Spring has sprung, and it’s time to break out the flowers, straw hats, and colorful clothing! I live in NYC, and New Yorkers know that Easter is the day where it’s ok to put the black clothes aside and try on a brand new palette of colors to welcome the return of warm weather and sun.
I love participating in the Easter Parade every year, but making a new Easter bonnet can be a costly endeavor. This year, I wanted to see if I could make an Easter bonnet that would 1) be reasonably priced, 2) re-purpose something I already had on hand and 3) could be re-used again after Easter was over. So – here is my solution: budget spring flower hair clips that can be used to decorate a hat or headband!
For these hair clips, I wanted purple petunias, small daffodils and small white roses to match my dress. You could choose completely different flowers to suit whatever color scheme you have in mind.
What you will need to make this:
- Silk flowers. I opted for realistic looking ones from PANY New York, though you could use a cheaper brand from Michaels if you wanted.
- Straw hat and/or headband. I had both on hand from previous costumes.
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Sturdy scissors
- Hair clips – preferably large metal ones
- Safety Pins
Optional items to take the project to the next level:
- Small wire cutter for taking the flowers off of the stems
- Bobby pins
Using a sturdy pair of scissors or a small wire cutter, cut the leaves and flowers off of the main stems. You may also want to clip off the plastic ring that holds the center of each flower to the stem so it will lie flat when you glue it together. Arrange your leaf and flower combos as you see fit.
Once you have figured out how you want the flower clusters to be arranged, glue the flowers and leaves on using the hot glue gun.
Using the hot glue gun, glue the metal hair clips onto the flowers, keeping in mind what direction you want the clips to go in on your hat or headband. I alternated directions on mine.
Here’s a close up of the back of one hair clip. I just used hot glue to adhere the hair clip to the flowers because I was in a hurry to get them done. I didn’t use a felt circle or sew them on to the base – keep in mind that hot glue may not be a long-term solution for making the clips last. You may need to re-glue or sew them to the hair clip if you re-use them.
Here’s a picture of the finished clips and two possible options for using them: on a straw hat or clipped to a headband for a more romantic/renaissance look.
The straw hat needs to have large enough holes in it for the clips to hold. I clipped them inside of the band so they wouldn’t hurt my head, and used different size safety pins in strategically placed areas to adhere some of the leaves to the hat so they wouldn’t flap in the wind. If you prefer, they can also be simply clipped to a headband and you can use bobby pins to anchor them to your hair as needed.
I also want to take a moment to say that one of my friends, Lauren Bova, makes gorgeous flower hair clips that are durable and incredibly beautifully made at her shop Bovella. If making flower clips aren’t your thing, or you want something that is guaranteed to last a long time, hers are a great investment! I have several myself.
Let me know in the comments if you found this tutorial helpful!