Monday, 10 March 2014

Tutorial - Easy to make bat hairclip


Welcome to my step by step guide on how to make your very own easy Halloween Hairclips.


These are so easy to make and take virtually no time what so ever!

Perfect for jazzing up any outfit around Halloween, perhaps when your walking around in the day doing some shopping. Or even adding a cute detail to a proper Halloween Costume.

Whether your an adult who wants to add a bit of whimsy to your hair, or a Mother who wants to make a accessory for a little girls Witch Outfit when she's trick or treating then this lens is for you!

Children will need help making these hairclips, as I suggest the use of a Hot glue gun.

What you will need!
Gather your materials!


The best place to start a crafting lens always with a list of what exactly you will need. So here is the list of all the things I used to make this simple hair clip.

  • Craft foam. For this Hairclip you just need Black foam really, but its always good to have other colours at hand just incase you want to add some flair!
  • Scissors. A nice sharp pair which are easy to maneuver when cutting are best.
  • Plain Barrettes. Available from all good craft stores and in several different sizes, just take your pick!
  • Hot Glue Gun. You could use other glue if you want, I just love how quickly Hot glue guns dry. Also they hold the craft foam very firmly and stick brilliantly to the metal of the barrette hairclip. You can use other glues but I can't guarantee they will hold very well.
  • Permanent Marker. Always handy to have around.
  • Pencil. For drawing your shapes.
  • Plain Paper. For making a template.


Optional
  • Googly eyes. These are good fun. You don't need to have them if you don't want. White craft foam with dots drawn on with marker pen work just as well.
Step one!
Choose your hairclip!


First of all you need to find a nice plain hair clip or barrette. They are very easy to get hold of, as most good craft stores will carry a selection of findings for making all manners of jewellery and accessories.
For this project I've chosen the larger sized clip as I think it will hold the bats wings well. If you wanted however you could use two smaller clips and make a pair of matching barrette for either side of your head.

Step two!
Draw around your hairclip




This step isn't needed but I find it really makes things a lot easier.

Turn your hairclip upside down on a sheet of paper and draw around it either using a pencil or a pen. Give yourself a little leeway each side so the boundary isn't too close to the clip. I then cut out that strip of paper and popped it to the side a moment.

Basically its used for size referencing.

Step three!
Plan your shape


In this step I pretty much free handed a bat design on the paper. While this is the one I originally traced onto the craft foam and then cut out I did go and tidy it up a bit with scissors afterwards. (Which is why this shape is different than the finished product.)

So take your slip of paper which is slightly bigger than the hair clip place it down on the paper. Next to it draw your bat shape so its as wide and long as your measured slip of paper. This is so once you go to glue on your bat later it covers all the hair clip and has a nice amount of space to apply the glue.

If your not confident drawing a bat yourself you could find an image to use as a reference or just print out the tidier version I've drawn for people to use below. You may need to enlarge it before you use it.

When your done drawing your shape onto your paper grab your scissors and cut it out.

Here is a template should you need one!



Step four!
Draw around your Bat Template


Grab your cut out bat template and place it down on your black craft foam. Use a pencil to draw around it. Since the Craft foam is black it may be hard to see your pencil lines, however if you press hard you should at least be able to see the indentations left behind. 

You'll need to hold the paper firmly so it doesn't slip and leave you with a wonky line. If it makes it easier and you think you'd do a lot better with some extra stability you could glue your paper template onto some cardstock and cut out again.

Step five!
Cut out your craft foam bat


Next get your scissors and cut your bat out. Take care to cut around all the little curves in a flowing manner. You want your bat to have smooth lines rather than jagged.

When your finished you should have a lovely bat shape with pencil lines or indentations still noticeable on one side. If this is the case then I suggest using that side as the back of the clip.

Once you've cut out your bat you can tidy up the design a bit if you like. I wasn't happy with my original bats shape so I trimmed him down a little bit. If you do decide to do this then I suggest only cutting off a tiny bit at a time, as while you can remove material it is impossible to add it back on once you've cut it off. 


I ended up tidying up my bat's shape a bit more afterwards.

Step six!
Glue your bat to the barrette


Put your craft foam bat shape down on a surface with the back facing upwards. If your bat still has pencil lines or marks from where you traced your template then I'd personally use that as the back.

Children will need an adults help at this point!

Plug in your glue gun and wait for it to warm up a bit first. Now you can use other glues if you want but I've not found one that sticks craft foam to the metal hair clip as well. I'm sure Super glue would work well, but I have a bad track record with Super glue and it always ends it in tears for me.
(Well not literally tears, but I've yet to come away from using Super glue where I haven't glued my hands together or something else equally as stupid. The worse being gluing my tongue to my teeth. It's never a good idea to hold the lid in your teeth when your using it.. but I digress.)

