I always come up with FABULOUS ideas for clothing, accessories or home decor. And then I go on an exhaustive search to stores and internet sites only to find that what was in my head does not exist. Or it does exist, but is extremely cost-prohibitive. Sometimes these thoughts are inspired by a color, ribbon or image I’ve seen in a magazine or online. Sometimes, it just pops into my head and the only way to get it out is by making it a reality — kind of like that horrible song that gets stuck in your head and will only go away if you sing it. Out loud.
In order to save my sanity, and keep my Husband from killing me over money, I learned to make things myself.
A few years ago, way before I became a blogger, I made these hair bows/pins for my daughter’s Halloween costume. That year, she was a punk rock ballerina faerie. Try finding that costume in a store! So I decided I would make it, and all the accessories, myself. Yes, those are skulls. What’s a punk rocker without skulls?? (I got the skull ribbon online)
Her Mohawk is also my design. I’m crafty like that.
All these need to become a reality is Fabri-Tac, ribbon and a couple of those barrette bases from Michael’s. All the rest is your own imagination. Oh, and a bow maker would be helpful as well.
Although the pictures show a Halloween style, these barrettes and/or pins can be easily changed to suit any holiday or color scheme just by using different colored ribbon.
- Fabri-Tac glue (hot glue just doesn’t work well here)
- Ribbon (at least two colors/patterns) of varying widths
- Decorative buttons with bottom loop or beads
- 1 1/2 inch Barrette or bar pin bases
- Bow maker
- Craft wire (optional)
- Glue a doubled piece of scrap ribbon or fabric to top of barrette or pin base, set aside to dry
- Using your bow maker (or you can eyeball it if you’re good at it), lay down a 2-3 inch long piece of ribbon or craft wire vertically where the center of your bow will be
- Add your two kinds of ribbon spools to the bow maker’s spool dowel, with the main color/widest ribbon on the bottom (each color bow can be done separately and then combined, depending on preference)
- Decide how many loops the bow will have and how large it will be and create it according to the bow maker instructions (or do it freehand if you know how — I don’t, hence the bow maker)
- Once the bow is the desired size, pull the craft wire or ribbon tight to the center of the bow and twist until secure. Snip off excess.
- Glue bow to barrette or pin base and let dry.
- Using a thin 4 inch long coordinating ribbon, thread it through the loop on the bottom of the decorative button or bead. Place the threaded button/bead in the center of the bow and thread the ribbon around to the bottom of the base top (above the spring) and glue. Repeat with the other end of the ribbon. Trim excess.
- Let dry.
And, Voila! pretty barrettes or pins for any occasion.
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Category: Glitter & Glue