You don't need to dress like a clown to wear this cute balloon barrette.

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Balloon Barrette

A balloon barrette is sure to be a favorite for years to come. The colors are a vibrant, visual treat, and the balloons certainly create a festive mood. And best of all, it's so easy to make -- just balloons and a barrette -- you might want to make a collection of them.

It's a perfect barrette to wear to a party -- in fact, it makes a great party favor, too -- but it looks so great, you'll also want to wear it every day, even when you're just "clowning around."

What You'll Need:

  • 25 small balloons, various colors
  • 2-3/4 inch barrette

How to Make a Balloon Barrette:

Alternate the direction of the balloons.

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Step 1: Take four balloons of different colors and group them together, alternating their direction.

Wrap a fifth balloon around the group of balloons.

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Step 2: Open the barrette clip and remove spring by pulling at center. Place the group of balloons on top of the barrette and wrap a fifth balloon around them at a slight angle.

Tie a knot in that fifth balloon.

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Step 3: Tie a knot in the fifth balloon to secure the group to the barrette.

Continue adding balloons in the manner described below.

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Step 4: Continue adding groups of balloons along the length of the barrette in this way. Five groupings should be enough to cover the barrette. Adjust the balloons as needed for a balanced look. Replace the spring in the barrette.

A barrette topper gives you a "platform" to create any number of designs for a hair accessory. Find out more about it on the next page.

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