Friday, October 19, 2012

DIY Mermaid Costume Accessories: Starfish Hairclip


I gotta say, I'm having great fun creating mermaid costumes for my girls. Today I made the accessories for their costumes. They were so inexpensive and easy to make, and I think they'll add a nice little touch. I've yet to show the girls though...I'm hoping they like them too!

How to Make A Starfish Hairclip
Who doesn't love a fun hairclip? Originally, I was going to have the girls wear flower hairclips (or with flowers like these), but one of the girls insisted that Ariel only wore flowers when she was on land. My sister-in-law Aimee had mentioned starfish hairclips, so I thought I'd try to make one of those. Easy peasy...and oh so cheap! I think each clip costs less than 25 cents to make since you really don't need much felt at all to make a hairclip. Even if you won't be making a starfish, a felt hairclip is a cheap and fun addition to a girl's Halloween costume!


Supplies:
  • sand colored felt (I used Rainbow Classic Felt in Sandstone)
  • scissors
  • template (I used this starfish graphic to make mine)
  • straight pins
  • matching thread
  • needle
  • hairclip
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks

Directions:
Fold the felt over so you have a double thickness and use straight pins to secure. Trace your template onto the felt and cut out.


Thread your needle and stitch around the edges to connect the two pieces of felt. Make sure that the knot of your thread is sandwiched between the two layers so that you don't see that part. Cut up bits of excess felt and use them to stuff the points of your seastar as you stitch them together.

Use hot glue to affix your seastar to the hairclip. Ta da!

Come back soon...I'll be sharing a tutorial for another Mermaid Costume accessory and of course the skirt and seashell top!
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