were that I used fabric instead of ribbon and layered it with lace. For the centers, I inserted a clay center in the gold knit rosette and used a red rose button on the brown jersey clip.
I have to say, as many times as I've made rosettes, whether they are made from paper or fabric, accordion folded or gathered stitched, I still find them to be a challenge. It's difficult to spread them out evenly so that they form a nice little circle without having too many of the gathers in one section. Anyone have any good suggestions?
-I used a gold permanent marker on the clay piece above to drawn a "fancy" S and highlight some of the details.
Below is the action shot. My niece wasn't the most cooperative model, and prefered to play with the clips instead of sitting perfectly still with her head turned in just the right direction while I took multiple photos of each one in different light. Was I asking too much? Come on, you're two, have some patience woman! I kid.
For those of you with a keen eye. You might say, "Hey, it looks like there is a pink clip there that wasn't pictured in any of the photos above." And you would be correct. I also made a simple little magenta star with a gem center (in her left hand), but it mysteriously disappeared after this photo shoot. It's either in my couch next to some old Cheerios and six blue crayons, or it's still in the sticky hands of a certain little lady.
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