Anyway, once your Glue gun is ready hold up your metal barrette and apply glue all the way along the top. Then flip it over and place it down onto your Craft foam bat and press hard. Take care as the glue will squish out from under the clip and it can be very hot. Make sure that you press your hair clip along the wingspan of the bat so its firmly glued down all the way along.


Make sure to press it on well!


Step Seven!
Glue on the eyes


It's time to add your googly eyes! 

Get your Glue Gun ready again and prepare to glue on your eyes. Now there are two ways to go about doing this. You can either:

Add the glue to your eyes and then apply them to the bat.
Or
 Add the glue to the bat and then add the eyes.

Both aren't without their troubles. If you choose to add the glue to the eyes and then apply them to the bat then you need to be ultra careful. The googly eyes are very small so it can be hard to dab the tiny amount of glue needed onto such a small area. Be aware that the Glue Gun can be very hot and be careful not to burn your fingers!

If you choose to add the glue to the bat and then add the eyes then there is a chance that the glue gun may make a mess. Glue guns tend to leave little spider web like lines when ever you draw the gun away from what your gluing, which then dry and then leave strings everywhere. It's also harder to leave a tiny dab of glue on a larger surface. 

I personally prefer adding the glue to the eyes and then attaching them that way.

As with when you glued on the hair clip be careful when you press the eyes down that you don't get the hot glue on your fingers.

If you don't want to use Googly eyes

Cut out some small circles in white craft foam and glue them on in the same way. You can then either draw on the pupils with permanent marker pen or just cut out even small black circles and glue them on over the white. 

Step Eight!
Cut out and add a mouth


Almost finished!

You can skip this step if you like, but I think that adding a little mouth and added details really finishes off the bat.

Grab some red or pink craft foam and cut out an oval and then cut it in half. The flat top will serve as the top of the mouth and the curve part will become the bottom. Glue it on using the same method you used to glue on the eyes. 

Step Nine!
Add some teeth


This is the final step!

Like the step above this one is optional but I feel it adds to the finished project.

Use your scissors to cut out a slip of white craft foam that is roughly around the same width as the red piece but a lot smaller in length. You can aim to make it so its longer at the edges so it looks like it has little fangs but I appreciate that this may quite difficult because its such a tiny shape.

Anyway once your finished cutting it out then all is left is to glue it on.

For pieces of foam that are this small I suggest holding your Glue gun upright and running it along the glue that will already be resting along the top, that way you don't run any risk of getting to much glue everywhere. Then simply press it on over the red mouth making sure to line it up along the top lip.

Then your Bat Hairclip is all finished and ready to wear! 

Tutorial - Easy to Make Halloween Pumpkin Hairclip



In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to make a really easy Halloween Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Hair clip.

Perfect for wearing for that one special day of the year! They are very easy to make, take almost no time at all and can be packed away to wear again next year.
Please excuse all the watermarks, I originally made this tutorial for Squidoo where I use my other name : MuffinPuffART

What you'll need


So you want to make a Pumpkin Hairclip? Well the first thing you'll need to do is going and gather up all your materials.
  • Craft foam.  For this Hairclip you will need Orange, yellow, green and brown craft foam but its always good to have other colours at hand just in case you want to add some flair!. 
  • Scissors. A nice sharp pair which are easy to maneuver when cutting are best.
  • Plain Barrettes. Available from all good craft stores and in several different sizes, just take your pick!
  • Hot Glue Gun. You could use other glue if you want, I just love how quickly Hot glue guns dry. Also they hold the craft foam very firmly and stick brilliantly to the metal of the barrette hairclip. You can use other glues but I can't guarantee they will hold very well.
  • Permanent Marker. Needed to add the detail to the pumpkin. 
  • Pencil. For drawing your shapes. Plain Paper For making a template.
Step One!
Choose your Hairclip!


For this project the first thing you'll need to get is your plain hair clip, also known as barrettes. These are all readily available at most good craft stores and they shouldn't cost to much. I always make sure I have some laying around just in case inspiration strikes me and I'm over come with the urge to make myself a hair accessory.

For this project I've chosen the smaller clips, as Pumpkins are rather round and compact so they won't need as much space to spread out. You could totally make two little clips and wear them as a matching pair.

Step Two!
Draw around your Hairclip!

It's always best to start by making your templates. That way you'll always know how much material you'll need to use.

