Sunday, November 17, 2013

DIY 3D Owl Hair Clip - A Tutorial

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


I've seen variations of these owls around, but couldn't find a tutorial anywhere so I decided to see if I could figure it out. It wasn't that hard after all, and boy are they cute! 

These little guys would also make adorable zipper pulls for backpacks or key tags!

You will need:

1" ribbon scraps
3/8" ribbon
lighter to seal ribbon ends
goggly eyes
ribbon covered alligator clip - There's a great tutorial on how to do this and make it no slip at Make It Love It.


First, make a circle out of a 2.75" piece of 1" ribbon, seal the ends, and glue together with your glue gun.

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


That's the middle of the body and now we'll make the outline and ears. To do this, I just leave the ribbon attached to the roll and start to go around the body. If you cut 6.5" you will have enough. Glue gun the ribbon to what is going to be the bottom of the owl.

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


Now go up to the top of the owl, then pinch a little piece (a 1/4" or so) and glue it to itself, then glue along the top of the 1" circle, and do the same for the other ear.

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


TIP: try to make sure to have the 3/8" ribbon go up the center of your fat circle so that you don't have and overly puffy, or flat, front to your owl.

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


Now it's time to make the wings. Cut a piece of 3/8" ribbon approx. 5.75" long. You need to tuck the ends up behind the center of the ribbon, making two equal curls on either side. The trick here is to have the ends at right sides to the top of the middle so that the wings lay nicely. Also, you want to put the ends close enough together that they end up completely behind the owl's body.

front
3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to

back
3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


Glue the wings to the back of the body 1/8" to 1/4" down from the ribbon on the top of the head. 

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


And now you're ready to add a face and attach the owl to the ribbon covered alligator clip! :)

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


Somehow I am missing a picture of the finished pink owl, but here are a couple of her counterparts:

3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


3D Grosgrain ribbon owl hair bow clip DIY tutorial how to


Happy Crafting!


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