I saw these adorable fabric flowers by Jolee’s Boutique at Michael’s today and I HAD to have them. They come in a pack of two for scrapbooking or other crafts, but I instantly pictured them as cute (and easy) hair clips and headbands for my daughters. So I had to buy 4 packs of them because there were too many fun colors to choose just one!
|So many color choices|
I’ve made many different clips, bows, and headbands for my girls, so I know how much time it can take to make something like this from scratch. These took about 5 minutes each TOPS, and each set of two cost less than $3 each (on sale, or with a coupon). So under $1.50 per bow and only 5 minutes to make?!? AND no sewing involved? Count me in!!
Here are the lovely finished products, and the directions on how to make them…
Aren’t they pretty? And a big thank you to my little fashion model…
* fabric bows or flowers (from Michael’s or Joanne’s)
* alligator clips (from the beauty supply store)
* 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (optional, to line your alligator clip)
* glue gun
* little piece of felt or material (optional)
To start, you will want to line your alligator clips with ribbon. This is optional, but gives your finished clips a more professional look. This step is easy and quick, but I made a little collage to help you remember. Feel free to pin for all your friends and for future reference!
|How to cover an alligator clip with ribbon|
Add a strip of glue with your glue gun to the top (curved part) of your alligator clip, and then stick it on to the back of your flower and hold it in place for a few seconds.
If you want to, you could cut out a small circle in a coordinating color of felt, and glue that over the top of the clip. Totally not necessary, just for aesthetic purposes.
And that is IT. Now do you believe me that you can do this in under 5 minutes? I’m no liar 🙂
Now you can clip this in your daughter’s, grandaughter’s, or even your own hair. But what if you have a newborn baby girl with no hair, or your child hates wearing clips? Or you’re trying to decide what to do with that extra flower that came in your pack of two?
Then you make an elastic headband. And it only takes about 3 minutes, less time than it takes to heat up your glue gun!
|Make an elastic headband with the extra flower|
You’ll need some thin elastic. I bought some black and white elastic in varying widths at Joanns. Then measure around the head of the one who will be wearing the headband with the elastic, and cut a little extra for where you’ll glue. You’ll want the headband to fit snug, but not be too tight to where it will be uncomfortable.
Now add some glue to one of the ends of the elastic and glue it to the other end so that it forms a circle. Glue the back of the flower to where you just glued the two ends. Then glue a circle of felt over the headband for a more finished look.