quick & easy project: convert baby headbands to clips

I’ve been collecting bows for our baby since before she was born (there are so many mama-run shops making gorgeous ones that it’s almost too easy). For a long time I ordered the soft headband type, not knowing when she’d have enough hair to use a clip. As much as I wanted to love them, they never seemed to look right – too much hair? weird head shape? And when she did wear them, it was always short-lived since they’d either slide or get pulled off. I started buying clips instead and they worked much better for us. At some point I realized we weren’t using her headbands at all, which was such a waste. Today I finally did something about it.

Here’s how I converted all our baby headbands into adorable bow clips:

what you need

  • decent scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • alligator clips (I got 50 for ¥460 on Amazon.co.jp)

step-by-step process

1- Let your glue gun heat up
2- Cut the headband as close to the bow as you can and wiggle the hair clip through the back of the bow
3- Use a dot of glue on each side of the bow, trying to get some of it under the knot to make sure the clip is secure and open it a few times, just in case the glue is sealing the clip closed. That’s it!

I’ve been wanting to do this for ages and am so happy it’s finally done. It took less barely 10 minutes to do about 10 clips and we’ll get a lot more use our of them now.

What’s your favorite place for cute hair bows and accessories? We have a few from June & January, but most are either Billy Bibs or Wunderkin Co. The J&J bows weren’t glued to the clips, so I attached those while I was at it and followed the example of the Wunderkin clips we already had, since they’re holding up so well. All of them get lots of compliments when we wear them and I’d recommend those companies if you’re looking to add to your collection (bonus: they all ship to Japan).

I hope this works for you, too!
kuri xx

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