How to Make Flower Hair Clips

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You can make a variety of floral hair clips from discount store imitation flowers and a few alligator clips. Cover the clip with a colorful piece of ribbon and decorate the flowers with gemstone centers. You can make the floral clips as a special hair accessory for a child or use one or two clips in your own hair for a bright and youthful fashion statement. The clips are easy to make and are great fashion accessories for a luau-themed party or a day at the beach.

Things You'll Need

  • Imitation flowers (two or three per hair clip)
  • Craft brad
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Alligator clip
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
  • Take two or three imitation flowers apart. Remove the stem and pull the center plastic stamen from the flower so that all that remains is the petals.

  • Layer the petals on top of one another to make a thick flower.

  • Slide a brad through the center hole in the flowers. A brad is a decorative clip that spreads open on the underside of the flowers to hold the layers of petals together. Choose a brad with an imitation gemstone or other decorative embellishment.

  • Apply a layer of glue from the hot glue gun to the underside of the top of the alligator clip. Press the end of a 1/4-inch-wide ribbon along the glue.

  • Spread a layer of glue on the top of the alligator clip and smooth the ribbon along the top. Let the ribbon extend about 1 inch beyond the end of the clip and cut off the excess.

  • Apply some glue to the underside of the ribbon and smooth it against the clip. Apply a few drops of a fray preventing treatment to the end of the ribbon.

  • Spread some glue on the back of the flower and press it against the top center of the ribbon-covered alligator clip. Press firmly for about 30 seconds and allow the glue to dry for at least 20 minutes.

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References

  • "Making Hair Jewels & Accessories"; Gabrielle Byrne; 2008
  • Photo Credit Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images
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