Day 8: Rhinestone Barrettes – a diy hair accessory

Once I started making jewelry with rhinestones, I couldn’t stop.  Let’s just say that this won’t be the last time you’ll see them.  I mean there’s just something about all that glitter and sparkle that gets me all giddy.  So why not a little more bling for your hair?  These are those little mini-barretes, not the big ones.  I think they are a perfect holiday outfit accent. Or, who am I kidding, just right for every day glam.  

They are easy to make – super quick.  Why not make them in every color of the rainbow?

Barrettes (find in the jewelry-making section of your craft store or click this link.)
Rhinestones (in the trim section of your craft store)
DMC 5 Cotton Pearl Embroidery Thread
Time: 20 minutes each

Measure and cut the number of rhinestones required to cover the barrette from end to end (in this case, 8).

Start by holding the barrette in your hand with the rhinestones on top.

Wrap embroidery floss in between the first and second rhinestone four times, making sure the end gets caught underneath your loops as you go.

Continue to wrap between each rhinestone carefully going around the obstacles of the barrette.  When you get to the middle, use a needle to get under the arched part of the barrette.

When you get to the end, turn it around and go back the other way, wrapping 3-4 times in between each stone on the way back as well. Try to keep a similar shape to the wraps between each stone. See how my wraps start out wide, go down the middle and then go wide on the other side of the stone.  This provides a consistent “triangle” of wraps in between each stone.

When you get to the beginning again, finish off the end on the underbelly of the barrette.

Trim the ends, done.   Now, repeat with the other barrette

These are so cheery, aren’t they?  The red and the sparkle makes me really think of Christmas.

Hope everyone is getting lots of holiday shopping done and things crossed off your lists. This is what I’m needing . . . a much crossed off list of to-dos)  Will someone give me that for Christmas?
  1. ksrv67

    Those look great! Have you made the larger ones?

  2. anne

    I haven’t, but I think you could do two rows and they would look good. There are smaller rhinestones that might fit better into two rows on the larger size. If you try it, let me know. I’ll give it a shot when I recover from this month!!

  3. These are cute just like all the other glam things you’ve done.

    New follower here 🙂

  4. Kylie

    I tried mine, but with the pearl trim instead (I read all of your tutorials) and I did one in a really dark red and teh second was a lighter version of that same shade. They look especially nice in dark hair if I do say so myself 🙂

    Thanks for all the awesome tutorials!


    • anne

      Your welcome, Kylie. So glad you made them! I love hearing that. I bet they look spectacular!

  5. Anonymous

    I loved making these barrets and they look great in my dark hair. Now I make them as gifts for friends and family all the time! Such a great idea, keep posting!

  6. I am so making these today, they r so easy and elegant!

  7. Belinda

    Perfect. Despite what Mama may have wanted, my little girl is as sparkly a fairy princess on the inside as possible. I want to embrace who she is, but so many store-bought little girl hair accessories ad such make me cringe. These are perfect. I will definitely make these rhinestone ones, and may just try it with pearls as well. I’ll probably try all 24 things! Haha. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • anne

      Great! I’m so glad you are excited to make some of these projects! Good luck and have fun!

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