Married to the Empire

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Craft Week: Decoupaged Barrettes

If you have anyone in your life who wears barrettes, this is a pretty little project that can give them some original hair accessories.

Here are the materials you will need (not pictured are a pencil and a paintbrush--you'll need both):

Choose papers with an interesting pattern that is small enough to go on a barrette:

You'll need to make a template for cutting out your paper to fit the barrettes. I used cardstock and traced as best I could around the barrette. It's not easy, as it's rounded, but it doesn't have to be exact, as long as it's not too small.

Once you have a template, place it on top of your paper and trace around it.

Cut out your paper, then paint some Mod Podge onto the barrette.

Press the paper onto the Mod Podged barrette and really press it on to make sure it's glued and without bubbles or wrinkles.

Let that dry, then come back and cut off any excess paper from around the edges with an exacto knife. This is where it's really important for the glue and paper to be dry. If it's still a little wet, the paper might tear, and you'll have to start over. Admittedly, this part is tedious, but necessary.

Once the paper is cut and properly fitted to the barrette, you're ready for the easy part: brushing Mod Podge on the top of it to seal it. I've been doing 3 coats. Be sure to let each coat dry before adding another.

The finished barrettes:

For a more polished presentation, you can cut some black cardstock, cut slits in it, then slide the barrettes into the slits.


Katherine said...

Adorable, Annie! Love them! I'm so excited about craft week. :)

Cassie said...

What a cute idea! I'm totally making these for my friend who is obsessed with hair clips. :)

Anonymous said...

Very Cute Idea! Did you get the hair clips at the craft store?


Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Erin, yes I bought the barrettes at Hobby Lobby. They're in the jewelry section.

Becky said...

Super cute!!!

Meredith said...

Anne Marie, I love these! I see someone already asked the same question. I recently "discovered" Hobby Lobby myself (and almost wish I hadn't!)

Thirsty said...

a. I was much more impressed by this project than I expected to be. How cool.

b. This post needs a final picture of the barrettes actually in someone's hair . . . yours, maybe?