Before I start to cut into my Craft foam I always find it's best to make a paper template.

Turn your hairclip upside down so that the flat part is resting on a sheet of paper, then simply grab a pen and draw around it. You don't need to be neat, just make sure you give yourself some leeway each side so the boundary isn't too close to the clip.  Then using a pair of scissors, cut out your slip of paper.

This slip of paper will be used to gauge your pumpkins size and also be used to draw later to make the back part of your clip.

Step Three!
Plan out your design


Take your slip of paper and place it back down over the paper. Using it as a size guide draw a Pumpkin design so it is taller than the slip template but not nearly as long. You don't need to add on all the details, as we will only really be using the pumpkin to draw around. I just like to know where my eyes and lines will be going ahead of time.

I free handed my Pumpkin design, but if your not confident doing that then you can either find a design online and copy it or simply print out the one I've provided below. You may need to resize it a little so it will fit your hair clip.

Once your done drawing your design, cut it out and pop it aside for a moment.

Hold onto your slip of paper, you will need it later!


Here's a template should you need one!

Step Four!
Draw around your template


Now I'm afraid I don't have a photo of me drawing around my template. The person I had previously used to take photos of my hands while I was working had to go somewhere else for awhile. Sorry about that!

Anyway grab your Pumpkin Template that you have just cut out and place it down on top of your orange craft foam. Use one hand to press the template firmly onto the foam and carefully draw around it using a pencil. If you are finding it hard to hold down then you could mount your Pumpkin template onto some card, which should make it easier to draw around. 

Take care not to draw around the Nub at the top, as we shall add that in later using brown Craft foam.

Once your done drawing your little Pumpkin shape, use your scissors to cut it out. The side that you drew the lines onto should now become the back of your Pumpkin. That way you don't have any unsightly random grey lines ruining your design.

Step Five!
Cut out your eyes and mouth



Move over to the Yellow craft foam now and using a sharp pair of scissors cut out your Pumpkins eyes and mouth shapes. I cut mine out free hand, but if you don't think you can do that then you can use the paper template again.

Since we no longer need it for the Pumpkin shape you can cut right through it and remove the eyes and mouth shapes. Then simply draw around them on the yellow foam using the same method as when we drew around our pumpkin shape. 

Don't do anything with the eyes yet!
Simply pop them to one side and keep them safe a moment.

Step Six!
Draw on your lines


Got your eyes sitting somewhere safe? Great!

Grab your permanent marker pen and draw yourself a zig zag pattern across the top about 1/3 of the way down. This is going to be where the top would have been cut off had it been a really Jack O'lantern. 

Step Seven!
Draw on the vertical lines


Still got your Pen ready? Fantastic!

Now you need to draw 3 vertical curved lines from the top to the bottom. Aim to get them to join up with the downwards points of your ZigZag pattern. These form the curves of the Pumpkin. 

Step Eight!
Glue on the eyes and mouth


Grab your eyes and mouth from their safe place and prepare to glue them on.

Children will need an adults help at this point!

Plug in your Hot Glue Gun and let it warm up for a while.
 You can use other glues if you want to, I have found however than no other glues work quite as well as Hot Glue Guns when it comes to sticking craft foam together quickly and efficiently.

Take care when using the Glue gun as as the name implies it can get very hot!

Using your now heated up glue gun, apply a small amount of glue to the back of each eye and then firmly press them onto the Pumpkin. Be aware than when you press down on the eyes the glue will squish out from behind them so make sure you don't burn yourself. 
Try to align them 1/2 way down so they rest underneath the Zigzag line. 

Glue your mouth on the same why but aim to place it 2/3 of the way down right between the eyes.

Step Nine!
 Cut out a back piece and glue it to Hairclip


Still got your slip of paper? Good!

It's time to make a back piece which will cover your hair clip. You can choose any colour you like for this part of the project. I chose green as I thought it contrasted nicely with the orange. Grab your slip of paper which was measured to be bigger than your hair clip and pop it down over your craft foam.

I like to place it so its along an edge, so that way I have a straight line already cut out for me.

Hold it down firmly and draw all the way around it. If it looks a bit wobbly don't worry about it! The Pumpkin is going to cover most of it and if your still not happy with it you can tidy up the edges later on.

It's the time you've been waiting for! Time to glue it all together!

Start by grabbing your Hair clip or barrette as they are also known and apply glue all the way along the flat length. Once you've added the glue using your Hot Glue Gun turn it over and press it down firmly on top of the craft foam that you've just cut out to be the back and wait for it to dry. Now its attached to the hair clip you can straighten up any edges you weren't happy about if you like. Using the Hair clip as a straight edge simply use your scissors to trim off any parts you don't think you need. I always like to leave a few millimetres of extra craft foam hanging off the clip but that's just me.

