Tuesday, February 22, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers: Boutique Barrette

For those of you who are surrounded by gigantic mounds of snow and are teetering on the edge of winter blues... this one is for you.  Whip out your glue gun and make some beautiful bloom barrettes to remind you that spring will come again.

Artificial Flowers
Button (or jewel)
Embroidery Floss
Hair Clip
1-.1/2" Scrap of Ribbon
Glue Gun

When picking your artificial flowers, a variety of types will work.  You don't have to use only one type of flower.  Mixing and matching layers from different colors and varieties will create a more unique look.  Also, don't worry about where you gather your blooms from, you can purchase them from craft, discount or dollar stores.

First, take off the stems from your flowers including the green plastic piece holding the layers of pedals together.  Now your flowers will sit flat and you can layer different flower pedals together.  Tip:  If some of your pedals are too floppy, use spray starch to give them structure.

With your glue gun, attach your flower layers together.  If using a button, sew it on.  If using a jewel, glue it on.  The picture shown includes embroidery floss of coordinating colors tied behind the button.

Glue a 1-1/2" piece of ribbon around the clip with the seam facing the top.  Then put a line of glue on the top of the seam and place the clip on the bottom of the flower.  (See the picture to the left.)

You can use this barrette in your little girl's hair or clip it to a stretchy  headband.  Feeling like you need some color?  Clip this flower to a loosely knit or crocheted bag.

If you would like this clip but don't want to go to the trouble of making it, be the person who refers the 20th "follower" of Mary's Makings.  Or, you will find them for sale if you travel up the North Shore to Two Harbors, MN to the gift shop Sweet Peas.

Happy Crafting!

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