Floral hair ornaments are a beautiful addition to a fantasy themed costume, wedding apparel, or everyday wear if you are a flower child like me. In this instructable, I will show you an example of a hair clip I made, though it really only takes imagination, creativity, and whatever trinkets inspire you (and make you want to wear them in your hair).
Gather your supplies:
a. Hair clip
b. Anything that inspires you to make your hair clip, in this example it is fake flowers, a feather butterfly, beads, upcycled earrings, and fake greenery.
d. Wire cutters and wire if applicable
e. Industrial strength, volatile organic solvent based glue
f. Paper towels or something else to keep your workspace safe from glue
Set down the paper towel or whatever you are using to protect your workspace.
Get out your fake leaves, hair clip, and glue.
Apply glue to the top of the hair clip.
WARNING: Glue is based on a volatile organic solvent and fumes can be toxic. Perform crafting in a well ventilated area.
Place the leaves on the hair clip.
Use clothespins to keep leaves attached to glue properly. This pressure allows the leaves to adhere optimally.
Set aside clothespin-held leaves and hairclip and allow solvent to evaporate.
Cut off a piece of twine-covered wire.
Bend one end of the wire over to prevent it from stabbing people.
Cut off unraveled twine.
Twist twine wire around, leaving one end straight and the other end slightly bent.
Remove the wire from the feather butterfly. This should slip out easily, but if not, a little force may need to be applied. Be careful to not damage the butterfly, since these tend to be fragile.
Apply glue to the bent end of the twine covered wire.
Attach butterfly to glued section of twine. Do not use a clothespin to secure it, but find a way to keep it upright, allowing the butterfly to not have any external or net forces on it.
Gather supplies for beaded part of hair ornament. These include beading wire, wire clippers, beads, and upcycled earrings.
Begin beading by taking one end of the beading wire (while it is attached to the spool) and threading beads onto it.
When you feel that you have enough length of beads, cut the wire, leaving plenty of extra wire at the ends.
Thread wire through the first upcycled charm.
Loop wire around a few times.
Take two of the beads at the end. These will be used to secure the end of the wire.
Loop the wire through the first bead and pull through tight.
Loop the wire through the two beads and pull through. Do this a couple of times.
Twist the wire around to secure it.
Warning: Do not let this happen. I have accidentally lost beads on the opposite side of the one I was working on. It is frustrating and wastes time.
On the opposite end, loop the wire around the other charm. Loop a few times.
Use the same process of looping and tugging the wire through the last two beads in order to secure the end.
Cut the wire to a manageable length.
Push the wire down into the beads. You may need to use pliers to help you pull it through at the end.
Take the clothespins off of the leaves and hairclip.
Cut a piece of wire and use it to attach the beads to the hair clip by wrapping it around.
Twist the wire at the end to secure it.
Cut off excess wire.
Wrap wire around itself to secure the end.
Take butterfly and twine and remove the twine from the bottom end.
Slip bare wire under beading wire around the hair clip. This is surprisingly secure, but future glue will completely secure it.
It is perfectly welcome to have last minute ideas. Crafting artistic ornaments is best done through inspiration and creativity, not a step by step process. Here, I decided to make the beads not two straight tails from the clip, but instead all looped and swirly. To do this, you use the same method of wrapping wire around, twisting it at the end, cutting the excess off, and wrapping the remainder around itself to secure it.
Do this to the other end as well.
Get the other greenery.
Apply glue to backside of greenery, where you wish to adhere it to the leaves.
Apply greenery to leaves and secure with a clothespin.
Cut unsightly plastic ends off of flowers.
Glue bottom of flower.
Apply flower to hair clip.
Do the same for the other flowers.
Gently lay the completed hair ornament somewhere it will be safe.
Allow it to rest for at least overnight.
Enjoy your beautiful hair ornament!