Hair Flowers

Materials for your Hair Flowers

I love wearing a big hair garden, but I am rather particular with the colours and flowers I like to use. I haven’t been too keen on the flowers I’ve seen available for purchase, and the clips I saw on them didn’t look sturdy enough for my finicky hair. So very early on I decided to buy the silk flowers and clips, and make them myself.

What you will need:

  • silk flowers
  • some sturdy fabric (calico, canvas or the like)
  • some felt of an appropriate colour (I prefer green as it looks like leaves, you can use other colours that match your hair, or the flower itself)
  • aligator clips; you can find them as aligator clips, hair bows, or metal hair clips. I prefer the longer types at least 5.6cm
  • E6000 or another similar type of contact glue; you can use hot glue, but I find that with my body heat, items attached with a glue gun fall off, so I’ve stopped using it; YMMV
  • scissors; I use pinking shears to give the wavy look but you can use normal ones

First, make sure you are working in a well ventilated area, as we’ll be using contact glue that can give headaches and other undesireable side effects.

Cut some rectangles out of your felt, slightly smaller than the flowers’ diameter. You will trim these down so don’t worry about very specific measurements; as long as they are roughly smaller than the flowers, they will do.

felt squares
Felt rectangles

Spread your glue over the felt, generously so it covers the whole surface, but not that much that it saturates the felt.

Felt squares with glue
Felt Squares with glue layer

Grab a scrap (or several) of your strong fabric, and press the glue side of the felt squares onto it, so that one or more of the felt pieces are over one piece of strong fabric. This is to prevent the felt from stretching or tearing once you have the flowers on your head; it will make the clip sit better.

If you want, once these dries, you can add a second layer of felt on the calico, but this is not necessary.

Felt on strength layer
Felt pieces glued on strength fabric

Prepare the flowers, by chopping off the little bit of stem that protrudes on the back if necessary. This should leave you with an even surface (see photo below)

Silk flowers, back
Silk flowers, back

Once the glue on the felt+calico pieces has dried, grab the felt+calico pieces, and cut them as ovals, so they are smaller than the bottom of the flowers. Make two small cuts along the centre (see photo below)

Felt Ovals
Felt cut for attachment

Grab the hair clips, put them through the two cuts, so the two ends of the clips are on the felt side. Turn them over, and add a thin layer of E6000 over the calico, making sure there is some under the hair clip, and over it too.

Felt pieces with hair clips
Felt pieces with hair clips

Press the side with the glue layer over the bottom of the flower, making sure the felt follows the curved shape of it, and the hair clip also presses against it.

clip base with glue layer
Clip base with glue layer

Let it dry thoroughly, and if there’s any white showing on the upper side, you can trim it down, following the shape of the flower.
You are done.

Hair Flowers finished
Hair flowers finished

Upcoming Events

Here’s a list of events that we know so far will be happening during the year. I’ll add events as I find out about them.

Jan 25th, Christchurch: Tribal Taster with Akasha (Heike Humphreys); https://www.facebook.com/events/491237585106686/

Feb 2nd, Chichester: ATS® Workshop with me;
https://www.facebook.com/groups/651846228673416/

Feb 8th, Crawley: A Performance to Remember; https://www.facebook.com/events/495598434551547/

Feb 9th, Angmering: Orient Expressions; https://www.facebook.com/events/809559279550339/

Feb 29th, Southampton: Folkloric Fusion zills with Lisa Müeller-Albrecht; https://www.facebook.com/events/419722122021796/

Feb 29th, Hedge End, Southampton: MegaHafla 2020; https://www.facebook.com/events/375038843332130/

Mar 28th, Isle of Wight: Isle Shimmy;
https://facebook.com/events/s/isle-shimmy-2020/393840481271169/

Apr 10-13th, Brighton: S.I.G.I.L. with Amy Sigil;
http://www.hildedancer.com/sigil

Apr 25th, Chichester: ATS® with Spanish Fan, with Eureka Floyd; https://www.facebook.com/events/1029405037458861/

July 17th-19th, Leicester: Gothla UK;
https://gothla.uk/

Later in the year:

Aug 29th-31st, Brighton: Deviation with Violet Scrap & Hilde Cannoodt;
http://www.hildedancer.com/deviation-violet-hilde

Oct 23rd-25th, Wolverhampton: Infusion Emporium; https://www.facebook.com/events/1560243734150008/

October 23rd-25th, Tavistock: Oasis Serendipity; https://www.facebook.com/groups/157902311597658/

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