I originally shared this project on Here Comes the Sun, for Kelly’s 12 Days of Christmas series. When you’re done here, I highly recommend checking out the rest of the series on her blog! There are some great ideas there…
I think Christmas barrettes are an easy, fun way to get festive without requiring a lot of time or money. With a few simple supplies on-hand, you can make ’em up for any holiday. I bought a large bag of nekkid hair clips at a craft store for about $3. You can use felt, ribbons, buttons, yarn — just about any crafty supplies you have on-hand to decorate the hair clips. And boom! Easy holiday accessories.
1.) Felt Christmas star
I was going for a little bit quirky and funky with this star, so I didn’t worry too much about cutting it exactly right. I freehand drew a star on a bit of yellow felt
cut it out, and embroidered around the edge (I used two strands of embroidery thread, not the whole thick floss) in orange. I glued some ribbon over the hair clip
and just tacked the star to the top with a little more glue. That’s it! Done!
2.) Knit Christmas star
I’m a knitter, so I had to include at least one knit hair accessory. I used this pattern, my size 3 needles, and some DK yarn to whip up a star in about 20 minutes (it’s five rows long so it goes pretty quick!). Lined another barrette with ribbon, glued this to the top, and I had a star barrette in less than half an hour. These stars are so cute — they’d also be great as present toppers, or maybe knit with bigger needles and chunkier yarn to string together as a garland.
3.) Button Christmas wreath
This one was just buttons. I took one large red button, and some smaller green ones (these are from Laura Kelley, she’s got some awesome button collections!). I glued them to the back in a circle and let the whole thing dry. When dry, I glued my button wreath to a ribbon-lined barrette and that was it. One tip for gluing with buttons, though — if you want it to last a while, don’t use the glue gun. Try an all-purpose adhesive like Quick Grip, or a glue intended for plastics and jewelry. The buttons glued on with a glue gun tend to pop off pretty easily.
So there you have it — three simple holiday hair clips to make things a little more festive!
And now that you’re in a festive sort of mood, try these crafts and recipes:
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