Yesterday I made 100+ hair clips for the Young Adult Romance Writers of America’s annual retreat coming up July 25 in Anaheim, California. Can’t you see a bunch of writers strolling about RWA Nationals all week with these in their hair or on their lanyards? The clips were soooo easy and inexpensive — about thirty cents a piece. And pretty, oui?
Here’s how to make them.
Silk Flowers (cheapies by the bunch are fine)
Alligator Hair Clips (available at beauty supply stores)
Ribbon (Grosgrain works best as it’s pretty sturdy)
Hot Glue Gun
Pull flowers off the plastic stems.
Remove hard plastic centers and plastic between flower petal layers.
Using a dab of glue between layers, re-stack flower petals. For a fuller look, add more layers. Glue a pretty button or jewel to the center.
Cut ribbon long enough to cover both the inside and outside of one prong section of the alligator clip. Glue ribbon to the inside of the angled prong section, wrap around point, and glue to the outside of the angled prong section. Make a nice crease at the point.
Assemble hair clip by gluing the ribbon-covered prong to the bottom of the flower. That’s it!
And if you’re really bored, you can make a hundred or so.
Hugs and happy reading!
Lea Nolan says
They look great! I can’t wait to see them in person (and you too, for that matter!) 🙂
Maureen McGowan says
Awesome! The pink ones match my hair. 🙂 Can’t wait to see you.
Suzanne Lilly, TeacherWriter says
Shelly, these are so adorable! I can see making these in my classroom next year with the kids for Mother’s Day. What a great idea you had, and thanks for sharing!
M. Kassel says
Very pretty, Shelley! I’m looking forward to meeting you (and your creations) in person at the conference next week!
Caryn Caldwell says
These were so wonderful, Shelley! Thanks again for making them. And contrary to what you said above, they look like a lot of work! I loved wearing my flower everywhere. Thanks for doing this!
Caryn Caldwell says
P.S. It was fun to meet you at RWA!