Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband

Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Zipper embellishments are all the rage right now!
I see them everywhere and I’m always amazed at the all the different things you create with them.

The Ribbon Retreat recently started carrying zipper accents.
They come in packages containing 5 zippers measuring 1 yard in length.
The zippers come in a variety of colors. They are priced at $12.99 a package.
The most awesome part? You don’t have to take them apart!

I’ve been brainstorming over all the cute things I could make with my zipper accents.
There are so many fun ideas that the hardest part is deciding what to make!

Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband


Red, Gold, Brown, Teal Ribbon Accents (cream color zipper I had on hand)
Leather Cord Necklace
Cranberry 3/8″ Solid Grosgrain
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (I have a needle and thread pictured, but I used hot glue instead)

Like I said, one of the best things about The Ribbon Retreat’s zipper accents is that you don’t need to worry about cutting off the ends and removing the zipper pull. The zipper accents come ready to use.

Start by sealing the zipper accent ends with your preferred method.
Using the glue gun, apply a dab of glue at the end of your zipper.

Glue the corner down at an angle.

Hot glue along the edge, rolling the zipper a little at a time.

Continue rolling and gluing until your zipper flower is the size you want it.

If you reach your desired size before you reach the end of the zipper, trim it, leaving a couple inches to work with and seal at the end.

Glue the corner down at an angle.

Glue down to the flower. Hold and press until the glue dries.

One zipper flower down, seven to go!

Using the same steps, make more zipper flowers in various sizes and colors.
Decide how you want to arrange your flowers and glue them to the felt.

Trim the felt around the edges of the zipper flowers.

Use the leftover felt as a pattern for the remaining piece of felt.

Cut out the felt in the same shape as the zipper flower arrangement.

Decide where you want your zipper flowers on your necklace.
Lay the necklace over your flower and apply hot glue.

Glue down the remaining felt piece, “sandwiching” the necklace between the two pieces.

Now let’s move on to the headband.
I lined my headband with 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon in the same way that
Shirley did when she made her cute bear ears.

After lining the headband with ribbon, I glued my two extra zipper flowers to a piece of felt.

This time I got smart and cut the two pieces of felt at the same time.

In the same way that I glued the zipper flower to the necklace, I glued the zipper flowers to the headband and “sandwiched” the headband between the two pieces of felt.

And here’s the headband and necklace in action!

Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Daisey loved them!

What do you think?

I think it really adds a fun touch to an already cute outfit!

Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Little sister was not to be outdone and demanded requested a headband of her own.

I think it looks pretty darn cute in pink too!

Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I am loving these zipper crafts! I think maybe I’ll make a ring next!
Be sure to check out The Ribbon Retreat’s zipper accents.
And have fun creating beautiful zipper embellishments!

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  1. Posted November 4, 2011 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    I LOVE this idea!! So cute! I am working on one right now…

    • Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Yay! I’m glad you liked it and we’d love to see it when you’re done!

  2. Posted November 4, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Cute!!! I love the metal teeth of the zipper!

    • Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Kaysi! I’m so glad you liked it! I love your cute blog btw.

  3. Posted November 4, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    They look great! I love this idea. I want to try it:)

    • Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Karen! Give it a try, it’s easier than it looks!

  4. lorena sandoval
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink


  5. doris
    Posted May 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Is there a book or video on how to make zipper crafts or a web site that shows how to make many of these crafts?

  6. Posted December 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Just curious on what type of glue you used. I see that you have a hot glue gun, but are you using anything specific?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 2, 2015 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      Hi Taylor! Thank you for your question. The only adhesive Brittany used was hot glue. Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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