On to Day 6 of “15 Days of Handmade Gifts”. A lot of work has gone into this series, but it has also been so much fun ~ and I love seeing what the guest bloggers have come up with. Today is no exception, we have a guest post from Jocie, her blog is One Project Closer’s The Better half and she is teaching us how to make a really cute ballerina barrette holder. What an excellent girl’s Christmas gift idea! Today’s ad sponsor will actually go along perfectly with this gift idea ~ we have Sweetbeanz Boutique, who makes some of the cutest bows around! So go quickly, make your barrette holder, and then head on over to Sweetbeanz Boutique and pick out some bows to fill up your barrette holder! (she is giving my readers a discount too!)
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Ballerina Barrette Holder
If you’ve never heard of us, The Better Half is a new sister site to One Project Closer (OPC). OPC has been around almost 5 years now and is for the hard-core home improvement lovers. Our men of OPC shadow contractors and teach you how to do-it-yourself like the pros. While we are the sister site, don’t worry, we’re not sister wives. lol! Kim and I (Jocie) are the wives of Fred and Ethan (respectively) and we run The Better Half, dedicated to the finer things, like DIY home decor, crafts, and sometimes kid-friendly stuff too. I write a lot of the crafty, decor posts, while Kim focuses on gardening and constantly updating our coupon info (like this AJ Madison Coupons page). We also host a link party every Friday where we give away FREE ad space and sometimes even gift cards!
Here’s me and the fam – my hubby, Ethan and our two beautiful, amazing, crazy girls, Izzie and Lucy! Btw, we’re from Baltimore – GO RAVENS!
I love to make homemade Christmas gifts and have made many over the years – clay ornaments, jewelry, breads, cookies – the list goes on. But with 6 nieces, 2 nephews, and 2 daughters, I make a lot of kid oriented gifts. This ballerina barrette holder is a wonderful gift for any girl because it makes pretty decor while also organizing the millions of barrettes, if you’re girls are like mine. lol! These cost about $10 each, and I’ve seen them at Hobby Lobby for double that.
I was looking around online and saw some beautiful, but not handmade, barrette holders, and thought that I could do it myself and for much less cost! By changing the color paint, tulle, and ribbon, it is completely customizable. For this project, we needed 1/2″ plywood (1/4″ would work too), paint, ribbon and tulle.
I started by drawing a template for the bodices, tracing it onto the plywood, and cut it out using a jigsaw. They were pretty easy cuts and quick. I think I did more difficult stuff in my elementary wood shop class. haha
I then used some coarse sandpaper and followed up with some fine grit sandpaper. It smoothed out all the edges and removed any lingering marker.
Izzie (dressed in her own ballerina gear) got in on the fun, and helped prime the bodices.
I then painted two purple and one pink, since I was making three.
I free-hand painted some swirls using acrylic paint, adding little accent dots to make it less grown-up and more playful. If you’re not into swirls, some easy alternatives would be flowers, polka dots, or stripes. Right now, there are so many amazing stencils out there, that would work really nicely too.
Here’s where 1/2″ plywood comes in handy, but I’m sure you could manage with 1/4″. We put some heavy-duty staples on the bottom edge to secure the tulle.
I added ribbon just for style but it also helped hide some of the rougher edges. The vertical strips are for clipping barrettes, and I decided to glue them in place. I found that adding a bow to the bottom of each ribbon looks cuter and also keeps barrettes from sliding off the bottom.
And then I added more ribbon across the bodice.
The finishing touch was a silk flower on the bodice shoulder. Since then, I have become obsessed with making fabric flowers, and if I had to do it again, I probably would have made my own flower. Lastly, I tied some ribbon in a bow for hanging the barrette holder, stapling the ribbon to the back of the bodice.