The Shady Porch: How-To Make Feather Hair Clips

7.30.2011

How-To Make Feather Hair Clips

Feather and leather hair clips by The Shady Porch
Feather hair clip
"What has been will be again; what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc.1:9 NIV) This verse has come up multiple times lately, and I was reminded of it again tonight. If you have noticed the hair salons lately, they all have signs saying they have feathers! Feathers in the hair started last year (...THIS time around!) and the trend is still hot. I've read that the fly fishing suppliers are having trouble keeping feathers for the fishermen because teenage girls and salons are buying in bulk.

I remember Stevie Nicks' bohemian, gypsy-look from the 70's and the girls wearing feathers in their hair, clipped to their hats, purses, jeans and boots. I wonder how long it will be before the fringe fad kicks in, too?  Anyway, I thought I would show you how to make your own feather hair clips. Any local superstore with a craft section should have the feathers, cording, and beads, but you will most likely have to purchase the micro beads at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michael's.
NOTE- the feathers at the local superstore are more likely to be pastels rather than the rooster saddle hackles I've used here. I purchased mine online from a fishing supplier.


Feather Hair Clip Supplies
Suede cord
various beads (make sure they fit your cord)
2 - microbeads (used to lock on feathers)
pliers
6 - feathers 
alligator clip (you can substitute the alligator clip with a metal snap clip if you always wear it in your hair)
Step 1 - cut the cord the length that you want it. Keep in mind the feathers will add to the length.

Step 2 - Attach the cording to the alligator clip; lock it in by folding down the flaps with the pliers.

Step 3- Thread first set of beads onto the cord. Decorative beads first, then the micro bead.


Step 4- Thread the first 3 feathers into the micro bead and clamp it shut with pliers, locking the feathers in place.

Step 5- Pull the decorative beads down to rest on top of the micro bead.

Step 6 - Repeat the process of threading the last beads on near the bottom of the cord.
Step 7 - Thread the final 3 feathers into the micro bead and clamp them in with the pliers.

Step 8 - Pull the decorative beads down to rest on the micro bead. Now you are ready to Rock A Little...(for you who are too young, that is a Stevie Nicks song) with your new feather clip.

D SteppAbout D Stepp
D is a lifestyle blogger who shares recipes, craft ideas, gardening information, and DIY projects from her home in Kentucky. D is the author of two blogs : The Shady Porch, which features easy-to-make recipes along with tips and tales from a home gardener, and Craft-D-ness, which displays a wide range of arts and craft ideas and DIY projects. She is the co-author of Bosco's Sammiches. Click here if you would like to follow D via, Twitter and Facebook.