Sunday, September 7, 2014

DIY Elsa Snowflake Tutorial

Hello there my little snow bunnies!  So as promised, here is a super simple tutorial for making your very own Elsa snowflake hair accessories!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Plastic snowflakes (I used these notions from Jo-Anns)
  • Tacky glue (or any other glue you have at home)
  • Jewelry wire in 12 gauge (I like this one also from Jo-Anns)
If you don't want to order online, I suggest stopping in at your nearest craft store and checking out the button aisle.  There are tons of cute snowflake buttons that work just perfectly for Esla's hair accessories.   

Okay, so let's get started!

Step 1: Curl your jewelry wire into a spiral by wrapping it around a pen or a paint brush.  If you have something that tapers, like the end of a pen, it's easier to get the gradual smaller coils.

Step 2: Take a nail filer or sand paper and smooth the edge of the spiral so it's smooth and won't cut an arm off.  

Step 3: Take your glue and add a generous amount along the largest coil and place it in the center back of your snowflake.  Once you stuck the spiral to the back, I like to add a little more glue just to be safe, 'cause you don't want them falling out while you're building ice castles!  

Step 4: Let it dry and VOILA!  Super cute Elsa Snowflakes!  Just twist them in your hair until they're nice and secure.  You may need to press the spiral a little flatter if you're adding the snowflake to a thinner portion of hair.   

The spiral attachments are really the best way to go, I think, 'cause they stay in place and you don't have to worry about unsightly bobby pins poking out!  

I've also experimented with making Elsa's snowflakes out of crystal beads. (seen in the photo below)  They're a little more complex, but I can make a tutorial for them if anyone is interested.  If you don''t have the time or desire to make your own, you can also purchase the whole set below in my Etsy shop! (Link to the right ---->)

I'll also be uploading my tutorial on how to style Elsa's wig and how to draft a pattern for her costume, so check back soon! :D

As usual, leave me some comments below if you have any questions or just want to share your own creations!  

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