Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thrifty Thursday - Homemade Flower Hair Clip

-  Silk Flower
-Felt, about 2" square in any color
-  Metal Hair Clip
-  Needle and Thread
-  Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

1. Remove the flower from the stem. Notice that there is some extra greenery/bulk still remaining on the back of the flower.  In this case, it was not glued to the petals, and I was able to remove it all without damaging the flower.
2. Carefully cut the extra plastic that is protruding from the back of the flower.
3. Add some hot glue to the end you just cut.  The center holds all over your flower petals together, so you want to secure it.
4. Cut an oval from your felt.  I cut an oval about about 2" in diameter by 1 1/2" in diameter.
5. Add a line of hot glue down the center of your oval (across the shorter side).  Open your hair clip, and close it so that that the felt circle is glued to the "top" side of the clip.  Notice in the photo on the right, the felt is attached to the top of the clip when it is opened. 
6. Add hot glue to the top side of your felt oval and the top of the hair clip, covering it well.  Carefully place the glue-side of the oval on the center, backside of the flower.  Press down gently, making sure not to get burnt by the glue through the felt!  You may want to flip the flower over and gently press from the top down, to secure it.
7. Make sure that you place the clip "handle" in a place on the flower that you will be able to access fairly easily.

NOTE:  You may want to go into the flower, between the layers of petals, and add some hot glue into the center of the flower.  This will give it some extra security, and minimize the risk of your flower coming apart.


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