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How to Make Peace Sign Barrettes - Up-cycle Crafting Project for Young Girls

Updated on September 25, 2014

The essentials for this project

Time required: 20 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Less than $1.50 per barrette made


  • Shower Ring
  • Gift wrapping ribbon
  • Flower shaped cut outs or stickers
  • Mod Podge or white glue
  • Hot glue
  • Barrette back
  • Two craft sticks


  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

Spring colors rule. The pastels of the Easter holiday and the brightness of everything after a long drab winter makes me smile. This sort of Robin's egg blue in the peace sign barrette here seemed just the spring time trick to me.

I wanted to do some scrap busting. To be totally honest, space is at an all time premium. What's more springy than removing some clutter through scrap busting? Kind of like spring cleaning for the crafty gals.

I came up with this peace sign barrette when trying to figure out what to do with a bunch of old shower curtain rings I had. I didn't want to throw them away because the cheap plastic will never degrade. It's a case of up-cycle or hurt the planet.

Other than the old shower ring, the barrette is made from left over flower shapes, cheap gift wrap ribbon and two crafting sticks.

Amazingly simple to make, this would be a good project for young girls.

I've had classes do many a wrapped barrette, which is basically what this is. But, I have never had them do a peace sign from a three dimensional ring. Three dimensional shapes are harder to work with than flat shapes.

Be it for a class project for Easter, just a fun spring time project for the gals or even an Earth Day project to promote peace, give a whirl.

Modifications for the littlest ones -

For the youngest girls, this project could easily be adapted by using a simple peace sign shaped cut out of cardboard or card stock. White glue or Mod Podge could be used instead of a hot glue gun.

Peace sign barrette craft for kids

An old shower ring, some ribbon, paper, glue, it really doesn't take much.
An old shower ring, some ribbon, paper, glue, it really doesn't take much. | Source

Step one is to get everything ready.

1. Cover the table or work surface you will be using, if its good furniture.

I used a plain white piece of shower board because it's really easy to clean and most things won't stick to it. You could use an old towel or sheet, newspaper or something similar.

Get all of your supplies together. I up-cycled an old shower ring, used some scrap flower shaped cut outs I had left over from a previous craft project, a barrette back and some gift wrapping ribbon.

Ribbon has so many uses. It can cover just about anything giving it new life

Just keep wrapping the shower ring until it is covered and glue it down at the end.
Just keep wrapping the shower ring until it is covered and glue it down at the end. | Source

Step two is to cover the base of the barrette peace sign

2. Wrap ribbon around the shower ring. Start by carefully gluing the end of a piece of cut ribbon to the shower ring where it connects to close the loop.

Watch out, the glue is hot! Once it dries, in less than a minute, hold it firmly and start wrapping. You will need to keep the ribbon pretty taught. Every several wraps, dot a drop of glue just to keep things tight.

When you're done, glue down the end.

Craft sticks make the bars in the peace sign on this barrette

You're going to need some hefty scissors to cut the craft sticks.
You're going to need some hefty scissors to cut the craft sticks. | Source

Step three building the inside parts of the peace sign

3. Use crafting sticks to make the peace sign shape. You will need two pieces.

Leave one just a hair longer than the diameter of the shower ring.

Cut the other in half to make the sides of the peace sign. You may need a grown up to do this step.

If you don't have craft sticks, you could use Popsicle sticks, tooth picks or even twigs.

The ring and bars of the peace sign before being put together


Step four is to get all the little parts uniform looking

4. Wrap each of your crafting sticks with ribbon, the whole and both halves of the cut piece.

Of course, you could just as easily paint them, cover them in glitter, wrap in yarn or even cover in stickers.

That's the beauty of making your own. Once you get the basic steps down, you can change things up at will.

Start with the middle bar on the peace sign


Step five puts all the little parts together

5. Glue the whole piece to the shower ring.

Hold it firmly for about thirty seconds to be sure it's good and set.

