Welcome back! Well, my hubby is off to his brother’s wedding in Seattle, leaving me with a sick toddler and doctor ordered “bed-rest”. Of course. Not his fault though, just one of those things, but I am feeling much more positive after putting my son down for his nap and getting my hands on some feathers for this next tutorial.
Today I will be showing you how to make a vintage inspired feather hair clip for under $5. If you have gone shopping, picked up a magazine, or turned on the TV in the past several months you may have noticed this trend of feathers in fashion. You may have also noticed the steep prices of some of these feathered accessories (remember I’m cheap, so even $15 seems like a lot to me). As I mentioned in a previous post, I love vintage fashion and started making feathered and flowered accessories for myself (and several friends and family members who saw mine) almost 2 years ago after looking up “pin up hair and makeup” on google. (P.S. If you want to know how to do pin up hair and makeup check out my last few posts). Since then, I have made hundreds and have sold quite a few at craft fairs and such. But, I have a little secret, although I sold my accessories for a relatively low price (keep in mind, handmade is always better than mass produced so higher prices are to be expected), I really only spent about $3-$5 making each one. And sometimes even less than that due to my dollar store finds and thrift store shopping. Even my most “expensive” (if you want to call it that) custom piece only probably cost me around $10 to make. So, now that you know you can have an expensive looking accessory for less than $5 aren’t you excited to find out how to do it yourself?! Actually, I think you’ll be surprised at how EASY it is to make these and how little time it takes. Yet, without fail, I guarantee that they will always IMPRESS. So lets get started. Heres the breakdown:
- Cost: Between $3-$5 or so depending on what you already have on-hand.
- Supplies: Felt (about $0.32 a sheet at Walmart or your local hobby store.), Feathers (about $2.00 for a bag of multi-colored feathers at Walmart), Peacock Feather (I get mine when they go half off at Hobby Lobby, a pack of 3 is about $4 or $2 on sale), Alligator Clip (beauty supplies stores sell these for less than $3 for a bag of 20 or so; I find this is a better deal than to buy them at the craft store), Vintage Looking Earring (I get a lot of mine at the Dollar Store or at thrift stores where they will sometimes have bags of old earrings or jewelry you can re-purpose), Hot Glue Gun (and hot glue).
This hair clip took me only 15 minutes to throw together so you can see with all the extra supplies you can crank out several in a couple of hours and give them out to your friends (since they’re bound to have “feather envy” once they see yours). Alright then. Lets do this.
- First off you want to pick out what feathers you’d like to use for your clip. I usually base this decision on the type of earring that I’m using for my clip. In this case I chose really bright green feathers to match the bright green colors in my earring.
- Next cut out a round piece of felt (try to match the felt color to your feather colors to make it cohesive looking and “polished”), a little bigger than the size of a silver dollar. If you’re a real perfectionist you can trace a circle onto your felt and then cut. But I’m a “get-her-done” kinda girl so I just eye-ball it since it will be the backing and no one will be able to tell if its not perfect.
- With the same felt, cut a small rectangular piece to use later when you need to adhere the alligator clip to the back of your feather pad.
- Lay out your pieces so you see what you’re working with. I used 3 green fluffy feathers, and 1 peacock feather that I trimmed up a bit. Have fun with yours! Layer those feathers on anyway that seems appealing to you.
- Next, break the back off your earring. This earring was a clip on and pretty easy to manipulate with just my hands, but you may need some pliers to get the back off of yours.
- Now you just need to layer your feathers on your round piece of felt to create your feather pad. I usually start with the shortest feathers on either side of the pad and then layer the longer ones in toward the center to give your hair clip an oval shape. But you can fan them out, make them go all the way around, there is really no right or wrong way. So take your hot glue gun and put a thin line up the felt circle to and attach your first feather. Keep in mind, these are feathers folks, so less is more with the glue. If you get too much glue on there then your feather will become saturated and…not pretty.
- Continue this way until your base feathers have covered the felt. Try to hide as much of the glued parts as possible by layering feathers from the outsides inward.
- Next, run a small line of glue about 1/2 the way up the center of your feather pad and attach your “fancy feather” (in my case its going to be a peacock feather).
- Now you’re almost done! Put a pretty generous glob of hot glue at the base of your feather pad (but not TOO generous so where it seeps out around the edges of your earring). Now firmly press and hold your earring into place until the glue sets up a bit. Wait a minute or so before moving on to step 10.
- Once you feel like you can move your hair clip without the earring sliding off, flip your feather pad over and grab your alligator clip and little rectangular piece of felt.
- Pinch open the clip and slide the felt in between the prongs.
- Apply hot glue to one side of the felt while in between the prongs.
- Press the clip and felt (glue side down) to the back of your feather pad.
Feather Hair Clip Tips and Suggestions:
- Use buttons, beads, lace, ribbon, netting, scrap fabric, or anything else you can think of to create something fabulous!
- Instead of an alligator clip, attach a pin back and use it as a brooch on a cute sweater, blouse, dress, or jacket.
- Visit store sites like Anthropologie, ModCloth, and Etsy for inspiration.
Thats it! Hope you had fun!