{Tutorial} FROZEN Inspired 80s Style Ribbon Barrettes

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CB DisclosureDisney Frozen Ribbon Barrettes #FROZENFun #shopI’m a total child of the 80s. I spent all of fourth grade running a little back room ribbon barrette factory. I’ve thought for a while now that it was way past time for those ribbon barrettes to make a comeback. And I’m not above using the popularity of FROZEN to make it happen.

Frozen Dresses #FROZENFun #shopStep one in my evil ribbon barrette comeback master plan? Score some super cute FROZEN dresses at Walmart. They’re glittery and have twirly tulle skirts. You’ll basically be begging your little people to wear something else for a change once they get their hands on these. Now, on to the barrettes….Ribbon Barrette Supplies #FROZENFun  #shopRibbon barrettes are totally easy to make. I did make them when I was 9 years old, after all. All you need are a pack of split barrettes and 1/8″ ribbon in whatever colors you want to use. Starting Ribbon Barrette #FROZENFun  #shopThe secret to a successful ribbon barrette is using two colors. I tried a few different ways and the two color/double ribbon method is superior. Trust me.  Just take the two colors you want to use and cut about 2.5′ of each. Lay the ribbons on top of each other and start at the clasp end of the barrette. Hold the ribbon in place under the clasp and just weave the ribbon back and forth through the center. If you need to start a little further down the barrette you can-just push the ribbon back up once you get a few passes done. You can also tie the two pieces of ribbon together if that helps. As you weave the ribbon will alternate colors if you’re doing it correctly. Take your time and straighten the ribbon as you go if it flips over. It’s a little tricky to get started, but once you’ve woven the ribbon a few times it gets easy. Back of Ribbon Barrette #FROZENFun  #shopOnce you’ve gotten the barrette almost covered you can squeeze up the ribbon to give yourself a little more room to work. When you’re finished just smooth the ribbon back out. Finish off the barrette by tying the ribbon in a knot in the back. Back of Ribbon Barrette #FROZENFun  #shopPull one side of the ribbon over to the other side to create the streamers.

Ribbon Barrettes #FROZENFun #shopAn easy way to add a little extra color to your barrettes is by tying on additional streamers. The more streamers the merrier. Don’t forget to burn the edges of the ribbon to keep it from fraying. Elsa Barrettes  #FROZENFun #shopA little hot glue and a decorative snowflake brad were all it took to embellish my Elsa inspired barrettes. I used snips to trim off the prongs on the brad and just glued it in place. Anna Barrettes

In an attempt to emulate the rosemaling design from Anna’s clothing, I used a heart and green squiggle brad. Just as with the snowflake, I snipped off the prongs and hot glued on the heart. The squiggle was a little too thin and delicate for hot glue, so I switched to crazy glue to hold it in place.

Now go forth and make 80s style ribbon barrettes a thing again!

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  1. Seriously. We are going to bring back the ribbon barrettes. I’ll even part my hair down the middle and everything,
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  2. These bring back so many memories!!! Thank you!!! Fun!
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  3. Forget the little string of colored hair.. use these barrettes with longer ribbon! Super cute Amy!! Wishing I had girls.. ok maybe not.. LOL But I love these!!
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  4. These are some of the cutest barrettes EVER!
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  5. These are SUPER cool Amy!!! You are AWESOME!!! I want to make these! #client
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  6. My set in Tinkerbell Green and Barbie Pink will be in the mail shortly, correct? Do you need my new address?
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  7. This is pretty much the most awesome thing in the world. Madilyn came upstairs while I was reading this and demanded a set of the Elsa barrettes. I guess I see a trip to the other side of the world to buy the supplies necessary to make these for her upcoming fifth birthday! (Thanks a lot, Amy). Have I told you lately that I love you? #client
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  8. Omigosh! I had completely forgotten about the 80s ribbon barrettes! I wore the heck out of them, and made them!, too! I’m with you on bringing back the trend… off to buy supplies!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy
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  9. I love love love the clips and the dresses! Can you share the sku number for the dresses ( it’s on the tag), we are having a paty this weekend and we’d love to find them for bday gifts.

  10. Sorry, I meant the tags in the dress. There should be an item number, sku number or some descriptive number on the size tag or on the tag along the inside seam.

  11. we are so bringing these back!!!! my kid will be the first at school and we will rock them… thanks for the memory

  12. Where can i buy the split barrettes? i’ve looked everywhere!


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