Step Ten!
Add the pumpkins stalk


Before you glue it all together now is the time to add one last little detail to your Pumpkin.

It's only a little detail, but I always find it really adds character to your Pumpkin. Take your brown craft foam and cut out a small little rounded rectangle shape using a pair of sharp scissors. This is going to become the stalk.

Since it is very small it can be a challenge to glue it, especially since we are only aiming to add glue to the very bottom of the shape. For gluing shapes of this size I like to turn my gun so it points upwards and I gently rub the shape along the tip of the barrel so that only a small amount of glue attaches. 

With the tiny blob of glue on your stalk you now need to press it underneath the Pumpkin so most of it sticks out from behind and looks like its growing from the top. 

Step Elven!
Glue it all together


It's the time you've been waiting for! Time to glue it all together!

Now you've got your base glued on its a good idea to figure out which way up you want to have your hair clip. I like to wear clips on the right side of my head so its a good idea to make sure that the clip it points the right way. (Something I completely forgot to do for this project. Opps!)

When you know which its going to face, its time to glue on your Pumpkin.

Apply a nice amount of glue to the centre of your Jack O' Lantern taking care not to get it everywhere as the top and bottom of the pumpkin should hang over the edge of your clip. Simply press it directly in the centre of your clip and wait for it to dry. 

Step Twelve!
The final Step!


It's time to add the last few details! You can skip this step all together if you like the Pumpkin as it is but I thought hey why not give it some eyes!

Using your Permanent Pen simply give it some dots for eyes, or if you like you could cut out some black circles and glue them on.

I also thought I'd add a bit of cross-hatching to the green part just to finish it off.

There all finished!

Thanks ever so much for reading my tutorial on How to Make an Easy Halloween Pumpkin Hair clip.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Tutorial - Easy to Make Halloween Skull Hairclip


In this tutorial I'll be showing you have to make a cute little skull hair clip, perfect for brightening up any witch costumes or for wearing in your hair just because! It'as fantastic for when you need something to wear to a Halloween party in a rush as they are incredibly easy to make. 

Please excuse all the watermarks, I originally made this tutorial for Squidoo where I use my other name : MuffinPuffART

What you'll need


So you want to make a Halloween Skull Hairclip? Well the first thing you'll need to do is going and gather up all your materials.

  • Craft foam. For this Hairclip you will need White and Red craft foam but its always good to have other colours at hand just in case you want to add extra details. 
  • Scissors. A nice sharp pair which are easy to maneuver when cutting are best.
  • Plain Barrettes. Available from all good craft stores and in several different sizes, just take your pick!
  • Hot Glue Gun. You could use other glue if you want, I just love how quickly Hot glue guns dry. Also they hold the craft foam very firmly and stick brilliantly to the metal of the barrette hairclip. You can use other glues but I can't guarantee they will hold very well.
  • Permanent Marker. Needed to add the nose, eyes and teeth lines onto your skull.
  • Pencil. For drawing your shapes. Plain Paper For making a template.

Step One!
Choose your Hairclip!


For this project you will need one smaller hair clip. You can purchase plain hair clips findings or barrettes as they are also known at most good craft stores. They usually come in packs of two or three so you'll always have a few spare for those moments of inspiration when you just need to make a cute hair accessory!

I've gone for the smaller clip this time round as Skulls are nice and round so you won't need such a large surface area to glue it on too. 

Step Two!
Draw around your Hairclip!

It's always best to start by making your templates. That way you'll always know how much material you'll need to use.


Take your hairclip and turn it upside down so the flat part is resting on the surface of the paper. Then get a pen or pencil and simply draw around it. I always make sure to leave at least 5mm leeway around each side so that the edge isn't too close to the clip. 

Next cut out your little rectangle of paper and hold onto it. You will use this slip of paper for figuring out just how big you'll need to make your skull design and also to draw around later when we make the back piece. 

Step Three!
Plan out your design!


It's now time to plan out your skull design. So take your slip of paper from the last step and place it down on your paper. Using the slip as a size guide draw your skull so it is a bit taller than the template but make sure its only 2/3s of the length. When it comes to gluing the skull on later, I think it looks much better with the background sticking out each side.

I've free handed the skull design, but if you need some help then please copy, trace or simply print out the one I've provided below. You may need to resize it a little however. Don't want to use my design? Simply find another one on the internet or in a magazine and trace that.

