My little girl is taking ballet classes this year. All of the ballerina girls are such darling little things; bubbly with excitement in their fluffy tutus! Their recital costumes are made of flowing and almost iridescent fabric and they have an embroidered cherry blossom pattern down the front. But with a month to go before the day of the big show… they still had not found a hair accessory to go with the ensemble!
I went to the drawing board and came up with this sweet little cherry blossom:
Here is what you will need:
- A small piece of satin
- Embossing gun
- Elmers clear glue
- Hot glue gun
- A small circle of felt, approx 1.5-2″
- A little bit of face blush or you can use a bit of stamping ink on a sponge (optional)
- An embellishment for the center-I used fake pearls from a broken necklace
- 3/8″ ribbon and alligator clip (or whatever you would like to put this on!)
- Cut out the petals in the shape shown below. For the cherry blossom, I used five petals.
- Using your embossing gun lightly blow warm heat at the edges of your petals causing them to wrinkle ever so slightly. Be careful of your fingers! You can see I eventually got smart and started using the handle of my scissors to keep the petal from blowing away.
- When you have all of your petals sufficiently curled, take the clear glue and run it very carefully along the edges to keep them from fraying. I found that this glue was cheaper than seam sealer and it did the job just fine!
- Brush the petal with the blush with an emphasis to the part that will be in the center of the flower.
- This is the most tricky part of the whole project: Fold the edges of the petal that will be in the center of the flower so they come to a point and glue onto the felt circle as shown.
- Continue gluing the petals on felt circle, spacing them evenly.
- If you would like to make a hair clip, you can line the alligator clip with a length of ribbon. I start at the underside of the top prong. Glue just a bit and work your way around.
- Glue the clip to the felt circle.
- Attach your embellishment of choice at the center of your flower.
- And you have a blossom topped clip fit for a ballerina princess!
My little girl was so happy to pass these out at the next ballet class. She loved hearing the squeals of delight from her fellow ballerinas.
This idea can translate into so many more: three little blue Forget-Me-Nots on a headband, you could go crazy and do a multi-layered Ranunculus, or you could get really fancy and pair a few with a satin rolled rose! What lovely floral creations would you love to bring to life?