Nothing says bespoke hair accessories like a nicely lined alligator clip. Learning how to line an alligator clip for hair bows adds a touch of luxury and sparkle to your next DIY hair accessories project.
How to Line an Alligator Clip – DIY Hair Clips
What you need:
- There are 2 types of alligator clips – double prong and single prong. Either will work for this tutorial.
- Hot glue gun – cool glue generally doesn’t stick it as well.
- Cut 6 inches (15cm) of 3/8 inch (1cm) ribbon. This is a little longer than you will need for most clips but it gives you a small margin of error at the end.
If your ribbon frays a lot you can seal the ends either by melting them with a lighter or applying an anti-fraying solution like Fray Stop. (Read how to stop ribbon from fraying.)
Start by applying some glue to the end 2 inches (5cm) of the underside of the ribbon.
Open up the clip and put the end of the ribbon wrong side up at the back hinge. Smooth the ribbon on the top of the inside.
Wrap it around and bring the ribbon to the top. Put glue along the top of the prong. Smooth the ribbon on top.
Put a dab of glue at the back on the hinges. Smooth the ribbon in and out of the hinge.
Check the length of the remaining ribbon. You want it to finish about ½ inch (12mm) past the hinge. Trim if necessary. Finally, put a bit of glue underneath the remaining ribbon and smooth it along the prong.
All done and ready to add to bows, tulle and flowers. Try these fun and free hair clip tutorials.
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