For a Hairy Situation… Zip It!

I’m just going to go ahead and warn you now… there’s some gross stuff going on in this post.  I’m just sayin’ you might want to put down your bagel.  Consider yourself warned…

 

If your household is anything like mine, you have a situation.  A hair situation.  A hair everywhere you look situation.  This is just what happens with long hair like mine and Skylar’s.  It’s not just long, but it’s also plentiful.  This crazy thick mane I’ve got, while nice for hairstyling, is a beast for clean up.  And I mean literal beasts that form in my drain.  Hairy slimy creatures that nobody likes to clean up.  Nobody.

So when the day comes that you’re taking a shower and realize that you’re suddenly standing in ankle deep water, you shutter at the thought of what you know you must do: clean the drain.

Thankfully, this is a common problem and someone has already come up with a solution.  Check out this cool little tool I found at my local hardware store:

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This handy little piece of plastic, a Zip-It, was a whopping $2.48, and worth every penny.  When you take it out of the packaging, it looks like this:

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Simple, and unassuming.  There’s a little hole on the top so you can pull it out of the drain, and a pointy end to stick into the drain.  See those little thorn looking spikes?  Those are important.  And sharp.

So you just push the stick into your drain as far as you can (mine only went in a few inches), and then pull it back out.  What comes out with the stick is amazing.  And gross.  Put down your bagel now…

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OH. MY. GOD!!!

This thing worked like a boss, it was crazy easy, and no chemicals were needed.  They say not to try to remove the hair from the stick, and if I was able to get mine further down the drain I would have never been able to (those spikes are like crazy glue!!).  I was, however, able to detach my hair clump for gross photographic purposes…

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EEEEEWWWWWWWW!!! EEWW!! EEEEWWWW!!!!! EEEWWWWEEWEEEWWWWW!!!!

The second best thing about this little magical cleaning stick is that it’s a one time use disposable.  You just pull that nasty out, and throw the whole thing away.  You don’t have to touch any of that gross hair (half of which probably belongs to the former residents)

Now my shower is working and draining like a charm.  I told you it was worth the $2.48.

So tell me, have you used this before? Or do you have some other suggestion for easy cleaning of disgusting things?  Leave a comment!  I’d love to hear from you!

Lizz

P.S.  You can pick up your bagel again.

P.P.S.  I’m not getting anything from Zip-It for sharing this with you.  It’s just something I used and loved and wanted to share.

Chalkboard Wine Glasses

For this past Christmas, my sister came up with an awesome idea of exchanging handmade gifts.  I had such a good time putting my crafty skills to work, and the gifts were so personal and unique.  I (obviously) couldn’t post them before the holidays, so I saved them for a bit.  With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought now would be a good time to share.  And I will be starting with the gift I made for my mama…chalkboard wine glasses.

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I went to the blue and yellow beacon (more commonly known as IKEA), and got some simple wine glasses, and one of their cardboard glass holders to wrap them in later.  Since I planned on only making the base of the glass into chalkboard, I used masking tape to tape a nice straight line at the bottom of the stem.

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Then I used some saran wrap to cover the top of the glass completely, and taped that as well, leaving only the base exposed.

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Then next part has no photos since I was by myself, spray painting.  But it’s pretty easy.  Get a can of chalkboard spray paint (available at hardware and craft stores).  Hold the glass by the top (I recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves), and spray the base of the glass on both the top and bottom.  Be sure that you are holding the can about 12 inches away from the glass, and spray in short spurts, so you don’t get runny parts.  Place the glass upside down to dry completely.  Do a second coat.

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Once completely dried, peel off all of the tape and wrapping.

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They turned out great!!  Now nobody will lose their glasses during a party!

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I seemed to not have taken a picture of the wrapped product, but I just put a few pieces of chalk and curled ribbons into each glass, and Skylar made holiday chalk drawings on each of them.  I put them into the cardboard glass holder and put the whole thing into a bag.  Very cute!

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Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Lizz

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I was featured on Momnivore’s Dilemma!

