How to Make Girls' Hair Barrettes


Barrette Topper
Barrette toppers give you the platform to create a variety of different barrettes.
Barrette toppers give you the platform to create a variety of different barrettes.
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Barrette toppers make a nice, broad platform for most anything you want to put on them -- candy, painted squiggles, drawings, sequins, beads, charms, or just a fabric with an interesting pattern. Try using alternating colors of paint to create a pattern that looks complex.

Do you like fish? How about unicorns? Are you more of a bird person? Glue some on! Your barrette topper lets you go wild -- or keep it mild. Make yourself a pair of toppers and use them to pull your hair back at the sides.

What You'll Need:

  • Medium-weight non-stretch fabric, 2-3/8" × 4-1/4"
  • Lightweight quilt batting, 1-3/8" × 3-1/4"
  • Lightweight cardboard, 1-3/8" × 3-1/4"
  • 2-3/4" barrette
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

How to Make a Barrette Topper:

Trim your materials so they have rounded edges.
Trim your materials so they have rounded edges.
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Step 1: Trim the corners of the fabric, batting, and cardboard to make them rounded.

Glue the batting and cardboard together.
Glue the batting and cardboard together.
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Step 2: Glue the batting on top of the cardboard.

Glue the batting and cardboard to the fabric.
Glue the batting and cardboard to the fabric.
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Step 3: Lay the cardboard and batting on top of the fabric, making sure they are centered; the cardboard and the wrong side of the fabric should be facing you. Apply a drop of glue to each corner of the cardboard and fold each corner of the fabric over so that they are glued together.

Fold over the four edges and glue them down.
Fold over the four edges and glue them down.
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Step 4: Apply glue to the four edges of the cardboard and fold the four edges of the fabric over so that they are glued together.

Glue the barrette to the cardboard.
Glue the barrette to the cardboard.
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Step 5: Glue the top of the barrette to center of the cardboard.

A little ribbon, a little glue -- you might be surprised at how glamorous a barrette you can make with these simple items. Find out how on the next page.

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