Friday, July 10, 2009

Finally, a DIY Project (and a Giveaway)

For a supposedly DIY bride I haven't posted many (OK, any) DIY projects. Until now! I finally gave all my ww their gifts and can show you the process. I made each girl a flower hair pin as well as a pair for myself which I'll show you at a later date.

Bridal Hair Pins

Supplies:

  • Fabric Flower (can be found at any craft supply store like Michaels)
  • 3-5 Beads/flower (make sure the hole is large enough for the needle to fit through)
  • Thread and needle
  • Bobby Pin


Instructions:

  • Start by taking apart the flowers. There might be little plastic parts in between the petals so take these out too until you have only the fabric (discard plastic pieces, leaves and stem). Each flower can make a couple of hair pins depending on how many petals you prefer.
  • Layer the petals on top of one another starting with the largest and ending with the smallest. You want to make sure that the petals of each part are not perfectly aligned with the petal underneath or above it. This makes it look more natural.
  • Thread your needle. Make a couple of preliminary stitches just to keep the flower together. I stitched the center hole closed and it didn't look perfect. That's OK.
  • Thread the first bead onto the center of the flower. Make a couple of stitches through this bead so that it is secure. Repeat until the remaining beads are sewn onto the flower.
  • With your thread sewn through the back of the flower, line up your bobby pin with the long side out. Make a lot of stitches around the short side of the bobby pin (the one closest to the flower) making sure that the stitches do not show on the front of the flower until you feel like the bobby pin is secure. Tie off the end a couple of times.

And that's it!

You can also add fabric, feathers, etc. to the back of the flower before you sew on the bobby pin. I'm adding chicken feathers to mine and maybe some tulle.


So I couldn't decide on the color I wanted and I made a few red flower pins that I won't use. I would love for one of you guys to get some use out of them so I'm giving away two red flower hair pins here. Just leave a comment and I'll randomly pick a winner next week!

4 comments:

{The Perfect Palette} said...

fun project.

merium said...

I love to wear flowers in my hair!

Southern*Chic said...

how cute! these would be great for bridesmaids.

Southern*Chic said...

how cute - these would be great for bridesmaids!