Giving the Gift of Fashion: Custom Barrettes
Hello, friends! Beanie here again sharing another gift idea for all the ladies in your life: hair barrettes. Sounds simple, right? Well, it truly is but it makes a wonderful gift. Customizable for any style, color, or occasion, these fashion accessories make wonderful gifts.
Requiring minimal supplies, these barrettes come together so quickly and easily you will be astounded at how many you can create in an evening.
For the ones shown here, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Autumn Leaves Sidekick and Prima’s Pearl White Color Bloom sprays to give a shimmer to the flowers. TIP: Did you know that you can refill Color Bloom sprays with filtered or bottled water two times? That’s right, when the bottle is nearly empty, simply refill it with filtered or bottled water, shake it up, and you’re ready to go again. The Color Blooms may seem expensive, but when you factor in three bottles out of one, they are actually one of the more inexpensive sprays on the market.
I made card backs (a piece of 3″ x 3″ cardstock) to hold the finished barrettes using 7 Dots Studio’s Cold Country paper line (choose paper that compliments the barrettes). You can find your barrette base online at Amazon (I used the 2″ type for these), at your local beauty supply, or Target. I used many different types of flowers and centers (micro beads and other self-adhesive gems). Fabri-Tac is my favorite adhesive for this sort of creation because it sets up so quickly.
Attach the base flowers to the barrette using Fabri-Tac (it dries quickly so you won’t have to wait long to move forward). Before attaching your focal flower, add anything to the center (beads, sequins, gems, etc) using Fabri-Tac or other dries clear adhesive and let that set up. Once it’s set, you can attach it to the barrette using Fabri-Tac.
The most difficult part of this project: choosing flowers. There are literally thousands of combinations and the sky is the limit for customization including beads, self-adhesive gems, sequins, sprays, die cuts, mini bells, and on and on! Be sure to stop by the store for all of your paper crafting needs. Some wonderful new goodies are being added for the holidays!
I hope this idea inspires you to step outside the box in terms of gift-giving. Remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”