How to Make Beaded Hair Barrettes

Best-Yet Barrette

Kids will love these hot pink beaded creations.
Kids will love these hot pink beaded creations.

This best-yet barrette will brighten your day -- rain, sleet or snow! Learn how to make this beaded hair barrette in just four easy steps. Read on to get started.

What You'll Need:

Small (2 x 1/4-inch) barrette

Hot pink and blue embroidery floss

6 or 7 rocaille beads (4mm) in colors to match floss


Craft glue

Step 1: Cut an 18-inch piece of each color of embroidery floss.

Step 2: Open the clip. Smooth a layer of glue on the top and inside top of the barrette. Press about a 1/4-inch tail of floss into the glue at the inside of the barrette, and begin wrapping. As you wrap, alternate the colors and be sure the floss lies flat.

Step 3: As you wrap, thread the beads onto the floss so they are evenly spaced. (NOTE: If you stiffen the ends of the floss with glue and let them dry, the beads will be easier to thread on.) Alternate the color of beads.

Step 4: Finish wrapping along the length of the barrette, trim the excess floss, and secure the ends of the floss to the underside of the barrette with glue. (To make the purple and silver barrette, follow the same instructions to cover the barrette using purple floss. Then wrap the silver floss evenly over the purple floss.)

Sometimes the occasion calls for smooth and glamorous hair, just like a movie starlet! And what better way to ornament this style then with these beaded, flossed, baubled barrettes.

Step 1: Start with damp hair. Use a liquid texturizing lotion, which will give a medium hold, or a medium-hold gel. Distribute the gel through your hair with your fingers. Then comb through the hair.

Step 2: On the side you part your hair, take the end of the comb to make a large zigzag part. Bring the comb down, up, down, then up as you work back to the crown of your head. You are not trying to make a perfect zigzag part -- give your style character with an uneven part.

Step 3: Comb your hair away from both sides of the part.

Step 4: Blow-dry your hair with a large round brush to give your hair volume and body. Always keep the brush moving as you dry your hair. Dry hair in sections, beginning with one sections underneath and working up to the top of your head. Hold the hair out from your head before rolling it to give you the most volume.

Step 5: You can also run the brush and the hair dryer over the top surface of your hair to smooth the hair. Follow the brush with the air flow from the blow dryer out to the ends.

Step 6: Place the barrette to add a decorative touch to this style. Place another barrette beside the first for even more flair!

In the next section, best gal pals can create these beaded beauties -- together! Continue to the next page to learn how to create friends forever barrettes.

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