Hair Clip Class: How to Cover Your Clip

It is not strictly necessary to cover your clip, but I do it every time because A) I think it looks nicer and B) I jab Elizabeth in the skull with the pointy clip by accident if I don’t cover it. She prefers not to be jabbed in the skull when I can avoid it.

Step one: Plug in your hot glue gun.  They take a while to warm up and you will be annoyed in four minutes if you don’t do this first.

Step two: Measure your ribbon.  I need a smidge under seven inches of ribbon to cover a clip.  Start with that and see if you do too.  It depends a little.  One of my bow making friends covers the exact same clips I do and she needs a little more ribbon. I have no idea why.  Personal style, apparently, and how tight we pull the ribbon.

Step three: Heat seal both ends of the ribbon.  I’d have a better picture of this, but today’s bow making club was canceled due to croup (not our household’s croup) so I did this solo.  And you need one hand to hold the lighter, one to hold the ribbon, and one to hold the camera.  So to heat seal, you just gently and quickly touch the ends of the ribbon to a flame.  Ideally, they won’t catch on fire.  (If they do, blow it out.)  Grosgrain ribbon almost never catches on fire, fancier stuff sometimes is much more flammable.  As you touch the ribbon to the flame, you’ll see the edges melt just a little bit.  One touch and move it away.  Or it will catch on fire, no matter what kind of ribbon you use.

Step four: I cover my clips in a six step process.  I start by putting a drop of glue on the top end of the clip and attaching the ribbon there.  Then I cover the top, then the inside top, then the inside bottom, then the bottom, and then the bottom end.  When you cover the top, the glue will squeeze through to the middle, so make sure you immediately open the clip and hold it open for a minute or you will glue your clip shut.

See, holding it open to keep from gluing it shut.

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so I hope that made sense.  Basically, you want to use your hot glue to cover every bit of the metal of the clip in an in-and-out kind of pattern so that the clip still functions the same.

Now, this will end up being step one of all future lessons (actually, most of the time I do it last, but whatever), but you can certainly use the clips covered exactly like this for hair.  In fact, I think these simple ones look really nice on small babies and little girls with barely any hair.  (I am a huge fan of keeping hair bows proportional to the size of the head.)

It really helps if you brush the hair first.

Any questions?  Comments?  I’m trying to decide what we should make next.  Probably Saint Patrick’s Day clips, I think, right?