Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: It's Chic to Be Cheap {11}

"If you're a fly girl...get your hair did."

Who knew I'd be quoting Missy Elliot for this edition of Thrifty Thursday?!

Like many moms of little girls, I love fixing my kids' hair. I do not, however, love to spend lots of money on fixing their hair. I once spent six dollars on a clip-on bow half the size of my pinky finger, only to have a toddler Natalie rip it out in the car. I found it two years later.

Some time ago, my friend L introduced me to the online Boutique, Spoiled Rotten Girls, where they sell instructions on how to make your own hairbows. Unfortunately, all the pictures and words just confuse me, so I rely on L to occasionally just make them for me. It's a nice trade off... She reads my blog, she makes me some hair bows. A fair arrangement, I think.

When I saw this post by Ashley at Domestic Fashionista, I knew I had to give the hair bow thing another try.

First, I gathered some supplies. I have a small, cheap-o hot glue gun, some scissors, and some small alligator clips (I purchase mine at a local beauty supply store). The yellow flowers, like Ashley's, I bought at Michael's (or insert your own craft store name here) with a 40% off coupon. The little felt flowers were actually pins, and they were 50 cents at JoAnn Fabric.

L's tip is to line the inside of the alligator clips first with velvet ribbon. This comes in handy for a toddler's fine hair and makes it stay much better! I just dabbed some hot glue in there, and ta-da, it's lined!
After that, I ripped the metal pin off the back of the felt flower, hot glued it to the clip....drum roll, please....

Voila! CHEAP hair bow!!! I already had the glue, clip, and velvet ribbon. So-- a cutie-pie hair doodad for 50 cents...not bad. Please excuse her ghetto-frizzy's been a long morning.

Here's the other one in orange. A certain three year old was not a cooperative model. It's so hard to find good help these days.
I plan on doing the same thing with the yellow scrapbooking flowers. I could even wear one of those! I saw a bunch of similar hair accessories in Ulta last weekend...for lots more money!
Be creative, and have fun!

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  1. Ummm...what are you doing? Are you trying to put me out of business...

    Before business even picks up?

    J/K...I only make and sell these things because I know that some people would rather PAY than make them theirselves!

    But seriously (not really), quit convincing people they can do these things on their own!

  2. Brings back memories when I made alot of my girls clothes, hair decorations and doll clothes. Good idea for the velvet ribbon for certain hair types.


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