You can make a ribbon hair clip to add some flair to your locks, dress up your outfit, or just to create more fun accessories for your wardrobe. It’s tough to keep ribbon in place in your hair, and putting it on a simple clip is the perfect way to secure it.
If you want to know how to make a ribbon hair clip, just follow these steps.
[Edit]Making a Simple Looped Ribbon
- Find a piece of ribbon. It can be as simple as you like. A nice soft pink ribbon will do very nicely. It should be at least 5″ (12.7 cm) long.
- Curl your ribbon. Curling the ribbon will give it some more texture. To curl your ribbon, just take scissors and open it. After that, put the ribbon on the edge of the scissors with your hand under it. Move it along and watch it curl.
- Tie the ribbon in a bow. Tie two loops with a knot in the center just as you would tie your shoelaces.
- Decorate the ribbon (optional). If you’d like to add some more flair to the ribbon, you can glue on a few sequins, or paint it with an eye-catching glittery paint. Whatever you do, just make sure it won’t easily come off the ribbon or get caught in your hair.
- Place the ribbon on a pin. You can place it on a bobby pin by inserting the pin through the bow knot. You can also glue the bottom of the ribbon to a craft pin.
- Place the ribbon in your hair. This simple, cute look will dress up your hairstyle.
[Edit]Making a Hair Clip with a Central Knot
- Fold a loop. Cut off two 12 centimeter (4.7 in) ribbons; four 7 centimeter (2.8 in) ribbons and two smaller 13 centimeter (5.1 in) ribbons.
- Stick a double-sided tape in the middle of the wide 12 centimeter (4.7 in) ribbon.
- Make a loop with one end stuck to the middle.
- Stick the other end of the ribbon. Make a loop with the other end stuck to the middle. Fold the other blue 12 centimeter (4.7 in) ribbon in the same.
- Cut off a triangle shape from two ends of four 7 centimeter (2.8 in) ribbons.
- Lay the folded ribbons. Stick a double-sided tape in the middle of 7 centimeter (2.8 in) ribbon. Stick a ribbon of different color with the triangle shape aligned; place the other two respectively.
- Lay the two folded 12 centimeter (4.7 in) ribbons on the four stuck ribbons.
- Stick two smaller ribbons. Stick a double-sided tape to the smaller blue ribbon. Make sure that the blue one is thinner than the orange one. Stick the blue ribbon obliquely on the orange ribbon.
- Cross fold the ribbons.
- Make a knot. Make the upper side ribbon down through the loop and tie up the ribbons. Adjust the top angle by slightly squeezing. Open a hair clip.
- Place the open hair clip on the back of the folded ribbons. Fold the knotted ribbon to fix the clip with the knot on the obverse side. Stick two ends of the ribbons and cut off the redundant.
[Edit]Making a Clip with Many Loops
- Gather 5 pieces of grosgrain ribbon about 16″ x 3/8″ (40.5 cm x .9 cm) long. You should pick a variety of colors and patterns to make your final product more colorful and visually appealing.
- Remove the middle of a metal clip. Find an ordinary metal hair clip that is around 2–3″ (5–7.5 cm) long. Take out the middle of the clip, the part that keeps the clip down. Set it aside — you’ll be putting it back later.
- Line up the tips of the ribbons. Line up all of the tips of the ribbons and pinch them at the top as the rest of the ribbon hangs down.
- Tie the ribbon to the clip. Place the ribbon ends over the top of the clip, facing up, and run the thread around it at least 4-5 times until its securely in place. Then, tie the thread in a knot 3-4 times to hold the ribbon down. Cut off the extra end of the thread.
- Make the first loop. Place your thumb underneath the five pieces of ribbon and arrange the ribbon over it to create a loop that fans out at least 1″ (2.5 cm). You’ll be making five of these, so work out the proportions accordingly so that you don’t run out of ribbon or have too much left over. You can always rework the ribbon if this happens.
- Attach the loop to the clip with the thread. Run the thread around the unattached end of the first loop three times. You don’t have to tie it again until the end.
- Create four more loops. Continue this process until you’ve made five loops that fan out and touch each other. Keep securing the loops with the string before moving on.
- Secure the loops to the clip with the thread. Run the thread over the free end of the last loop a few times and then run it in between the five loops a few times each. After that, tie the thread to itself and then cut off the excess string.
- Place the middle of the metal clip back on. Just place it back in its original spot.
- Fan out the loops. Now pull the pieces of ribbon out so that you can see all five pieces of string in each bow. You don’t have to fan out each one perfectly. The clip will look fun and a little asymmetrical. This will make the piece of ribbon look fluffy and colorful.
- Don’t put the clip in your hair until glue is dry.
[Edit]Things You’ll Need
- Grosgrain ribbon
- A metal clip or a bobby pin