Use satin or grosgrain ribbon to make braided ribbon barrettes. The ribbon should measure no more than one-eighth of an inch in width and should be about a yard long. The ribbon must be reversible so that when you braid it, the color remains consistent. Consider patterned ribbon for an interesting look. If you use a polka dot ribbon, select the second ribbon color to match the polka dots.
Select barrettes that are made with a double bar top, because the double bar helps to create the braid. Barrettes should be no smaller than two inches. Bigger double bar barrettes can be used to make braided barrettes for longer and thicker hair.