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Cute Ballerina Girl's Hair Clip Holder

09 August 2011

I hope you all remember the room Roeshel and I designed for Shaw.  Well while I was there I met Ethan from One Project Closer.  And I am excited to have him here showing us a simple project that and he and his wife made!  

Hello, my name is Ethan, and I'm one of the editors at One Project Closer- a site all about home improvement. Every day we're sharing posts about what we've been working on and the tools we used to do it. Check us out for everything from fixing a leaky faucet to our favorite impact drivers.
Even though I'm writing today's post, it's really my wife, Jocie who gets all the credit. She can be a very crafty person- not in the scheming sort of way but in the making something from scratch sort of way. It's the same craftiness that she tapped into for our new zebra print dining room chairs, and when she mentioned making some fun barrette holders, I immediately grabbed my camera.
Jocie started by drawing the cutout for the bodice on some paper. After a couple tries, she had an outline she was happy with, and she traced it on some 1/2" plywood. I grabbed my jigsaw and minutes later we had two (mostly) identical bodices.

The jigsaw left some rough edges and the plywood needed sanding anyway. We used a course grit sandpaper to help remove any leftover marker and a fine sandpaper to make everything nice and smooth.

That looks much better.

Next we applied a simple base coat of paint, and even had some help from my two year old daughter (the ballerina). She used some extra craft acrylic paint left over from a previous project, but you could also use primer.

After they dried, Jocie painted one pink and one purple,

and she added some artistic swirls- all free hand. A good, easy alternative would be flowers, polka dots, or stripes.


No project is complete until you've used a staple gun. We used our heavy-duty staple gun to attach some tulle along the bottom edge of the cutout so it would not be seen.

The vertical ribbons are where you can clip barrettes, and Jocie used her second favorite tool, the glue gun, to hold them in place.

And more ribbon across the body for decoration.

We had some silk flowers handy, and she decided to glue them on the upper portion of the bodice.

Lastly, Jocie tied some ribbon in a bow for hanging the barrette holder.

Ta da!

So far, Jocie has made three of these and plans on making several more for friends. They make for great, low-cost gifts and room decor. Most the materials are easy to find at craft stores, and things like 1/4" heavy-duty staples and plywood are available at home improvement centers. Be sure to use a Lowes coupon or Home Depot coupon before you buy. All together each cost about $10 to make.
A big thanks to Cassity and Justin for letting me share our story. Hopefully you feel inspired and can follow these steps to make your own barrette holder!

This project was contributed by one of our fabulous readers! We love to share your projects with this great blogging community. So, if you have projects from kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, overhauled and repurposed furniture, spray paint updates you name it please send it in! Thanks for reading Remodelaholic!

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Anonymous,  August 9, 2011 at 6:47 PM  

just an FYI, the pictures are showing up for me. Using Google Chrome.

Suki August 9, 2011 at 8:04 PM  

Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox are all not showing pictures.

Remodelaholic August 9, 2011 at 8:58 PM  

Sorry, I was not online during all the drama! The pictures were showing up for me, so i am not sure what happened... but hopefully they work now.

Tanya Anurag August 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM  

Wonderful. This would work great as room decor for girls of any age. Very well made.

Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner is going on now. Would love to have some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see ya at the party.


Jenna, SAS Interiors August 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

What a great project - any little girl would LOVE this! I just came across your site through Stumble Upon and now I'm a new follower!

~Jenna, SAS Interiors

asortik August 24, 2011 at 6:52 AM  

very nice work, I have done and published to link:)
I follow the forums liking.

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