Monday, October 10, 2016

How to Make Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Elastics

Today we're sharing instructions for making rolled ribbon rosette hair elastics. Fun little ponytail holders (or barrettes, pins, buckles...) are so easy to make and are a simple way to add a cute little extra to any outfit.  Like last week's hair bow how-to, you can make these in minutes with very  inexpensive supplies.  Hair elastics often break or go missing, so it's nice to be able to create something cute that doesn't take a lot of money or effort.

  • Cut your ribbon to length.  You can also work from the spool, if you prefer.  The length needed depends on how big you would like your final roses to be.  The wider/thicker your strip, the larger the petals will seem in the finished flower, and your rose will "fatten up" faster.  Very thin fabrics or ribbons, like chiffon, take a much longer length to achieve the same size flower as a nice sturdy cotton fabric or a thick satin ribbon.
  • Tie a knot at one end of the strip. Tip: If you are using a fray-prone ribbon, you can carefully seal with a lighter or use fray check to reduce fraying whilst assembling, if you wish.
  • Twist/fold the strip away from you, and then wrap/roll it around the center. This is what creates the illusion of petals as you build the rose. The tighter the twist, the flatter the flower, the tighter the roll, the tighter the rosebud. All to personal taste!  
  • Repeat the twist-and-roll motion, periodically securing as you go.  I use a little dab of low-temp hot glue hidden behind the roll, but you can stitch if you prefer.  If using glue, watch your fingers as low-temp is still hot!
  • When you are near the end of the strip (or have reached your target size), fold the ribbon towards the bottom of the rose and secure it in place. Trim the ends if/as needed and seal as noted in the tip above to prevent fraying, if you wish.
If this is a new crafting technique for you, I recommend practicing this twist-roll motion a few times with a scrap length of fabric or ribbon to get the feel for the motion, restarting if/as needed.  It can be a little confusing at first, but suddenly it starts to feel second nature and the rose starts to take shape.  Once you're comfortable, THEN start making your flowers in earnest, securing as you go.

  • Cut a small felt circle sized just smaller than the bottom of your rose in a complimentary colour. 
  • Optional: Cut a small leaf (or several) from a complimentary shade of green felt (embellish with embroidery if you wish).
  • Sew your hair elastic securely to the felt circle.  
  • Glue (or sew) the circle to the bottom of the rose, taking care to ensure that your ends are fully covered and that any optional leaves are secured first so that they too are neatly tucked in under the finished circle.
If you'd prefer a different hair accessory style or a mix-and-match variety, you can also glue your rosettes onto a plain barrette, sew/glue a whole series in complementary colours and varying sizes onto a bigger hair buckle or headband, or get creative with whatever works for you. 

Christmas is coming and now's the perfect time to get a head-start on your holiday pressies. We'll be giving you a peek at some of my own holiday DIYs over the next few weeks. I have a few more custom kid's crafts prepped for posting and some fun crafts for other ages on your holiday list as well. Stay tuned and happy crafting! 

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