How to Assemble Hair Clips From Home

Homemade hair clips are an easy way to accent your hairstyle, or add length through homemade hair extensions. Once you create your first set, you will see that the options for creating homemade hair clips are nearly endless.

Things You'll Need

  • Base clips
  • Nail polish in preferred color
  • Clean, damp cloth
  • Super glue or nail glue
  • Assorted gemstones, feathers, ribbons, etc.
  • Tweezers
  • Needle and neutral color thread
  • 1 package weft hair extension
  • Manicure scissors


  1. Duckbill Clips

    • 1

      When selecting duckbill clips as your base, be sure to look for a plain metal clip without a color or coating. The clips offer a strong spring, a flat face, interior texture for hold, and a slight contour to fit close to the head.

    • 2

      Duckbill clips allow for a lot of surface space, which can be utilized in both simple and complex designs. If you're planning on a simple design, and would like to have a base color other than silver, applying a coat or two of your favorite nail color will do the trick. Attach the clips to a clean damp cloth to prevent the color from sealing the clip shut, apply nail polish, and let dry.

    • 3

      Adjust the clips on the cloth slightly, so that the nail color doesn't stick them in place. Arrange your gemstones on the clip, testing patterns and color combinations. Once you have decided on your pattern, glue each piece individually, using tweezers to apply pressure as the item dries into place.

    • 4

      Alternately, stitch a decorative piece of fabric, a feather, or other large lightweight item to the clip using a needle and thread. Many duckbill clips have holes in the upper portion that are perfectly suited to this.

    Toupee Clips

    • 5

      Choose a toupee clip that is close to your hair color. Most toupee clips are available in four or more colors, ranging from black to blonde. If you have a funky hair color such as green, you can paint the clips with nail polish as explained above, or go with a black base for a hair clip that stands out.

    • 6

      Sew a feather or button to your clip, using the many holes provided around the perimeter of the clip. You can also attach gemstones with glue, however you have less surface space to work with, as you cannot glue any pieces to the teeth on the interior of the clip.

    • 7

      When making your own clip-in hair extensions, consider whether you are looking for an accent piece or all-over length, and choose your color accordingly.

    • 8

      Unravel the weft and hold the strip to the area of your head where you plan to wear the extension. Note the length of weft between your fingers, and trim the weft accordingly. Apply a dab of glue to each end of the section to prevent unraveling. Repeat as needed.

    • 9

      Using only the top holes of the toupee clip, sew each clip round-side-in to the inside of the weft. You can identify the inside of the weft by looking for the hair seam, which appears as a very tiny fringe on one side. Be sure to space clips evenly, approximately 1 in. apart.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you would like hair extension accent pieces, single clip-ins a variety of colors are available for purchase. You can use these as a base on which to sew feathers or other items for double hair drama. Each time you apply a polish or glue, it is best to shift the clip on the cloth to prevent gluing them together.
  • When using toupee clips as your base, consider that the pressure applied to open and close the clip may wear and crack the glue or polish over time.
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