I’m so excited!  I have been featured on this week’s Creative Juices over at Momnivore’s Dilemma!

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It seems that the lovely Nicolette (who also writes about some gluten free stuff for those who are interested) really like the wreath I made.

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I hope you all get a chance to check out Momnivore’s Dilemma, and see the other goodies over there today.

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Have a great day!!

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Lizz

Spider Web Wreath

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I have officially made my first wreath!

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I showed you in *This Post* how I created a nice white yarn wreath.  The possibilities are endless for decorating it!  I also love the fact that I can change the decorations as the holidays/seasons change.

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Here is the first one, made with an obvious Halloween theme:

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I am so happy with the outcome!  Here’s what I did:

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The whole idea for this wreath started when I found this little guy at one of those temporary Halloween stores that pop up this time of year.

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I certainly could have made this myself, but it was a buy one get one free deal that ended up costing me about $2 each.  Sounds like a deal to me!  If you can’t find something like this, you can take two styrofoam balls (one slightly larger than the other), and glue them together.  Then wrap them with a tinsel of your color choice.  You will need some wired tinsel for legs, and googley eyes.  That’s it!

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For the web, I used the same yarn I had used to create the wreath itself so it would blend in.  To create the frame I used 4 lengths of string to create a pie-shaped crossing.  I tied each one on the backside of the wreath with some tight double knots and trimmed the ends.

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To make the little web connections, I took a long length of yarn and started by tying it to one of the frame strings in the front of the wreath.  I made sure to choose a starting spot where I would be placing the spider, effectively hiding my knot.  Then I wrapped the web string around each frame string once.  I was careful to not pull to tightly or the frame would move out of place.

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I continued wrapping in a spiral shape around all of the frame strings.  Once I got to the middle, I tightly tied off my string on the backside and cut the ends as short as possible.

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Now it looks like a web!!

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I glued on a few pieces of velcro (the harder grabby side) to the body and a few legs of my spider, and placed it onto the wreath (making sure to hide that starting knot).  The velcro grabbed right on to the yarn.  Now when I’m ready to change the wreath decorations, I can just pull the spider off and cut the web!

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I love this and it looks great on our door.

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I hope you’re all having fun getting your place ready for Halloween.  Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this cute Halloween project at these parties:

DIY Thrifty Thursdays @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Halloween Link Party @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Made It Myself Monday @ You Had Me At Craft

White Yarn Wreath

I keep seeing all these lovely wreaths all over the internet, and I’m been chomping at the bit to try one.  My current favorites are the yarn wrapped ones.  Since we have very little storage around here, I cannot make a new wreath for every occasion.  But I want to!

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So, I’ve come up with a way to make one wreath where I can just change out the decorations!  Problem solved!!  First, I needed to make the base wreath.  I will show this step today, then later I’ll show you how we decorate it.  I started by grabbing the few things:

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A styrofoam wreath, white yarn, and a glue gun is all you will need.  Everything can be found at your local craft store.  I had a coupon (of course) to knock down the price of the styrofoam wreath to about $4, but *here* is another idea to do this even cheaper.

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Since I want this to be a frequently used wreath, I decided to take the extra step to create a little loop in back for hanging.  I simply cut a length of yard, and glued it to the wreath, leaving an unglued section up, like so:

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Now it’s time to wrap.  This took me some serious time (like an entire Sunday, since I kept taking breaks).  It would have been easier if I had purchased white styrofoam, but I didn’t like the shape of the ones they are offering at my local store.  I really wanted this completely rounded one, and not one of the wreaths that are flat in the back and/or front.  I got green knowing it was going to take some effort.

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I started by gluing my yarn anywhere on the wreath, and wrapping it around.

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(here I started wrapping over that string used to make the loop)

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Because of my green foam, I needed to make sure that every wrap around was pulled tight, and then VERY tightly shoved together so nothing showed through.  Every 20 or so wraps around, I squeezed a drop of glue and wrapped a few times over it to hold everything in place.  Doing this allowed for a few breaks to rest the fingers, and insured that you didn’t lose any progress already made.

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(see my glue dots?)

