This post has been a long time coming! The crafty bug bites me every few months or so, and it recently bit again so I was able to snap a few shots of the step-by-step for these baby girl hairclips. I’ve always toyed with the idea of an etsy shop, but my craftiness comes in spurts and dies pretty quickly, so I usually just end up making things for Lil Miss Wagon and others as gifts.
Here are a few shots of the hairclip holder I threw together along with a bunch of clips I’ve made for Lil Miss Wagon. In the full length shot, I made all the clips above the last pale pink flower. I added no-slip liners to all of them, including the store bought ones!
- Metal hair clips, single or double prong (I prefer to use these double prong clips)
- Ribbon (grosgrain works best)
- Glue gun
- Craft foam sheets
1) Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to completely cover the surface of the clip all around. Start off by hot gluing the end of the ribbon in the hinge part of the clip. 2) Working quickly, hot glue the ribbon along the surfaces of the clip. This is the trickiest part because the glue is hot and dries into a solid very quickly, so if you don’t get the ribbon down in time, it won’t stick. You can do this in small sections. The trickiest bit is the inside of the clip since you have to keep it open to cover the inside of it. Be careful not to burn your fingers!
3) Finish covering the outside of the clip, glue the end of the ribbon into the hinge to meet the first end that you’ve already glued, and trim whatever ribbon is left over. 4) This is what the fully covered clip looks like. It’s cute as is, but usually the hot glue will leave the surface of the ribbon looking lumpy. So I like to add an embellishment to the top, usually a bow made of the same ribbon.
5) To make a simple bow, take a piece of ribbon and make a circle, gluing the ends together. 6) Cut another small piece of ribbon and cross it over the center of the flattened circle and glue the ends together in the back. Then glue the entire bow onto the surface of the covered clip.
You can find all kinds of embellishments to glue to the top of clips. I’ve spent many an hour combing the shelves of craft stores. I love ribbon roses! I’ve tried tiny pom-poms and rhinestones, but classic bows and flowers tend to look best.
Have you made hair accessories for your little girl?