DIY: GLITTER STAR CLIP
Finally, a new DIY! This one was inspired by the fact that I almost spent $18 on a single hair clip at Anthropologie. I quickly came to my senses and realized that I could probably make not one, but a bunch of hair barrettes for the same price. Read on to learn how to do it, it's cinchy!
(leather remnants (which you can find at the craftstore. I got mine at Michael's) , glitter (I used gold), scissors, flat hair clips (from CVS), a fine point Sharpie, super glue, a paint brush, ModPodge (I bet regular elmer's glue would work too, though), a small container to work in, and tape)
Step 1: Grab a leather scrap and trace a star onto the rawhide side. I fished out a thicker piece from the bag (the scrap bag will have a variety of leather thicknesses for you to choose from) for a sturdier star but I'd like to try using thinner leather for next time. Also, as you can see I'm incapable of drawing a perfect star but that's okay! I think the imperfect shape looks better as a final result ;-)
Step 2: Grab your scissors and cut out the stars you drew. Not gonna lie, part of the reason why I want to use thinner leather for next time is that it was difficult to cut the stars out of the piece of thick leather. Obviously, I survived so don't let that deter you!
Step 3: Flip your stars over and brush the rawhide side with ModPodge. The reason I did this was because I was concerned about the rawhide shedding/ deteriorating so I thought that putting a protective coat of ModPodge couldn't hurt (you can also see how off I was with my star shape to scissor cut ratio. Ayayay!!)
Step 4: Take your container (mine is an old takeout lid) and sprinkle your glitter inside. I sort of messed up and put glue inside the container (that's why it looks kinda chunky) but that didn't really matter. Then paint the non rawhide side of your star with ModPodge and press that side into the glitter.
Step 5: Take the stars out and wait for the glue to dry a little (a few minutes). Then, repaint with ModPodge and dip again. You want to firmly press the star into the glitter to make sure the surface is entirely covered. Keep repeating this step until you are satisfied with the glitter's opacity (not pictured: Rogue sparkles everywhere? Get a piece of tape and lift the glitter with it)
Step 6: Whip out the super glue and your clips. Apply a thin layer of super glue to wherever you want your stars to be. I did both a single star placement at the end and a double star. (TIP: It's imported to get clips that are wide and flat because it gives you more surface area to stick your stars on)
The double star!
Tada! There you have it, glitter star clips that anyone can make. And I mean anyone (you saw all the misadventures I had to go through to make these! Proof positive that you don't have to be the world's best crafter to make stuff ;-) Final notes: I would wait overnight for all the glues to thoroughly dry before you wear the clip. Follow my advice because I learned the hard way by being overeager and wearing my clip that night which resulted in me getting super glue in my hair. Fun timez.