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Another little trick I figured out helped solve the issue that the inner part of the circle is smaller than the outer one.  In the picture above, you can probably see that it looks like sometimes the yarn is sticking out.  After every 10 or so wraps, I would wrap one layer of yarn over the top of the last one, but only on the inside of the circle.  This helped make sure all the angles were right.

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Once I (FINALLY) got all the way around, I used some glue to make sure that last bit of yarn would not unravel.

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(this pic shows how I wrapped around the loop, and on the left you can sort of see the glue to finish off.  Don’t worry, this is the back and nobody will see this part)

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So, was all that effort worth it?

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Oh yeah!!

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And I cannot wait to show you the amazing (removable) Halloween decoration we made for this.

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Have you seen/made a wreath like this one?  Do you have any suggestions for upcoming holiday decorations?  I’d love to hear them!

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Have a lovely day!

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Lizz

Organizing Reward Cards

I’ve seen this done a few times, and have wanted to do this for quite a while.  My store rewards cards are a mess.  There’s so many of them, and I never seem to have the right ones with me when I need them.  I thought this idea would help me take advantage of all those reward programs, even when I make unplanned trips to the stores.

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Start by gathering all of your rewards cards.  You can have a mixture of full sized cards and key chain cards.  I prefer the key chain cards, when available, because they already have a hole in them.  You will also need a hole punch and a book ring.

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Take all of the full sized cards, and decide where you can punch a whole without punching through any barcodes, ID numbers, important info, or magnetic strips on the back side.  For me, it was to one side, close to the middle.  You will then need to punch those holes.  It’s a little difficult to punch through the plastic cards, so I actually used a pair of pliers to get my punch to work.  I also used an already punched card as a template for the next one, so they all matched up.

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Once all the cards have holes, use the book ring to keep them all together.

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Now the whole thing can be tossed into my purse, and pulled out when needed.  It takes up a lot less space than the extra wallet I was carrying them around in before.  Simple and Easy!!

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Happy Organizing!

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Lizz

I’m Guest Posting at What’s For Dinner Today!

Welcome visitors from What’s for Dinner!  I hope that you like what you see and choose to stay for a while…

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Today I am guest posting over at What’s for Dinner.  Not only am I posting this super fun accessory I did a while back:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also hosting a giveaway for one!

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So please take a moment to pop over to What’s for Dinner and check out this super easy tutorial and/or to enter the giveaway.  You only have until Wednsday (July 13) at Midnight to enter, so don’t wait!

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Good Luck Everyone!  Have a wonderful week!

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Lizz

Independent Breakfast Time

I came across a fun site, Sweet Serendipity, who had a great suggestion on how to help kids make their own cereal in the morning.  Sounds good to me!  I decided to give it a try, and it’s working like a charm.  Here’s what we’re doing…

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I got a nice plastic container with a lid that Skylar can open and close herself (we tested this in the store).  We also hit the dollar store for a set of measuring cups.  Since my kiddo never eats much of her breakfast, we put the 3/4 cup in the container with the cereal.  The rest are now in her play food bucket.

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Skylar has always had a designated lower cabinet for all of her bowls, plates, and cups. Now she can grab a bowl from her cabinet, fill it with a scoop of cereal, and have some breakfast.  All without waking up Mom at 7:30 on Saturday morning.  Can you hear the hallelujah chorus??

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Now, Skylar doesn’t care for milk in her cereal, but she loves to drink it.  I have some great tupperware cups that have lids on them that can be ready to go in the fridge.  Alternatively, you could put some milk into a bottle with a sport top.  This way kiddos can learn to pour themselves something to drink, or milk their cereal, without making (much of) a mess.

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Another lovely bonus of this set up, is that the cereal will last longer in this nice container than in an open cereal box.  We just had a great haul of cereal (8 boxes, and a free gallon of milk for about $10).  I never realized how far off cereal expiration dates are. Now we can buy it when it’s a good deal, open one box at a time, and really make it last.

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Isn’t that a lovely sight to see?

