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Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

I love making hair barrettes and headbands for my kidlets with my Sizzix Big Shot. Not only are they a quick and easy project for me (and the girls), but they're also an inexpensive way to create seasonal accessories.

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

These slightly over-sized snowflake barrettes were a huge hit with my eldest. Almost fascinator-sized, they became a quick favourite.

I started by gathering some snowflake dies: the Snowflakes #3 Bigz die, the Layered Snowflake Bigz die, and the Tim Holtz Large Snowflake Paper Punch. I used White Paper Leather for this project, because the stuff is amazing!

You can't tear it, you can wrinkle, distress, paint or emboss it, and because of its durability, it's perfect for riding out the day as a hair bauble.

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

I cut the first snowflake using the Layered Snowflake Bigz die. Then I used the included embossing folder to texture it.

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

While you could leave this as is, I wanted to get more of a gold foil look. I stamped the whole thing with clear embossing ink, and then coated it in gold embossing powder.

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

Instead of gilding the entire snowflake, I took a paint brush and lightly traced the raised pattern on the snowflake.

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

This left some white space, and gave the snowflake more definition.

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

After a quick once-over with the heat gun, I loved the slightly distressed look of the gilded snowflake! It was perfect!

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

I hot glued the snowflake to a plain barrette and then Lila promptly asked for it in her hair. She wore it while I worked on the next barrette.

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

This piece of paper leather was cut from the Snowflakes #3 Bigz die. I crumpled it a bit to give it more of a leather-y texture.

Then, using the Large Snowflake paper punch, I embellished the larger snowflake with a smaller gold one.

Two dabs of hot glue onto a plain barrette later...

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

It couldn't be any easier! This barrette came together in minutes!

Paper Leather DIY: Deck Your Hair With These Snowflake Barrettes!

Now she can't decide which one she wants to wear to school first!

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Other Materials Used:

  • Embossing ink
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Two plain barrettes
  • Hot glue

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