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How to Make Flower Power Barrettes - Cheap Chic from Candy - Demo and Printable Instructions

Updated on September 10, 2014

Barrettes made from candy and ribbon

Candy Barrettes
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What's required to make candy barrettes in a nutshell.

Time required: 5 to 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Cost: Under 50 cents per set depending on the ribbon selected.

Materials:

  • Plain barrette backs
  • Hot glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • Hard Candy
  • Spray on Acrylic
  • Dish not to be used again for food to hold the candies being sprayed.

Tools:

  • Hot glue gunScissors

This article will give detailed instructions for making the cutest, most affordable barrettes. Fast, simple and easy on the wallet, this craft project can easily be successfully completed by children or adults.

The trick to this is the acrylic. Spraying the hard candies ensures they will last and not rot or melt.

I have done this project with girls in classes hundreds of times and they always love it. Big surprise, sometimes the guys do too. Many liked to make the barrettes for their girlfriends, sisters and so on.

At pennies per set, everyone can enjoy while they learn and make multiple pairs if they wish.

Be it for the sheer joy of crafting or for a group activity at a party or perhaps even as a classroom craft, get the gals together and let them get their glam on. It's just so super simple!

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Safety first -

Things to supervise:

  1. The acrylic spray should be used outdoors.
  2. Always supervise when allowing children to use a glue gun until such time as you feel sure they will handle it safely.
  3. Be sure the children are old enough not to eat candies that have been acrylic coated.

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Getting ready for the project is easy.

Instructions:

1. Cover your work surface and get all of your tools and materials together. You don't need much, some barrette backs, a hot glue gun, scissors, ribbon, hard candy and some spray on acrylic. If doing this craft project with small children, be sure to spray the candies with acrylic and let dry before distributing. Remind everyone it is not for eating. You might want to have some extra that you don't spray for snacking.

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Seal all the candy before starting the barrettes.

2. Open the candy and place in a Tupperware container. Be sure all candies are flat and none overlap. Go outside and spray all candies. Let dry about five minutes and then flip candies and spray the other side.The acrylic is what allows these cute handmade barrettes to last. Without it, they would quickly melt into a sugary mess.

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Bring the ribbon on for the barrettes.

3. Cut ribbon in lengths one inch longer than your barrette backs. Center the ribbon and glue down allowing for one half inch overhang on each side. I used two for each barrette here because my ribbon was just a tad bit too narrow.

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Fold and cover on the ends for a great looking barrette.

4. Glue the overhang down on the back sides.

TIP - Using the handles of your scissors for pressing the ribbon onto the glue saves the fingers.

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The candy goes on top.

5. Once all glue is dry, about a minute, begin affixing the candy to the front of the barrette with hot glue.

Be generous with the glue here for the candies have some weight and you don't want them falling off later.

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Cut the ribbons to give it the train look.

6. Cut ribbons for the hang down train.

TIP - Cutting the ends of the ribbon on a diagonal gives a better look. To seal any ribbon that might want to fray, use a small paintbrush to apply Mod Podge just to the cut edge both front and back.

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Stack the ribbons and glue together before affixing to the barrette.

7. Once you get them layered and arranged as you want them, glue the ribbons together at the top.

It makes them easier to glue onto the barrette backing if you glue them all together first.

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Pay attention to which way the ribbon cluster is facing before you glue.

8. Glue the ribbon train to the inside of the barrette.

Be sure the right side will be facing outward before gluing.

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9. Trim up the ribbons on the bottom.

You could get curls here by running the scissor's edge over the ribbon while holding it firmly.

You could also include strands of rhinestones or beads in with the ribbons to get a little extra something.

Girls love barrettes and keeping little hands creative and busy is good for little girls.

Have some fun making something you can use.

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile image
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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you :).

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Excellent tutorial and really cute barrettes!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @georgepmoola2: Thank you :). It was fun and most homes have this type of candy around somewhere. It's an easy project girls will enjoy.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Great idea, clearly explained.