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I hope you all find this as useful as I have.  Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be linking this post to these parties:

Sensational Sundays @ What’s for Dinner?
Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Chalkboard Eggs

I showed you all a little preview of this craft a few days ago.  I know it’s already after easter, but I think this could very easily be adapted to make it work all year round.  I think it even works as is!  I’m going to show you how I made the eggs today, and how I made the nest tomorrow.  I don’t want to overwhelm.

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As always, you will first need to gather your supplies:

  • Chalkboard spraypaint
  • Chalk
  • fine sandpaper (if needed)
  • Something disposable to hold items (i.e. empty egg carton)
  • Craft Eggs (oversized not-real eggs) – this is where you could adapt this project.  You can use anything made out of wood or plastic that you want to make into a chalkboard.

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Once you have all these things, you will need to find a safe and appropriate place to do your project.  As I live in an apartment building, I decided to go out into the grassy area in the parking lot.  Remember, since you are using spray paint, grassy/dirt areas are better than concrete, as to not create spraypaint outlines of your egg carton.  Also remember that if you do this in your apartment’s parking lot grassy area, you will get lots of curious questions like “What are you doing?”  and “Why are you making black eggs?”.  Don’t worry.  They will be very impressed later.

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Now, take your eggs, and put them into the empty egg carton, leaving space between them. If your items have a smooth surface, you will want to use the sandpaper to rough up the outside a bit before spraypainting, so the paint adheres better.

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Use all of your good spraypaint techniques (like keep the can 8-12 inches or so away from the object, and spray in short burst, so you don’t get drips) and cover the top half of the eggs. (or in this case the bottom since I started with them upside down)  Be aware of the direction of the wind, so the paint doesn’t fly back onto your clothes.

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Wait for them to completely dry, flip them over, and cover the rest.

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While you wait for them to dry again, admire your ability to only get a little smudge of paint on your finger.

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Then walk around your parking lot taking other photos with your new camera that you plan to show off at another time.  Or whatever you want to do.

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You will now have this lovely looking centerpiece: (umm…once I do the tutorial for the nest part)

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But just wait…it gets better!

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Tada! How fun!!

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The best part about these is that the chalk can be wiped off, and re-done as many times as you want.  My kiddo immediately erased my (ahem) professional-grade artistry, and created her own awesome designs (which I didn’t photograph. Bad Blogger!).  She loves the fun of these as much as I love how beautiful (and easy) they are.

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I would love to know:  Is there anything you are thinking about turning into a chalkboard?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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I will be submitting this project to the following link-up parties:

(Please click the links to see the other amazing projects too!)

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DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s Blog

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

CraftOManiac Mondays @ CraftOManiac

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

I Wear My Crafty Pants on Monday with Miss Craft Pants
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time-Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework
Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
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Giant Flower Hair Clips

I’ve been loving these beautiful multicolored flowers I’ve been seeing in stores and online recently.  Have you seen them?  Something like this:

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So cute!  My friend over at Mia and Mackie in the Mirror makes some similar items (and some other great stuff, you should check them out!!).  She gave me a few pointers, so I thought I would try my hand at it.  Here we go!!…

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First, I went to Michael’s and found some lovely colored daisy-esque flowers.  (On sale!!)

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Then I pulled them apart.

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Then I re-layered them in alternating colors, without adding in any of the plastic pieces.  The important part here is to make sure that each layer is staggered from the next, so you can see all the petals from each layer.

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Using a hot glue gun, I secured each layer.  Then I added a jewel to the center.

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Next, I covered an alligator clip (also available at Michael’s), with a ribbed ribbon.  This was also done with a glue gun.  This step is not 100% necessary, but it does look pretty, and it grips to the hair a little better.

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Then I glued it to the back side of the flower

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The whole thing takes about 10-15 minutes.  Not to bad!  And it really looks lovely in a little girl’s hair:

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We also made a few others, and changed up the coloring.  Here’s a yellow and pink version:

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This project was so much easier than I thought it was going to be, and both Skylar and I were really pleased with the results.

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I’d love to hear what you all think about these clips.  Should we keep making them?

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Have a great rest of the week!

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Lizz

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