My friend Melynda decided to host a murder mystery party for her birthday this year, and since we all love a costume party we were encouraged to dress in wild west or Mexican-inspired outfits. I decided to show up wearing my best Frida Kalho-inspired outfit, complete with large floral hair clips. It was then that I decided I really need to keep getting invited to parties that require me to make new sorts of fascinators and hair clips and head gear, because each time I have to make some I get better at this.
I already posted a tutorial a fascinator tutorial for the clip I made for Angela’s Mad Hatter Tea Party, but this time I actually made the entire thing myself. I was intimidated to make the clip base at first but it turned out to be so easy. Isobel was watching me put these together and she kept begging me to glue some flowers to her head, too. Once you see how easy these are you can throw together a bunch of flower clips for your kid and made yourself a kickass Frida Kalho hair accessory of your own in an afternoon, no biggie.
Flowers: I found the red flower while thrifting and bought the other two at the craft store. I wanted at least one really large flower to make a bold fiesta-style statement, but I tried to keep scale in mind. I’m a petite 5’3″ on a good day, and too many large flowers would have made me look ridiculous. Just because I am ridiculous doesn’t mean I need to look it. If I were taller I could have gone for one or two more large flowers and would have looked awesome.
Clip/pin base: They had these in a pack of 6 at my craft store, but I’m sure you can find them online. You can use other types of clips–the process is the same–so don’t feel limited by this one, but keep two things in mind: the overall weight of the flowers you’ll be gluing on and the texture of your hair. I have superfine hair, so I have to use a strong clip with serrated teeth in order to ensure it stays in my hair.
Felt: I used glitter felt because it was a heavier weight than the regular felt, and in this case the stiffer the better. (That’s what she said! Ahem.) Even so I had to double up on felt at one point.
Hot Glue Gun & Scissors
Heat your hot glue gun while you lay everything out. You’ll need to decide how many clips to make. I made two, grouping the three small flowers on one clip and giving the large flower its own clip.
Cut out a circle of felt large enough to anchor your flowers in place but not so large that it’s visible from the front. I just eyeballed it but if you want to get all fancy about it you could use a compass or trace around a shot glass. I used two sheets of felt for extra stability on the clip with three flowers. The last thing you want is a hair clip with flowers that flop around like they have some sort of floral ED. Glue the sheets of felt together, if using more than one sheet.
Play with the arrangement of the flowers on the felt until you find a combination that both looks cute and will be easy to glue down. The time to do this is now, before you make any permanent decisions with a glue gun.
In order to make my flowers as flush to the clip as possible, I snipped off that piece of plastic that anchors the flower to the stem. It’s more attractive that way and makes the flower easier to glue on securely. If you’re going to do this, though, be prepared to glue the flower right after so pieces of your flower don’t fall off.
Glue your flowers to the felt circles. Have a bowl of cold water or a sink near by, as hot glue is the napalm of the craft world.
Give your glue a few minutes to set and then glue the clip to the felt of the flower. Careful now, the heat from the glue will soon turn the metal clip into a branding iron, so after you glue it down give it a good 15 minutes or so to cool down and let the glue set.
Once it’s set all you have to do now it clip it in your hair and look gorgeous! I feel like a fiesta princess with these in my hair together, but the next day when I was plain ol’ me again I wore the white clip by itself and it made a fantastic accessory.