Friday, September 23, 2011

From Handbag to Hair Clip

Hi, everyone!  I've been carrying the same pocketbook for a while now, and, to be honest, it was kind of falling apart.  My mom just bought me a new one (Thanks, mom!), but I didn't want to throw my old purse away.  It was such a cute animal print!  So I decided to do a trash to treasure craft with it.  I initially planned to make a necklace, but then I decided halfway through the project that I wanted to make a hair clip.  I was inspired by this tutorial from Mrs. Priss.
Here is my bag before.  
Let's all pause for a moment of silence because the next step is painful!...................I cut up the bag.  I felt bad doing it, but it was going to have to go in the trash because the straps were messed up.  (Can you tell I'm still trying to convince myself I did the right thing?)
I then made a card stock template of petals.  I traced the petals on the back of the pleather/vinyl and cut them out.  I made different sizes, but ended up only using the medium size.  I cut out seven of the medium sized petals.
I pinched the narrow end of each petal together and tried to hot glue it, but the pleather/vinyl was just not sticking, so I ended up sewing them on my machine.

After I pinched and stitched all seven petals, I glued them together with hot glue.  The glue worked this time because the back of the pleather/vinyl is a felt-type material.
Of course, then I needed something to cover up that ugly center portion of the flower, so I took a vintage clip-on earring from my vintage jewelry stash and cut the clip off of it.
I glued the earring to the center of the flower with a generous amount of hot glue.  I then got out an alligator hair clip I purchased from Walmart and cut a circle out of felt.
I sandwiched the felt circle between the alligator clip.  I hot glued the flower on the felt circle, sandwiching the top of the clip between the circle and the flower.

Then amazingly, a torn up handbag was transformed into a cute, fashionable hair clip.  (I had everything on hand except the alligator clips, and the whole pack cost a little more than a dollar.)  I adore the combination of the animal print and vintage earring.  It's so me!
  Now I just have to put together an outfit to wear with it so I can post another picture to give you the full effect! :)


  1. Found your blog via Mod Podge Rocks ( love your lampshade). Great blog .... now following.

  2. Absolutely lovely! Btw, thanks for the sweet comment about inlinkz post. Hope you can swing by again and join in my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop every Sunday at 5 pm, PST. Also, please feel free to link up your etsy in my Market Your Biz and Giveaways every Tuesday at 5 pm, PST.

  3. That is such a clever way to use an old bag. The print is great. Such a pretty hair clip:)
    Thanks for visiting me:)

  4. This is excellent.. I love it.. (I wanted you to know that link wasn't working right so I re-linked up all the projects again.. SO sorry about that, now you cna actually VOTE and have your project voted for more chances to win.. TY)

  5. ps: I had to update the linky to allow voting, so you can now actually vote and have your hair clip voted for (chances to win : ))- the most votes gets the price.. THANK YOU SO MUCH again for linking : ))


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