Browse the hair accessory aisle of a local drugstore or discount retailer and you will not find many unique hair clips. They are all about the same, and even though they are not impressive, they can be quite pricey. Forget about buying plastic barrettes that are sure to break or outdated metal bobby pins with embellishments that are almost too small to see. Try four creative ways to make hair clips with big paperclips. Not only are homemade beauty accessories unique, but they also outlast costly store-bought options that look incredibly cheap and cost more than they are worth.
Begin with a Coat of Nail Enamel
The best paint to use on big paperclips is available in a multitude of colors, and it can be found in the beauty supply section of just about any store. Instead of using spray paint and limiting yourself to just a few options, use nail enamel. It comes in countless shades. Slide a toothpick in between each clip to keep the adjoining wires from becoming stuck together while painting. Remove the toothpicks after the polish has fully dried, and carefully touch it up where necessary. You can create homemade solid-colored or glittered hair clips in every hue imaginable when using nail enamel. They can be easily touched up if the color ever chips or wears away. Wear the clips as they are or add one or more of the following embellishments.
Attach a Flat Decorative Button
Consider finishing your homemade hair clips with flat decorative buttons. Although they have holes, they are fantastic enhancements. Search local craft stores or online shops for unique options. Attach a single button or a row of buttons in graduating sizes using J-B Weld or a similar product. You can create countless color and design combinations to match any clothing ensemble.
Attach Faux Gems
If you want something flashy, attach faux gems instead of beads when creating homemade hair clips with big paperclips. Swarovski crystals are especially gorgeous. Attach three or four crystals or gems to the curved end using Aleene’s 7800 Adhesive. Big paperclips are cheap and simple, but when painted with nail enamel and embellished with faux gems, they will look expensive and absolutely amazing.
Line it with Beautiful Glass Beads
Glass beads are great for creating far more than homemade jewelry. They can be used to decorate paperclips that have been transformed into hair clips. Use a wooden toothpick to apply a small amount of Aleene’s 7800 Adhesive to three or four big beautiful glass beads of your choice, and apply them to the outermost curve. Sometimes the simplest creations are ultimately the most impressive of all.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience