About two weeks ago I decided to try a small experiment to cheer myself up: I thought that I would try to make myself some hair flowers. I've seen many beautiful women in the online vintage community wear them, but when I've looked on Etsy they've always been a bit out of my price range. Besides, I like to make things with my hands, and the one or two YouTube tutorials I could find made it look pretty easy. And it was. Hair flower clips are easy, inexpensive, and quick accessories to make that have a big impact on outfits, and help a bit with feeling cheerful, too. And also hiding hair that is growing out, if you, like me, have that problem too.
Frida Kahlo and Paula Modersohn-Becker, two artists who I admire very much, both used to wear flowers in their hair when they painted. Paula Modersohn-Becker said that she loved to dress up to paint and put flowers in her hair, as it was a special occasion for her, and something worth celebrating by looking her best.
The orange chrysanthemums in my hair were a gift from my mom that she found at a local dollar store. The little orange flowers were on sale for a dollar at Michaels craft stores. I'm wearing them with a new dress that I made recently and hope to photograph with Mr Rat soon.
Without further ado, a simple tutorial for making your own hair flowers, if you're so inclined:
- fake flowers of your choice
- alligator hair clips or bobby pins
- a piece of green felt
- a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (it is helpful if your glue-fun is a low-heat glue-gun, as it is easy to burn yourself working with small objects like the flowers and hair clips)
The first thing you will want to do is pull the leaves and flowers off of the stems. You can discard the stems or cut the wire and re-use it for some other craft project.
The fake flowers have a tube of plastic that sticks out of the back where they were connected to the stems. You will want to take your scissors and cut it off as close to the base of the flower as possible.
Next you will want to cut a circle out of the felt to cover the plastic base of the flower.
If you choose to add the leaves from your fake flower stems for your hair clips, hot glue the leaves to the base of the flower, then hot glue the circle of felt over the top. You may need to hold it between your fingers just long enough for the hot glue to set.
Next you will put a line of hot glue on the flat part of your alligator clip or bobby pin and press it to the back of the felt, trying to keep the flower and leaves positioned to cover the clip as much as possible. Set aside to let cool completely.
A completed hair flower clip!
I made a set of orange flowers for me, and two sets of pink flowers for my niece. She was delighted.
If you give this tutorial a try, or have done this before---tell me about it in the comments! I hope that you enjoyed this simple craft, and that it might cheer you up every time you put flowers in your hair (or give them as gifts to a special friend or family member).
"America's First Department Store" was the slogan of ZCMI or Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution and was founded in 1868 by Brigham Young in Salt Lake City. It was established primarily as a means to supply Mormon pioneers with lower cost goods by pooling the resources of Mormon businesses enabling them to have more buying power from wholesalers. ZCMI sold everything from household goods, fabric and thread, to beauty supplies and even began manufacturing their own line of work clothes and boots (wikipedia). ZCMI was officially sold in 1999 to May department stores.
Within our first few months living in Salt Lake, we stumbled upon this flamboyant western fabric, still carrying the ZCMI tag, at a Goodwill. I knew immediately that I had to make this into the Butterick 7651 western shirt designed by Robert Stock. We luckily had a remnant of the solid reddish/orange cotton that works so well as a contrasting yoke, pocket, and cuffs. The most interesting design of this shirt was the larger front pouch pockets. I was a little skeptical at first but I really think they give the shirt a unique touch. The fit of this pattern is very good. The construction was smooth. And I have received numerous compliments from co-workers. I have already cut out fabric to make two more versions of this shirt. I highly recommend!
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.