How to make ribbon lined alligator clips
Cute clips for your little one
I have two girls, and they were both born with a considerable amount of hair. I would buy generic looking hair clips at my local Target because I refused to pay an arm and a leg for hair accessories found at children's boutiques or at department stores. I got bored one day and started looking into making my own hair clips. Remember I'm a DIY gal and love to tackle on any project! I realized that all the materials I needed were already items I owned, so I just went ahead and made a few and it became quite addicting.
I’ve made them as birthday gifts, baby shower gifts, and have even sold some for profit. The basic hair clip that can be made is a ribbon lined hair alligator clip. Normally these hair clips are made with grosgrain ribbon found at any local craft store like Michaels or Joanns. I like to use Japanese trim ribbon which is much more ornate and looks more like a designer hair clip than something handmade. Read on if you would like to start making your own, fully customizable hair clips.
Gather all of your materials
- Glue Gun
- 1 3/4 Grosgrain ribbon (I used Japanese trim ribbon which can be found on Etsy)
- Alligator Clip (Find at any beauty supply store)
Cut a 6.5″ piece of grosgrain ribbon. (In this tutorial, I’m using Japanese trim that’s the same width of 1 3/4)
Heat the ends of the ribbon with your lighter. This is optional, but I strongly suggest you do this if you want a cleaner and neat looking hair clip. Look at my pic below to understand what I’m talking about. When you cut ribbon, the ends tend to fray and will continue to fray unless they have been heat treated.
Open your clip with your left hand, and apply glue to the inside of the clip. It doesn’t matter if you start with the top or the bottom part.
Close the clip and now glue the part where you will wrap the ribbon around. Once you apply your glue, I use a popsicle stick or something sturdy (this time around, I just had a piece of cardstock) and I smooth out the glue so it’s not lumpy. This is completely optional. Grosgrain is not very forgiving and you’ll see every bump there is! If you’re going to attach an embellishment on top of the clip, then it shouldn’t matter since you won’t even see it.
Wrap the ribbon around the clamp part. Not too tight and not too loose. No gluing is involved with this step.
Apply glue to the next piece of the clip.
**Tip: If you’re working with the double prong clip, make sure you glue only the prongs and not the inside part of the ribbon. There is spacing between the two prongs, so you don’t want to accidentally glue the inside!
Open the hair clip, and apply glue to the remaining inside strip. Attach ribbon.
Voila! You're Done!
These clips are meant to be no slip hair clips. They will work well on any child with fine to medium hair thickness.