This copper hair clip is one of the easiest DIYs I’ve done, because sometimes simple is better. You really only need three things for this project, one of which is copper foil tape, the kind that gardeners use to keep slugs away from their plants. Slugs don’t like to crawl across it because it gives them a little shock, like if you bite on tin foil. So you won’t have to worry about slugs crawling on your head while you’re wearing this barrette! Don’t bite it, though. But seriously, the genius part about copper tape is that it’s adhesive, so you don’t even need glue. Plus, you’ll have tons left over for other projects, which I’m already dreaming up–got any suggestions?
I liked the first hair clip I made so much that I made over a green one I’ve had for years that I never really liked the color of. I had considered painting it black, but now it’s copper, and I think I’ll wear it a lot more. So shop your hair accessory stash before you buy a new one for this project.
I think this would look especially striking on dark hair, which I obviously don’t have. I’d love to see that combo if you make one, though!
DIY Copper Hair Clip
Copper foil tape
Plastic-topped french barrette – I couldn’t find the exact one I used online, but this one is similar.
Wooden craft stick (optional)
1. With the backing still on the adhesive, put your hair clip on the copper tape, and cut a piece to fit. Make sure it’s long enough that the tape can wrap around the ends.
2. Peel the backing off of the copper tape, lay it flat, sticky side up, and place the hair clip in the middle. You can gently pull it off and re-stick it if you mis-align it. Working from the middle out towards the edges, smooth the foil tape onto the surface of the barrette to try and get as many wrinkles out as possible.
3. Fold the edges to the underside of the barrette.
4. If you have any wrinkles on the edges, you can use a wooden popsicle stick to help burnish them as flat as possible. Be careful not to tear the foil, though.
That’s it! Easy as can be, right?
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