Butterfly and Turtle Hair Clips

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThese butterfly and turtle hair clips are perfect for summer. Welcome the warm weather & big bright sun with these adorable clips to sport in your hair, on your clothes, or anywhere!

This tutorial is brought to you by Rebeca from Clips N Things. I’m so glad to be sharing another tutorial through The Ribbon Retreat’s blog. Be sure to check out my facebook page at Clips N Things to see what else I have created.

Today I will be showing you how to make ribbon butterfly and turtle hair clips. The body of the butterfly and the shell of the turtle are made using the same technique, known as a military braid.

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Materials used:
Glue Gun
Wood Burning Tool
Lined Alligator Clip
Gripzies

For Butterfly:
3/8” Glitter Ribbon in Purple
1/4” Satin Ribbon in Orchid
3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon in Tropic Lilac
Optional: Googly Eyes

For Turtle:
3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon in Emerald
1/4” Satin Ribbon in Pansy
Googly Eyes

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogCut your emerald grosgrain ribbon in 4 pieces of 1.5” long (legs), one piece of 4.5” long (body) and 7” for lining the clip.
(I fully line mine, but you may need less if you partially line your clip.)

For the shell we will make a military braid. For my example I used 15” to get a 3” finished military braid. You will be curling the braid to make the shell. As a guide, cut the 1/4” satin ribbon five times the length you would like the finished braid to be.

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTo make the military braid, take the 15” piece of satin ribbon and fold it in the middle. Make two small loops. Take the right side loop and pass it through the left side loop. Pull the long part of the left side loop tight.

Make a small loop with the left side ribbon and pass it through the right side loop. Pull the long part of the right side ribbon loop tight. Continue doing this until you have braided as far as possible. You will have ribbon left over. Glue these loose ends to the back of your braid. Either roll your braid and glue the ends, or just fold in a circular shape to make the shell.

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogFold each 1.5” piece of emerald grosgrain in half and glue only the ends to make 4 legs. Glue the ends of the 4.5” pieces to the middle to make the body. Make sure each end of this piece is loopy, not flat. Attach the body to the lined clip, attach the legs in an “X” shape and attach the shell. Glue eyes if you are using them.

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogButterfly:
Cut out your 3/8” glitter ribbon in 2 sections of 6” each. Cut out the 1/4” satin ribbon, that you will use for the inside of the wings, in 2 sections of 6” each.

For the body, cut the 1/4” satin ribbon five times the length you would like for your finished body. For my example I used 12.5” to get a 2.5” body. I also cut out 7” of the tropic lilac grosgrain ribbon to line my alligator clip.
(I fully line mine, but you may need less if you partially line your clip.)

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogGlue the 6” pieces of 1/4” satin ribbon to the inside of the 6” pieces of glitter ribbon. You will make each section into a figure eight, with one loop being bigger than the other one. Also make your top loop rounder and the bottom loop pointier. Glue the 2 loops in the shape of an X.

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogMake a military braid using the 1/4” satin ribbon and following the instructions above. Glue the military braid to your butterfly wings and glue your butterfly to the lined ribbon.

Butterfly & Turtle Hair Clips - The Ribbon Retreat BlogYou have completed the ribbon butterfly and turtle hair clips with a military braid. You can change colours for different looks. The military braid can be used for many things. You can use any type of ribbon too. When using 3/8” ribbon you can use it to decorate hard headbands. You can also use 1/8” satin ribbon to get a finer looking braid. Try new things and see what you can come up with!!


Thank you Rebeca! Aren’t those so cute? They are so fun and perfect for upcoming summer! Rebeca is very talented and loves sharing all of her creative craftiness with our amazing readers. She also loves to share her talents over at Clips N Things. Go pay her a visit to see all of her adorable creations. Thank you again Rebeca!

These Butterfly and Turtle Hair Clips are awesome. I love all of the things that can be done with ribbon. The Ribbon Retreat has so many different kinds and designs of ribbon; you can make anything you dream of. We even carry exclusive ribbon only available at The Ribbon Retreat. How amazing is that? Check come out all of your ribbon options. Just think of all of the crafty magic you can make. :)

Have a wonderful day & Happy Creating!
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3 Comments

  1. Elena Duarte
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to all the ribbon sculpture tutorials that I have found in The Ribbon Retreat blog I started a small hair accessories business that is growing little by little. You can find my creations on my website http://www.littlehelentogo.com
    Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat ;)

  2. wendy
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    hi I received an email on how to make a firecracker hair bow, but when I click on blog tutorial it takes me here to this page, not the page on how to make firecracker bow, can you please send me link on how to make that bow. thanks

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