And I’d say it has been 33% successful so far...
Got a crackerjack team of crafty folks (me, my mom, and Maggie), and we attempted to make three kinds of hair accessories (remember I said we were going to attempt it in this post to save a little money – since the girls lose about one clip a week – and to exercise our creative muscles).
1. The curly korker bow things. A dismal failure. We followed a bunch of online instructions (which all basically said wrap your grosgrain ribbon around a dowel, secure the ends, then bake at 200-275 for 20-40 mins).
Ours were kinda sorta curled after the baking, but the curls fell out shortly after and they just looked like sad little heaps of ribbon. We’ll try this again, will wrap MUCH tighter this time, and will bake longer (we started on the 200-degrees and 20-minute side of things). Any suggestions would be welcome!
2. Monogrammed silk flower clips. We’re still noodling these over, so the jury’s still out... We don’t have the self-covering fabric buttons that I want for the centers yet, but my mom is going in search of them and them we’ll have a friend with a fancy sewing machine do the initials on some fabric and attach the buttons to the middle of the flowers. The sight of our kitchen table in the midst of hair-clip brainstorming was pretty amusing though, so that’s the pic I’ll include for these ones. You can see a bunch of the flowers strewn here and there, and various rejected monogramming techniques:
3. Felt clips. Oh yeah, now these ones are easy and really fun! Got a bunch of felt at Michael’s, then had the girls pick colors this morning and I whipped up a few cute little clips over breakfast. Three colors, a little contrasting thread, and an alligator clip hot glued to the back:
Some of the felt was sparkly, like this pink one below, and sparkles are always a hit with our girlies:
These are the first three I’ve done, and I’ve learned a lot that I’ll apply to the next ones, so they’ll get better. The girls really like picking out their colors and shapes, and Ree was pretty dang proud that she helped me sew hers. I’m thinking these are simple, easy little clips that I can whip up while watching American Idol at night. (Side note: Is anyone else watching it? I really like the new judging panel.)
Sorry Etsy – it’s been fun, and we will alwaysalwaysalways love you, but I think we’ve purchased our last hair clip from you.