If there are babies or young girls on your gift list this year, these go together quick and easy–and are cute and trendy to boot!
Here’s what you need to get going:
- Some double pronged salon clips. I bought mine at a local hair supply store, a box of 80 for about $6.
- Glue Gun and glue sticks
- 3/8″ ribbon. I used grosgrain because I like it. Twill tape works well too. Satin is a little hard to work with, and with organza, you’ll likely get burned with the glue coming through. If you’re like me you might get burned anyway.
- Fake flowers. There are several ways to acquire these. Scrapbook stores sell them as embellishments, but make sure you’re getting fabric/felt ones, not paper. You can also buy stems of flowers at a craft store and take them apart. Finally, you can buy felt squares (they were 25 cents a piece at my local JoAnn’s) and cut out your own flowers.
- Flower middles. These can be anything from buttons, to little rhinestones, to scrapbooking brads. Use your imagination. I like using brads to hold all the layers together, and then gluing buttons or rhinestones on top.
Here’s how to do it:
- First, cover the alligator clip with ribbon. Using the glue gun, start on the underside of the clip (that’s the straight side, without any angles). Glue the edge of the ribbon down then fold it over to continue covering the clip. This gives a nice folded edge look, that won’t fray. Glue the ribbon all the way around the clip, stopping on the underside of the top set of prongs. The bottom set will remain exposed so that we can clip it to things later.
- Assemble your flowers. Combine different sizes, colors, and shapes for visual interest. Also, keep in mind what colors are popular or favorites for children’s clothing. I had fun with mine and made some seasonal, even. Try to incorporate 3 or 4 layers so that the flower has some depth.
- Put the layers together with a brad, or glue them together with your hot glue gun (careful, or your fingers will look like mine).
- Add some flair by putting glitter, rhinestones, buttons, fuzzy yarn, or brads. I used some glitter glue on a few of the petals and it turned out really cute.
- Glue the flower to the alligator clip you covered earlier. Try to align the clip over any brad prongs so that they don’t catch hair.
You’re done with the flowers, now on to the headbands. I use crocheted baby headbands that I bought online. I’ve also seen them in boutiques and even a grocery store or two. They are cute, and stretchy and feminine, and the alligator clips can clip right into the fabric.
Alternately, you can make headbands out of knee-high nylons. Just take the nylon, cut off the toe and the ribbing at the top. Now, take the long middle part of the nylon and glue the two cut ends together, making a loop out of the remaining sock. Then, you can make a loop (with the ribbing) to wrap around the area you just glued together. Leave part of it not glued down so that you can slip the alligator clip in, and voila! A cute, interchangeable headband!
P.S. If you’d like to scrap the headband idea and just make some cute flowers to clip in hair (these work better for older girls, not babies), you can always assemble the flowers as above, but instead of using alligator clips, use the spring loaded clips. Again, purchaseable at a well stocked craft store.
22 Replies to “Baby Flower Headbands & Clips”
I love these headbands! I’ve always wondered how they make the flower part or if they were already like that so thanks for posting this!
If you ever want to learn how to make bows I can show you. Two tips:
1. If you just want to put a flower bow in the hair, line it with shelf liner–on the inside top of the alligator clip.
2. If you do not want your ribbon to fray, use a lighter to heat seal the ends.
Not sure about you, but I do find it easier to line the alligator clip by first putting hot glue on the ribbon and then opening up the alligator clip and putting the top inside of the alligator clip on the ribbon. Then I put a little bit more on top of the clip and wrap the ribbon on top and then on the end where you pinch and then on the back. I hope that makes since.
Wow… this is great!!! 🙂 I know I’m going to need to girl my little Baby Chomp up a big… what with her green and blue dinosaur clothes!!! 😉 Thanks for showing us how to make these. Awesome!
Thank you so much for this post!! I’ve been looking for a way to make these for weeks now! Thanks for your post!
I use mini glue dots to glue my ribbon to the clips. its way easy and sticks great( no burnt fingers). I just use hot glue to put the flower or bow in the clip.
GENIUS. My fingers thank you. 😀
thank you so very much! these are helpful tips! the nylon idea is BRILLIANT!
Soooo–have you made any? I would love to hear how it went!
You know, we tried your tip here and they really helped. Thank you so much for taking the time to share them with us.
How are you?
Yeah–she wears them now…doesn’t she?
Soooo are you having a girl or boy? Have you made any of these hair bows yet? I’d love to see them.
Ohhhh that is a great idea too. So does it hold as well for as long? I’m going to try them next time.
Have you made them yet? I’d love to hear how it went and how well they hold up.
it works great with grosgrain ribbon, not the silky stuff.
i sure have! i’ve actually been selling them on my etsy site. i’ve sewn them (the nylon) and used hot glue. very durable. they hold together well! i certainy recommend this!
my mom is having a baby girl in april and i wanted to start making cute little bows for her thanks for this article it REALLY helped 🙂 but i was wondering would the elastic headbands for infants at walmart with the already made flowers work just as well 😕
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