Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tutorial Time: 3-D Ribbon Christmas Tree Hair Clips

Now that December is here, I'm ready to celebrate the holiday season with a month of fun & festive projects.  Today I'm kicking it off with this little tutorial: Ribbon Christmas Tree Hair Clips.

Using just a few basic supplies, you can create this cute ribbon tree that is an adorable addition for hairstyles or can be glued to a brooch pin instead to become a wearable piece of jewelry.

I'd seen pics of these around for sale, but couldn't find any actual tutorials, so I decided to figure it out on my own & share how I made them.

- Spool of each: red and green 3/8inch wide grosgrain ribbon
- 3/8 inch wide brown grosgrain ribbon (9 inches=2 clips)
- Plastic star beads
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Hair clips
- Optional: lighter for sealing cut ribbon edges

I started by cutting ten 2 1/2 inch strips from my red and my green ribbons for each tree.  I ran a lighter along the cut edges of each strip to prevent fraying.  I chose a green ribbon with dots to give the looks of tiny ornaments for my trees:

I started by putting a dab of glue onto the back side of either end of my green ribbon strips and attaching a red strip.  Then I made a little loop and glued those ends together.  I repeated for all the strip pairs.

Next I layered a few loops at the tops, on a slight angle, and glued them together, 4 in one bunch, 3 in the next, then 2, leaving 1 loop alone:

Then I glued the layers together to create my little trees:

I had these little plastic stars in my bead stash that were the perfect size for the tree toppers, but unfortunately they were clear:

so I grabbed some silver acrylic paint I had knocking about and gave them a little makeover and when they were dry I glued them to the tops of my trees.

For the clips, I cut a piece of brown grosgrain 4 1/2 inches long, sealed the ends.  To wrap the clip, I put a line of glue along an inch and opened the clip and stuck it to the underside of the clip's top half (I missed taking a pic of this bit, so this is a substitute of how to get started that used some red ribbon):

Then I added some glue to the top, end and around the base to wrap the ribbon all the way around. 

The brown gives the perfect tree trunk base:

Then I added some glue to the top of the clip and attached the ribbon tree:

And these sweet trees were ready to wear!  Fun to make & a thrifty holiday accessory too:)

I've got more ribbon-related hair goodies coming up this month, 
so stay tuned!


  1. I just wanted to give you a headsup, Your post is being Featured on #OMHGFF this week and Pinned!!
    Hope you have a great day!

    1. Thanks so much Karren. I've got your button on my Featured On page:)

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    1. Thanks - glad you like it! I've got some new DIY hair goodies coming up later this month!


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