A looped barrette is a fun fashion accessory, especially when you make it with colorful ribbon and crayons -- yes, crayons! It's perfect for the artist in you.
You also can create a looped barrette with other novelties in place of the crayons -- just glue your favorite item between the loops. For example, use jingle bells for a holiday barrette, or use tiny hearts for a Valentine's Day barrette. Any way you do it, it'll be a masterpiece.
What You'll Need:
- 3-3/4" barrette
- Craft wire
- 1-1/3 yards ribbon, 1-1/2" wide
- 6 crayons
- Wire snippers
- Glue gun
How to Make a Looped Barrette:
Step 1: Open the barrette and remove the spring by pulling at the center. Set the spring aside. Slip craft wire through the hole in the end of the barrette and twist to secure. Wrap wire around the barrette several times.
Step 2: Pinch the ribbon approximately 3" from end. Place on the barrette at the wired end, and wrap the wire around the ribbon and barrette several times to secure.
Step 3: Pull up about 3" of ribbon and make a loop about 1-1/2" tall. Pinch ribbon, and wrap the wire around the ribbon and barrette several times to secure.
Step 4: Continue making loops and securing them to the barrette with wire. You should be able to make approximately 12 loops and still have enough to leave a 3-inch tail of ribbon at the end of the barrette.
Step 5: Slip wire through the hole at the end of the barrette and twist to secure. Trim wire end. Trim ribbon ends evenly and at a 45 degree angle. Replace the spring in the barrette.
Step 6: Cut crayons in half and glue the cut end to the barrette at random between loops of ribbon.
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