How to Make Retro Hair Clips!

One of my favorite go to lazy retro hair trick is to throw a flower hair clip into my hair. There are lots of super cute Etsy shops that make hair clips if you aren’t feeling the DIY, but hair clips are actually really easy and fun to make.

In this post I show you how to make your own hair clips with just a few materials! You can make them in your favorite colors, or to match your favorite outfits!

To get started you need to get a few things:

  • Fake flowers
  • Hair clips
  • Felt
  • A Strong Glue
This is the type of glue I used.
Here are a few types of hair clips. My faves are the little black ones.

I bought all my materials at Joann Fabrics. I used coupons on most of the things I bought and probably spent about $20 on materials. You don’t have to use the same glue or clips I used, as long as you pick a glue that’s strong. I avoid hot glue because it doesn’t seem to hold as long and nothings as lame as a flower falling off your head half way through the day.

The flowers I bought in bunches, which we will rip apart. I usually end up with leftover flowers that I save for future clip combos. I also like to buy the little clumps of berries and leaves that Joann’s sells. I have also bought flowers and hair clips at the dollar store, so if you’re crafting on a budget you can make these on the cheap!

Pile O Floral!

The first thing that you want to do is cut little round circles out of your felt that are just a bit bigger than the top part of your clippy. Glue your felt circles to the top part of the hair clip. This will create a nice flat base for you to put your beautiful flower creations on!

Behold: Da base!

After you glue those little duders together you have to wait a bit for them to dry. Once they are nice and set, you can move on to the fun part.

I usually rip my flowers apart, and then I just start holding them up next to each other to see what looks good. I usually put a bunch of leaves on first, because that makes a nice backdrop for the flowers. Sometimes I snip the stems shorter, but I like to leave enough for the glue to grab hold.

When you put the flowers on the clip, keep in mind that you will be able to see all sides of the finished hair piece. This means before you glue them down, look at all the sides of the clip to make sure there no weird gaps or empty spots.

Looking good. Time to glue!

Once you have it all positioned start with the flowers closest to the felt and glue them on one by one. You might have to let the glue dry in between layers so everything can build on top of itself and not fall off in a big mess sad flowers.

Don’t be afraid to use lots of glue. All The glue.

After you glue them together you’re done! Easy Right? Just let them dry overnight before you wear them. If you’re anything like me you’ll want to make about a hundred of them now. Don’t feel limited to flowers either. In the 1950’s fruit hairpieces were also popular.

Here’s a few pics of my finished flowers!


April Mood Board: Pinup Hair Accessories.

I’ve decided to get back on the blogging scene for real this time. Here in the Midwest it’s still a bit snowy, so I decided the best way to slide into spring was with some fun and flowery hair accessories!

Each month I will do a project pulled from what women actually wore in years past, as well as a modern interpretation of retro or pinup. This month my “Real Retro” will be hair flowers.

For my “Copy Cat” project I will be doing pinup hair wraps. I will also include a free pattern for those who would like to make their own!

Make sure to follow my blog to be the first to see these and more upcoming projects!