Thrifty Thursday – 29 Cent Hair Clips

As a mom of three girls, I go through lots of hair accessories. I was buying tons of hair clips at first, but when I saw how inexpensive and easy they were to make, I started making them myself. There are lots of great tutorials out there on making hair clips. This is not one of them. But this is how I make hair clips. If you look closely, you might notice that some are crooked and not perfect, but my life is not perfect, and my clips reflect that.

Supplies you will need:
  • Glue gun
  • Ruler
  • Grosgrain ribbon – I used 3/8 of an inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Some kind of lighter
  • Flowers or embellishments
  • Silver hair clips

I am always on the lookout for pretty flowers or other embellishments I can use on my hair clips. When I was at Michael’s the other day, I found these cute flowers in the scrapbooking section.  They were on clearance for 99 cents each, so I snapped them both up. When I got to the register, they actually rang up at 29 cents each.  I was very excited and would have gotten more had I not just waited in the longest line.
(As an aside, if anyone from Michael’s is reading this, please install some price scanners throughout the store. So many items have no prices or are in the wrong spot. Okay, back to the clips.)

The grosgrain ribbon that I use is 3/8 of an inch wide and can usually be found at the dollar store or at Michael’s for $1. I have it in all colors and patterns.  I picked up the silver hair clips at a local hair supply store.

Cut your ribbon 6 1/2 inches long.

Use the lighter to seal the edges of the ribbon. Just hold it briefly near the edge until you notice it melting a bit. I don’t have a photo of me doing this because, well, you trying playing with fire and taking a photo. But here is what it looks like when it’s done. This will keep the ribbon from fraying.

Use your hot glue gun to place a strip of glue on the inside bottom of the open clip.  I used too much glue here.  You will want to use a little less. I like to use enough glue so that I don’t have to put any under it when I wrap the ribbon around it.

Now I have taken the ribbon and stuck it to the glue on the bottom prong.

Keep gluing and sticking until you have the entire hair clip covered in ribbon.  Here’s my nice, crooked little clip.  Don’t worry, once I cover it with my flower, you won’t even notice.

These are the pretty felt flowers I scored for 29 cents!  Sure to dress up any outfit. Just glue them on the top of the clip using the hot glue and you are good to go!

Here are the finished clips. Which do you like better, the white or black flowers? My girls have lots of clothes with black accents, so I am happy to finally have some clips to go with their outfits. Since I already had all the other supplies, I just spent 29 cents for each set of clips. Not too bad!

Finally, here is Little C, rocking her clip.

Making your own hair clips is an easy way to save some money. Keep your eyes open, because you never know when you might find some inspiration.


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