How to Make Hair Barrettes With Ribbon


Create dramatic or simple hair barrettes, choosing from a wide selection of ribbon, easily found at any store selling fabric and crafts. Barrettes have been worn by little girls for centuries and can be simple or frilly. Women of all ages wear barrettes to pull their hair back casually or in an elegant up-do.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Barrette clip
  • Hinged clip
  • Tying wire, 26 gauge
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

How to Make Hair Barrettes With Ribbon

Select the size of the barrette for the hair style. Your choice of ribbon will determine the style of the finished barrette.

Make a four loop bow by cutting the ribbon four times a single loop, plus two times the tail length. For a two loop bow, cut the ribbon length two times the single length, plus two times the tail length. Make three accordion folds, evenly divided, so both top and bottom edges of bow are even. Pinch the center and wrap a length of four inches of tying wire and twist five times.Snip off and bend under the ribbon. Secure on the barrette with hot glue.

Select another style for young girls by braiding narrow ribbon directly on a divided type barrette. Begin by gluing two or three colors to braid three strands until the barrette is completely covered. Secure with knots and allow even lengths of ribbon to stream on the finished barrette.

Use a hinged type clip barrette for another style, by gluing on 1/2 inch wide grosgrain, jacquard, vintage or novelty ribbon. Begin at the very tip of the top part of the clip, glue the ribbon to cover the hinged area, then go around underneath just enough to give it a finished look. Add a novelty cut-out or button to complete the barrette.

Design an elegant hair accessory for the wedding, dance recital, or any occasion, for the child or adult. A bow made of silk, velvet, lace or tulle, embellished with sequins, pearls, Swarovski crystals will have a dramatic effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Conceal all end joints and avoid sharp edges.
  • Do not allow bulkiness to prevent the barrette or clip from closing.

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