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How to Make Beaded Hair Barrettes

Ruffle Ribbon with Side Rolls

This beaded barrette creation is perfect for special occasions.
This beaded barrette creation is perfect for special occasions.

Want to learn how to make beaded hair barrettes to wear during those special holidays? Try this ruffle ribbon with side rolls! The ruffle ribbon is set off beautifully by a beaded pattern.

The ribbon can stand on its own, but adding something can give it a formal look to coordinate with a special outfit. The side rolls hairdo is just the icing on the cake.


What You'll Need:

1 yard ribbon, 2-1/2" wide

16" craft wire

44 pearl beads

20 plated beads

2-3/4" barrette

Note: The stitch size is an important part of getting the ribbon to gather properly. On thick ribbons, they should be 1/2" apart; on thinner, more delicate material, they should be 1/4" apart.

Tip: Fold the ribbon in half before you sew to put a faint crease in it; follow the crease as you sew to keep the stitches in a straight line.

Step 1: Secure the thread at one end of the ribbon in the center using a double stitch. The thread should be doubled and knotted at the end.

Step 2: Neatly sew a running stitch down the center of the ribbon to the other end. The stitches should be approximately 1/2" apart.

Step 3: Hold the ribbon in one hand and the thread ends in the other. Carefully pull the thread in one direction and push the ribbon in the other to create the ruffle. When the ruffle is the desired length, tie or sew the thread ends securely in place. Trim any excess thread.

Step 4: Bend the craft wire in half and twist the wire together a few times at the end with the bend.

Step 5: Thread half the beads on one side of the wire and half the beads on the other side of the wire in an alternating pattern as shown -- two pearl beads followed by one plated bead.

Step 6: Twist the wire at every other group of pearl beads to create a pattern as shown. Do not twist the last group at either end of the wire.

Step 7: Place the beaded wire lengthwise across the top of the ruffle. Bring the ends of the wire around the back of the ruffle and twist them together securely. Trim any excess wire.

Step 8: Glue the barrette to the back of the ruffle.

How to Create Side Rolls:

Step 1: Pick up a section of hair from the hairline near the temple and hold it in your right hand palm up. Twist the hair by turning your hand palm down.

Step 2: Transfer the twisted section of hair to your left hand and hold it securely. Pick up a new section of hair in your right hand as shown. Add this to the hair in your left hand and give the whole thing a twist.

Step 3: Continue back along the hairline, adding new sections of hair and twisting, until you reach the nape of the neck. Pin the hair securely with a hairpin.

Step 4: Repeat on the other side of the head. Join the two twisted sections at the nape with a covered band. Insert the ponytail styler behind the band, loop end up.

Step 5: Pull the ponytail up through the loop.

Step 6: Gently holding the ponytail, pull the ponytail styler down so that the ponytail is pulled through behind the covered band. Hair flips over and drops down.

Continue to the next page to learn how to create a stacked bow with four-strand round braids.

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