Thursday, February 16, 2012

Flower & Lace Hair Clips - Tutorial

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Let me start by saying this is a super easy & quick project!
(No glue needed, no sewing, just fast & easy.)

So no excuses not to try this :)

Begin by gathering your supplies:
* Lace 
* Flowers (You want the kind that comes apart, like most of them do)
*Brads (preferably with long legs)
*Alligator hair clips (The one with an opening in the center, as pictured)

The only tool you'll need are scissors...

Begin by taking your flower apart as pictured below.
Take off the plastic piece in the back, and separate your flower.
You might find some plastic pieces in between, you won't need these...

Next, cut a strip of lace, and poke your brad through the end as pictured below.
Then, start pleating or folding your strip, and push the brad to each pleat to keep it in place.
Work your way around.
If your strip is too long, you can trim it, if it's too short, just add another one.

Slip the smallest of your flowers on the brad behind the lace center you just created.
Then, cut a piece of lace about the same size of that flower.
Fold it as pictured (double it twice).
Trim the corners.
Open it, you created 4 petals.
And repeat once.

Now, slip these 2 pieces of lace onto the brad, as pictured below.
Then, add the next flower (one that's bigger than the previous one).

Keep repeating by layering lace and flowers till you have the desired result.

You can trim the lace if you want to.

Then, take your alligator clip.
Open it, and slip your brad through the top prong as pictured below.
Fasten your brad by bending the legs.

And you're done!

Now, if you are worried that the flower could come off,
or if you think this is just TOO simple, 
you could use your glue gun...
(But I have used them just like this and it usually works just fine.)

But for gift giving or for little girls to wear them, I prefer to have them a little more secure.

In that case, you can secure the brad by putting a little glue on top of the legs of the brad.

Or you can go all out and glue some felt on top of the brad and then glue the alligator clip on top of that.

Now, enjoy your beautiful hair clips.

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Mixed Kreations said...

I dont wear hair clips but these are really pretty. They have a vintage look. And they do look pretty easy to make. Thank you for sharing.

Carmen Ferreira said...

Realmente adorável esta flor. adorei! linda, linda...

Klaudia said...

Wonderful Idea!


Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

This is such a good idea. They look great. Thanks for the tutorial. I am new to blog world so if you get a chance I would love for you to stop by my blog and say hi. Have a great day. Cindy