Be careful, the glue will burn you.

Add in the side bars on your peace sign barrette


Step six glues it all together and onto the ring.

6. Glue the halved pieces to the whole piece and the ring.

Spread your fingers to apply pressure to the entire assembly at once or it may slide on you.

Mod Podge is a crafty gal's best buddy


Step seven brings flowers to the peace sign

7. Affix the flowers to the peace sign shape with glue or Mod Podge.

I think stickers would be great for this, probably better than what I used but I wanted to do some scrap busting and already had the flower shapes.

In the beginning, they were a plain white paper napkin that was colored with magic marker then painted over with water and sealed. The shapes came from a simple punch.

Let it rain flowers for peace


Step eight allows you to cover any little boo boos with the flower shapes

8. Glue down or stick on as many shapes as you want. There's no limit to how you can mix and match things.

You might want to stay in the same color family... or, maybe not. It's really up to you.

Bring on a sea of ribbon


Step nine brings on the ribbons

9. Select your ribbons and cut them at various lengths.

I used the same wide blue ribbon I used to wrap the shower ring, a lighter, thinner, blue ribbon and a light, thin green ribbon.

Bind the ribbons for the train


Step ten gets all those little ribbons together to make the train for the peace sign barrette

10. Layer your ribbons gluing them one atop the other. You could use a stapler for this step and attach more ribbons at one time.

I started curling the ends here first and then decided since I was using more ribbons than I had originally intended it would be easier to glue them all together before curling.

Pull all the parts together


Step eleven connects the ribbon train to the peace sign and gives it some curls

11. When all of the ribbons are glued together, glue the cluster to the bottom back of the peace sign shape.

To curl the ribbon, hold it firmly against the blade of the scissors and carefully pull it across.

Cover up the ugly in the back


Step twelve covers up the backing

12. Cut a piece of ribbon a little longer than the barrette back.

Students often wanted to skip this step when making barrettes. Seriously, the pretty part is done and who wants to waste time now?

If the back is not covered, little bits of the silver will show through spoiling the look.

Everything is better with ribbon


Step thirteen covers and seals so the back will virtually dissappear

13. Glue the cut ribbon on top of the barrette back. Wait a minute to let it dry.

Flip it over and glue down the ribbon ends on the back. Trim off any excess ribbon.


How easy is this project?

5 stars for Peace sign barrette made from shower ring and ribbon

Step fourteen makes the last connection

14. Using three or four big drops of glue, affix the peace sign shape to the covered barrette back. Hold firmly in place for a minute to let dry.

This step can't be done with regular glue, if using the shower ring.

For the smaller kiddos not yet using a glue gun, have an adult do this step or get an old twisty tie and wrap it around the barrette back and peace sign shape.

Use cut outs or stickers over the top to cover the twisty tie.

One finished peace sign barrette


Give it a few seconds to dry well and set up before sporting your new peace sign barrette

15. Let it all dry a minute or two. Grab a cookie and check your messages.

Check it out. Done!

Do you like to make things? What are some of your favorite crafts to make?

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Arachnea: I would love to see the finished products. Thank you so much :). Wishing you best of luck on your upcycle project. I'm about to tackle an old cart, just not sure what I want to do with it yet other than something. :)

    • Arachnea profile image

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      I love upcycling. I have a few pair of BDU's I plan to make into a purse and the other into a skirt. The shirts on one will make a great apron. Great lens. Saw your post in grammieo's best of post in the forum.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Lynda Makara: Thank you :) Blessings and most happy squidding.

    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 

      4 years ago from California

      I'm sure girls would love this. Very creative.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you. I do too. I would love to scope out some of your decorations. When we moved recently, I gave up most of mine, downsizing and all. I'm looking forward to making new ones for this year.

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      4 years ago

      This is really cute. I do like to make things. My favorite craft is to make Christmas decorations.


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