Thursday, September 24, 2009

How to make hair flowers -- tutorial

Ever seen a little girl with a really cute flower in her hair and wondered how to do it? Well, today is your lucky day! Here are step by step directions with lots of pictures. Email me if you have any questions.

First you need to gather your supplies. You will need the following:
  • fake flowers (you can buy these at craft stores, Wal-Mart, the Dollar Store)
  • glue gun with extra glue sticks
  • hair clips (I bought a box of 100 from Sally's Beauty Supply)
  • ribbon
  • matches or lighter
  • scissors
  • any accessories you may want to go with the flowers
Let's get started!

1. take the flower off of the stem and take it apart.

2.  Cut the stem part of the center piece off.  If it is 2 separate pieces, glue them together.

3.  Glue each of the pieces of the flower together.

4.  Cut your ribbon.  It should be just wide enough to cover your clips.  I use 3/8 in. grosgrain ribbon.  I like to cover the entire clip with ribbon.  For the clips I use, the ribbons need to be 6 and 3/8 in. long.  After you have your ribbon cut, you need to burn the ends.  I just use a match, but you can use a candle, or lighter or whatever you want.  Just be careful and make sure your children are not in any danger.
5.  Now you need to cover your clips with ribbon...even the inside of it.  I like to cover the entire clip with ribbon because it seems to stay better in my girls' hair and their hair doesn't get stuck under the edge of the ribbon if it is completely covered.
6.  Next you need to glue the flower to the clip.  Then you are all done!

7.  If you don't want to use the center that came in the flower, you can add other embellishments.  You can sew a button to it, or glue on some jewels.  I don't like jewels or buttons on the bigger flowers, but I do like jewels on smaller flowers.  It is all a matter of preference.  Here are some that I added some bling to because my daughter was begging me to.  I don't love the big ones, but she does.  I guess that is what matters right?  You can also mix and match the petals from the different flowers to make some multi-colored flowers. I did 6 multi-colored, 6 single colored, and 4 with a little bit of bling.

These are the flowers that I made yesterday. Pretty cute huh?


Cortnie said...

So cute! I had no desire to put anything on AVJ's head when she was tiny. I just barely figured out how to make those. They're super easy! Makes you wonder why anyone buys them for $5+ at Clair's huh?

wilkinson_fam said...

And I've been PAYING for these!!! Incredible.

I'm making some today!!!

ivan said...

Thank you so much I was wondering how to do this I knew they used the flower but all the ones i find are bulky now i know what to do....Thanks!