So for some people this process is pretty self explanatory…not for me! I honestly didn’t even think about turning silk flowers into hair clips until I wanted flowers for my “brides maids” hair. I had no idea how to do it until I met this sweet girl who showed me how! I was able to make cute hair clips for my wedding. I LOVED how they turned out! So I thought I would share what I learned with anyone who wants to make flower clips but doesn’t know how. (I apologize for the pictures, it was late and my lighting is horrible)
1. Find the flowers you want. Since I was making mine for babycakes I decided to find a smaller flower. Any craft store carries them- even Walmart has them!
2. Pull off flowers. If the flowers don’t just pop off you can cut them off.
3. Pull apart the actual flower. you want to remove all things plastic, every couple layers there will be a plastic “spacer” and depending on how you want your flower to look you can remove them accordingly. I tend to remove all of them in my flowers.
keep the layers of petals in order as you take them off your flower.
4. Hot glue the flower back together. You don’t have to use the stem if you don’t want to. I normally do because it helps me keep the flower center. I also cut the spiky-ness off of the center of my flower. You don’t need hot glue for the first layer of petals, but on the second layer put two little dots opposite each other. (I accidentally put a fatty glob of glue on mine)
You will want to alternate the petal layers so that the actual petal is covering the spacing between the previous petals.
5. Finish off your flower. This part was always fun for me because you want to trim the excess stem and then use your hot glue gun to melt the plastic so the flower won’t come apart. (I love melting the stem…)
6. Choose your center. You can leave the center of your flower alone, or you can add whatever you want! This time I went with rhinestones and glitter glue.
go ahead and dap some glue in the center of your flower and add the bling of your choice!
Now that you made your flower, you need a clip to glue it on! I usually use clips I can slide into babycakes hair but anything works.
1. Find a clip you like and ribbon that matches your flower. I get mine from Sally’s hair and beauty supplies. I like that they are flat and don’t have ridges.
2. Cover Clip with Ribbon. Honestly, you don’t need ribbon. I’ve used fabric before and I’ve done nothing to cover the clip before. The idea is to camouflage the clip. Measure out the ribbon you will need and then cut it.
Then go ahead and glue it on. This part can be tricky because hot glue dries quickly. If the glue dries before you get your ribbon on just heat it up again with the glue gun. I like to put the glue on the prongs of the clip and then slide the ribbon in. Then I just put glue on the rest of the clip and wrap the ribbon around.
don’t forget to put glue on the underside of the top prongs so the ribbon stays on when you open and shut the clip. Donezo!! Now for a little extra grip I add a little piece of shelving liner.
It is just like the ribbon only this stays on the underside of the top prongs. Cut the shelving to size and glue it into place. (I use the same technique as gluing ribbon on the clip) trim any excess.
If you get strings of glue, just pull/cut them off.
To attach the flower just put a dab of glue on the base of your flower and stick it right on your clip!
Now, if you want to make a headband with your flower here is how-
1. Measure out the amount of elastic you will need.
2. Cut the elastic and hot glue the ends together. Make sure to overlap a bit.
3. Measure out felt pieces. You just want to cover the hard plastic of the flower and make sure the flower is securely attached. I cut out little squares that are the right cover up size and then I cut a circle from that.
4. Attach the flower. When you attach the flower I recommend gluing into the seam of the elastic (the two ends you glued together) not only does it hide the seam but it makes it even more difficult for your headband to pull apart. So take your felt circle and place it under your elastic. Then glob on some glue, you want to make sure there is a little bit of glue covering the whole circle.
Attach the flower and make sure all the edges of the circle are glued down.
Tada! Look at your adorable headband! You can leave it with just one darling flower or add more. I wanted three on mine.
To add more flowers you will glue them on the same but make sure to overlap the flowers a little bit because the elastic will stretch and your flowers will spread apart.
Thats it!! You did it! Here are the accessories I made with mine. I used glitter glue for most of the flower centers. I also left some spacers in a pair of clips to add to the “rosette” look of the flower.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have a question leave a comment and I will answer you right back! I would also LOVE to see what you come up with when making your silk flower accessories!