I just got the new Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia Sizzix die and it’s not a surprise that I LOVE it! I love anything Tim but his Tattered (anything) dies are personal favorites. Today I’m showing you how to make Flower Hair clips using Tim’s new Poinsettia die. Get your high pony ready for some serious holiday flair!
I’ve made many paper flower hair clips in the past but wanted to try something new this time. New die = New materials. My Poinsettia hair clips are made of embossed Ranger Foil tape and embossed fabric.
Come along and I’ll show you how it’s done!
Inking and Embossing Foil Flower Petals
To create my foil flowers I used Alcohol inks on Ranger Foil Tape and adhered it to a clear plastic table cover. You can also use a clear shower curtain like I did on my foil fall leaves.
Here is the Combination of Alcohol inks I used for my flowers:
Sail Boat Blue | Cloudy Blue | Stonewashed | Stream *Two drops ONLY!
Next, you will need some Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folders and the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Poinsettia Die.
Remember to emboss FIRST, then die cut!
To remove the alcohol ink from the raised part of the embossed image, lightly sand with a Tim Holtz sanding grip.
Here’s a look at all the embossed petals using the Tim Holtz Alterations “Joy A2” set. Notice the icicles, pine cones, snowflakes, and holiday text. I’m loving this set!
Creating Fabric Flowers
I cut some petals from fabric to vary the colors and texture. Plus, I’ve always wanted to make fabric flowers but have never gotten around to it. I cut up an old bed sheet and applied Mod Podge “Stiffy” to prepare my flowers for embossing.
The techniques used to color my fabric can be found in Tim’s book Compendium of Curiosities vol. II. (page 64) These were great techniques and I can’t wait to try them again! To see more creative projects using this technique stop by Studio L3 and check out what everyone else is doing.
Once my fabric was colored I misted it with Perfect Pearls to blend the ink and add a touch of sparkle.
Curling and Shaping Petals
Before we start curling petals we need to pierce them through the center so we can wire them together later on. I often for get this step and wind up having to re-curl petals because of it…DON’T FORGET to PIERCE!
You can use anything you feel comfortable with for curling your petals. A pencil, paintbrush, stylus, chopstick…basically anything with a tapered end. My personal favorite is my pink chopstick!
Many of you have asked how I curl my petals. It isn’t easy to photograph my process and until I move on to video I’ll just have to explain it as best I can. My method for curling is this:
1. Curl petals Upward and over (from where they meet the center)
2. Curl petals Under (from the middle of petal)
3. Pinch the ends by rolling them over your curling tool.
Roll petals over curling tool like you are playing the “smallest violin in the world”…c’mon…you know the joke right?
When you are done your petals should look something like this. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again! There’s no right way to do this and you will perfect your own methods with trial and error
Wiring and Attaching
To wire and attach your flowers to Hair clips you will need:
-26 gauge floral wire
-Buttons or beads (for centers)
*I use the Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags Sizzix die to cut my felt….the fastener tab is the perfect size for attaching flowers to barrettes!
First cut two pieces of wire (approx 4in give or take) thread through buttons or beads and twist together. My hair clips are made with vintage buttons from my stash.
*Make sure you add a drop of adhesive (I like Beacon 3-in-1) to the back of your button/bead before threading on your first layer of petals.
Continue to add a drop of glue to the back of each flower layer before adding on the next.
*Don’t worry if some of your petals flatten a bit during this process you can re-fluff them at the end.
Once all of your petals are on curl the excess wire around the back or your flower and secure with a drop of E-6000. Wait 5 minutes for the glue to tack and add a small circle of felt over the wire.
Add a second drop of glue to the back of your felt. Wait another five-minutes for it to tack and press the end of a barrette into it.
*Make sure you have a raised surface for the opposite end of the barrette to rest on while the glue dries. I typically use a Sizzix die case or a Distress ink pad.
Glittering Flower Petals
If you like things that sparkle like I do you can give your Poinsettia some punch with Mod Podge and Martha Stewart Glitter!
Take a small paint brush and add Mod Podge to the edges of your petals.
Sprinkle Martha Stewart Glitter into a cup cake liner and dip the edges of your painted petals in it. This will give your poinsettia hair clips the look of freshly fallen snow.
These poinsettia hair clips make great gifts for friends, co-workers or female family members. Add some holiday flare to your ponytail by making one for yourself! Whenever I make flower hair clips as gifts I always make an extra for myself…there’s nothing better than being able to wear your art
Here are some links to products used to create these Poinsettia Hair Clips…
Here are some other ideas for creating flower hair clips with Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies and Ranger Products
Have a Happy Holiday Weekend everyone!
PS I apologize for my delayed response to some of your comments. I read each and every one and they make me smile every day. Thanks to all my lovely and sweet friends your comments keep me going and I will be in touch with you soon <3 !!