Monday, December 2, 2013

DIY: Gold Star Hair Bow

Hi there! I was inspired by the Christmas spirit and the Rodarte star hair clips to create this lovely statement hair piece.  You might have seen this hair bow before if you've checked out my giveaway (which is open until the 12:00 am EST on the 12th). If you don't live in the States or Canada but still wanted to make something like this, you're in luck! It's a bit time-consuming, but it's not hard at all. If you have an hour or two on your hands, this is an awesome project that would make a really pretty Christmas gift for any girly girls in your life. 

What you'll need

  • 20 gauge gold wire
  • wide spiderweb-like gold wire-edged ribbon 
  • glue gun/tacky glue 
  • hair clip (get one from the dollar store and just rip off the plastic barrette part of it for a cheaper option)
  • scissors
  • pliers
  • wire cutters

Cut about 8 inches/21 cm of wire and fold the two ends over so that they touch in the middle. You might have to adjust your ribbon according to your hair clip's length, but always leave about two inches of leeway because once you scrunch it up in the middle, it gets considerably shorter.

Glue the ends together at the middle.

Then, scrunch the bow together at the middle and use some wire to wrap it around and hold it in place.

Cut length of wire and create stars using your pliers. Because the stars are just sharp lines, you can easily make them with your pliers.

Once you're done with them, just poke them through the holes in your ribbon.

You can do the same thing for the stars with this design. If you want a more step-by-step tutorial, check out this one I did a while back.

Keep repeating that on one side and using some tiny elastics, wrap it around the pieces of wire multiple times. When you're making the stars on the other side, just stick them underneath the elastic. Be sure to pick one that's a similar colour to your ribbon so it doesn't show on the other side.

Trim off any bits of ribbon at the middle if they're too long.

Take a piece of ribbon, fold it in three, and wrap it around the middle of the bow to cover up the elastic. Take a piece of wire and stick it through to keep it in place.

Glue the ends of the ribbon together.

Put some extra glue in the middle portion where your hair clip is going to go (only on the middle bit, not on the two flaps of the bow) and stick your hair clip in there. Fold the wire over and let it dry.

You could also make smaller bows by cutting shorter lengths of ribbon, getting rid of the starry wire, and instead of using a hair clip, just create an area so that you can stock a bobby pin or something like that through.

What did you think of the DIY? Will you be recreating it? What other DIYs do you want to see? Leave your comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!
- J

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