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Oh to Be Creative! Easy-to-Make Alligator Hair Clips

It’s so fun to be able to show and tell! And I really proud of my latest attempt to be creative. This year has seemed to be flying by without me personally having much to show for it.  And with that being said, I plan on being more creative from now on out since I’m feeling a bit better and have finally caught up with all that I fell so behind in doing when I was feeling really sick during this second pregnancy.

In the above picture, are several alligator clips that I lined with a variety of different color and styles of ribbon.  I honestly had no idea how easy these clips were to make! I may never purchase these again now that I’ve tried my hand at them and seen how they’ve come out so fantastically.

So how would you go about making these? Well, this is what I’ve used and did!

What You Will need to make your own lined Alligator Clips!

  • 1.75 Single-prong clips (I purchased mine from the Hair )
  • 3/8 ribbon (grosgrain or velvet are known to stay in hair the best) The Selection above were purchased at Micheals and Target.
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I use Tacky Glue for my hair clips but some people prefer using a hot glue gun)
  • A lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon

I am going to refer you to Hair Clip Tutorial I found over at The Green Wife. She has some great photos that show you how to line your clip. She unlike me fully lines her clips where I only partially line mine to save on ribbon plus you won’t see the back of the hair clip when worn in your hair. Again, it’s a personal preference. So if you want to line your clips exactly like I do, you’ll want to use only 4.5 inches of ribbon instead of 7 inches.

** A handy tricky I do while using Tacky Glue to adhere the ribbon to the clip would be  to use other blank alligator clips to hold the ribbon in place while it’s drying. This saves so much time and frees up your hands to work on more clips or the need tend to your toddler like myself! **

I hope you enjoyed what I’ve shared! I plan on posting more how to’s and sharing more of my hair accessory creations soon! I can’t wait to try my hand at embellishing and making bows!

If you have any hints or tips about creating hair clips whether it be how you go about it or where you like to purchase supplies, be sure to share them here, I’d love to know about them.

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Comments (7)

  • Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy


    These are sooooooooooooo cute, I can’t believe they’re your first! And I’m going to try your tacky glue tip. I usually use the glue gun but it can be frustrating and I’ve ruined more than one because something went wrong and the glue dried instantly.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie


    Cute, great colorful ribbon choices! You’ll never buy them again. Just be careful clippie making can be addictive!

  • Erin


    Katie: I think it’s too late… I’m already looking forward to making many more and browsing for more ribbon. But hey at least I’m vowing to sell them as well as make them for my daughter. Four more weeks and I’ll know if I need to start making extra depending on the results of my ultrasound!

  • Lexi Kate


    Making hair clips and hairbows take a little practice, especially when you start adding bling to them. I have had a lot of fun making them over the years.
    Lexi Kate

  • Chivalrybean


    I’m all excited about the profit margin on these things.

  • hair clips


    Those are absolutely cute! I can’t wait to go to the store and get the supplies! I’ll make some for my niece. Thank you so much for posting this.

  • Lisalicious


    I love these! I recognized the ribbon from our “dollar bin” at our local Michael’s…super cute! My fingerprint-less fingers and I agree that the glue gun is NOT the way to go! Tacky Glue…it’s the new “tack”!
    Nice blog..will follow!

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