Simple Flower Hair Clips

Today I bring you a super simple tutorial for making adorable flower hair clips! I shared this originally as a guest post at Happy Hour Projects, but in case you missed it there I’m sharing it here too. 🙂

Flower Hair Clip

The coolest thing about these flower hair clips (besides being quick and easy to make) is that you can make them in any color or size! Usually I like smaller, more subtle hair accessories, but now that my hair is short I’m kinda having fun with this super large purple-y guy!

You only need a couple of things to make these flowers:

  • decorative flower petals, some solid and some “gauzy” (in the Wedding section of most craft stores  you can usually find one box that contains both types)
  • beads
  • needle and thread
  • glue (tacky glue or fabric glue works great)
  • felt or other fabric for backing
  • bobby pins

Flower Hair Clip

(I forgot to take a “supplies” photo before making the purple flower, so I took this one before making a second flower with green petals. Pay no attention to the green petals in this photo!)

The finished size of your flower hair clip depends on how many layers of colored flower petals you add. The one in the picture above is about 4″ and has three layers of petals; the other size I made has only two layers and turned out to be just under 3″ when finished.

No matter what size flower you want, you’ll start the same way.

Take 5 flower petals and lay them one on top of another in a circle. You can make your flower bigger by layering the petals loosely, or make it smaller by tightening them up a bit. You can glue the petals to each other, but I found they needed a little extra security, so I added a few stitches as well. (The thread color doesn’t matter at all; it won’t show.)

Flower Hair Clip

This will be the bottom layer of your flower clip and you will add layers of petals on top. If you want your flower to be bigger, just glue or sew another layer of petals underneath this base. You have to start with this layer as a base so that the petals all meet in the middle, but you can add more underneath if you want your finished clip to be bigger.

Next, cut five flower petals down to a smaller size for the inner layer. You can toss the u-shaped piece; you only need the smaller petal bit.

Flower Hair Clip

Layer the five smaller petals on top of the first layer you made, and glue or sew them down.

Flower Hair Clip

Flower Hair Clip

Cut a small circle out of one of the extra petals to cover up the center of the flower.

Flower Hair Clip

Glue the circle down. Then cut another circle and five tiny petals out of the shimmery, gauzy petals. Put down the circle, then layer the petals in a final layer right on top and sew them down. (Don’t use glue for this layer because it will be visible when you’re done.)

Flower Hair Clip

Take a few small beads and sew them on in the center of your flower, and the flower part is done! Now all you have to do is attach the hair clip part.

Flower Hair Clip

Cut a circle out of a piece of felt (it doesn’t have to match, the circle won’t be visible). Slip a bobby pin over the circle.

Flower Hair Clip

Add a bit of glue to the back of the felt and bobby pin and attach them to the back of your flower.

Flower Hair Clip

Let the glue dry for a bit and you’re done!

Flower Hair Clip

I loved them so much I ended up making four of them!

Practically Functional: Flower Hair Clips

Practically Functional: Flower Hair Clip

These petals come in about 10 different colors at Michael’s, so you have lots of options for colors. And you could alternate between two or three colors if you want to mix it up a bit. If you don’t want to use beads in the center, just tack on a spare button. You have tons of options for customizing these!

What do you think, do you ever wear big fun clips in your hair? They’d be adorable on little girls too. 🙂 I made some fun fabric flower hair clips with buttons earlier, and I can’t really decide which style I like better. These are fun and outgoing and the other ones are cute and subtle. Luckily it’s easy to switch out hair clips depending on my mood!


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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. @Malina says

    11 years ago

    Those are really sweet! Thanks for the great idea, I’ll be linking.

  2. Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says

    11 years ago

    Adorable. Love how easy they are to make.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Artsy Corner. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with 🙂

  3. Rachel says

    11 years ago

    I have short hair too–and I love wearing flower clips like this! It adds a little girliness factor that I couldn’t achieve with fancy braids and updos since I don’t have enough hair!

  4. Yona says

    11 years ago

    Oh cute! Gotta pin this for later. Thanks for sharing – so many possibilities.

    I’m stopping by from Katherine’s Corner blog hop.

    Happy Favorite Things Thursday!

  5. Lisa says

    11 years ago

    These are super cute – Will have to make some for some little girls I know – and me too I think!

  6. PJ says

    11 years ago

    I adore flowers in my hair, but I always get annoyed by them and end up taking them out 1/2 way through the day. I’m hair bipolar!

  7. Carol ( Answer Is Chocolate) says

    11 years ago

    I found you via the CreateCraftLove bloghop and now following via RSS. Cute clips! I have a link party on Fridays if you’d eve like to link up.

  8. Laurie @ Simply Creating Home says

    11 years ago

    So pretty! I’ve been making flower for headbands and rubber bands the past few weeks, too. They’re so much fun, aren’t they? And I love your deep color of purple, too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flower hair clips!

  9. Katie says

    11 years ago

    Oh, my sister makes similar ones using scraps of fabric (that polyester-fake-silk stuff mostly) instead of the petals. She sort of rolls them up so they’re sort of more 3-D than these ones. But using the flower petals would save the cutting-and-rolling steps.

    She has long white-blond hair (though I think she’s dyed it red at the moment) and can really rock these HUGE vibrantly colored flowers. She made me one and helped me make another but I rarely wear them because they’re so ostentatious (though awesome). I think I’ll have to try your button flower tutorial sometime–I think I would get more use out of the smaller flower. ^_^

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