I've added the details onto my paper skull despite the fact we'll be redrawing them later on. This is so I know exactly what it's going to look like before I start cutting.

When your happy with your design, cut it out.

Hold onto your rectangle piece of paper as you will need it later!

Here is a skull template, should you need one. 


Step Four!
Draw around your template!


Take your skull template and place it down on some white craft foam. Use one hand to press it down on the paper firmly and use your other to carefully draw around your skull shape using a pencil. If your finding it hard to draw around your skull template, then you could mount it onto some cardboard which would increase the strength of the edges. 

When your done drawing around your paper, then cut out your skull. You may find that when your done cutting out your craft foam skull that there may be some pencil lines still visible. If that is the case then the side with lines will be the back of your skull. 

Step Five!
Draw on your teeth lines


It's time to start adding some of the details onto your skull, so get your black permanent marker ready. To start you need to add three vertical lines running from the chin upwards. These will form the teeth. 

Step Six!
Draw on your nose!


When your done drawing on the teeth, its time to add the nose. Now you can either draw an upwards pointing triangle or you can draw an upwards pointing arrow head shape. I have chosen an arrowhead shape but either is fine really. 

Step Seven!
Draw on your eyes


Now its time to add the last details to your Skull. So grab your permanent marker pen and draw two large black circles for the eye holes. With the eyes, nose and the teeth all drawn on now your piece of craft foam should really look like a cute cartoon skull. 

Step Eight!
Cut out a back piece


Take your little paper rectangle from its safe place and get ready to make the back piece for your skull to rest on. For this project I've chosen red craft foam as I think it makes the white of the skull pop out.

Place your template down on your red craft foam. I like to place it so it rests along the edge of the craft foam, that way when you draw around it and cut it out you already have a really neat edge. Hold down your template and draw around it using the same method we used to draw the skull.

When your done, grab your scissors and cut it out.

Step Nine!
Glue on your Hairclip


It's time to heat up your Hot Glue gun!

Children will need an adults help at this point!

When your hot glue gun is all hot and ready to go take your plain hair clip and run the glue all the way along the flat metal surface. One the top is covered in glue then quickly flip it over and press it down onto your red piece of craft foam. 

Take care when applying pressure to the clip and foam, as this will cause some of the glue to squish out from under the clip and it can be very hot!

One the glue has cooled down and your craft foam is completely stuck to the clip, you can then trim the edges of your craft foam if you feel it needs to be neatened up a bit. I always like to leave a few millimetres of extra craft foam hanging off the clip but that's just me.

Step Ten!
Glue your skull on!


Before you glue on your skull!

Now you've got your back piece of red craft foam glued onto the hair clip is a good idea to figure out which way up you want it. I like to wear clips on the right side of my head so its best to try the clip on and make sure it points the right way. 

We are very nearly finished now. In fact after this step the rest are all optional so if you didn't want to add any more details you could skip the rest. 

Get your little craft foam skull and apply blob of glue to the middle of its back, make sure you don't apply too much. You don't want any good near the top of its forehead or on its chin as these parts won't be connecting with the red craft foam. When your ready simply press the Skull down over your hair clip and wait for it to dry. 

Step Eleven! (Optional!)
Add a little bow!


This part of my How to Guide is completely optional. I just wanted to add a little bow for no reason what so ever. 

For this step you will need to cut out two little shapes, a small circle and an hourglass shape. I've drawn the two shapes on the image so you can see how I've made the bow up through layering. They can be any colour you like! If you really want to run with the idea you could even apply a little bit of glitter glue.

When your done cutting out both of your shapes its tip to glue them on.

Start with your hourglass shape and very carefully apply a tiny blob of glue to the back. It can be challenging to glue shapes of this size so I suggest turning the gun so it points upwards and gently rubbing the shape along the tip of the barrel so that only a small amount of glue attaches.

I like my bow to sit on the skull in a similar fashion as Hello Kitty, so turn it ever so slightly so its tilted. When you have the hourglass shape glued on, repeat the gluing process with the circle. Then simply press it down in the middle of the hourglass so it looks like the knot of the bow. 

Step Twelve! (Optional)
The final step!


This is the last step, and like the one before it it is completely optional. So feel free to skip it if you like!

Take your Black Permanent Marker Pen and add a few little lines to the red craft foam bow to make it look like its got little creases. I also like to add a few little lines to the back piece just to finish it off. I like the way they look like stitches.

There you have it! Since we've used a glue gun and they cool ultra fast you can now wear your Hair clip. There is no waiting time what so ever.

Thanks for reading!