Monday, February 13, 2012

Make It Monday: Felt Flower Hairclip

Valentine's Day is upon us! Each year, I like to give my girlies a little Valentine's Day gift. Since they will be getting plenty of candy as school, I usually avoid candy gifts and typically opt for homemade gift. Last year, I made them some sweet little heart-shaped flax seed bags that can be used as a "heat bag" or an ice pack of sorts. This year, I made them some new Felt Flower Hairclips.

As you might imagine, with two little girls in the house, we like hair accessories. Honestly, I'm not a talented hairdresser, for myself or for my girls. I'd rather brush their hair and pop on a headband (aka "crown") or hairclip and call it good.

At our house, we do have a preference for flower hairclips. When Lucie was just an itty bitty, I made my first felt flower hairclip to keep her crazy bangs out of her face. It was easy to make -- I just glued together two flower shapes cut from felt, added a couple of felt leaves on the back and a rhinestone in the center of the flower. She wore that clip all the time. It was just about the only hairstyle that I could do with her hair. 

This past December, I shared how to make a simple Satin Flower Hairclip. These are a bit fancier...and a bit more dangerous to make since you use the flame from a tea candle.

My latest version of the flower hairclip is simple. To make them, you'll need the following:
  • felt in at least two colors - one for the petals and one for the leaves
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • metal hairclip 

Using the flower petal felt, cut out eight ovals. Mine measured about 1.5 inches by 1 inch. Then, cut out five felt circles. Mine measured 1 inch across. Using the leaf felt, cut out a couple of leaves.

Apply a small bead to the bottom of a felt oval and press the sides together. It will pucker the petal a bit. Do this to all of the ovals.

Take one felt circle and apply glue around about 1/4 of the circle. Press the puckered end of two ovals onto the glue. Repeat all the way around the circle until all eight petals are affixed to the circle. You now have the base of the flower.

Take a felt circle and fold it in half, and then in half again. Place a small drop of glue on the pointed end of the folded circle. Press onto the center of the flower. Repeat with the other circles until you've created the center of the flower.

Flip the flower over and apply a line of glue where you want your metal hair clip to go. Open the clip and glue on the top side of the clip. Slip the felt leaves between the two prongs and make sure they adhere to the backside of the flower.

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