Let’s Make (Leather) Hair Clips!

Let's Make Leather Hair Clips! www.abeautifulmess.comWhen we started experimenting with hair clip designs leather was an option we just had to try. We're big-time leather lovers around here, but you can use faux leather or vinyl as well. We tried a couple designs in neon yellow and gold leather. Here's how we put them together. 

Let's Make Leather Hair Clips! www.abeautifulmess.com Cut a rectangle of leather that is two inches tall and three inches wide. Cut another thin strip of leather that will serve as the middle of your bow and set aside. Accordion fold the leather rectangle lengthwise so that you have two folds showing on the front of your bow, and use the thin leather strip and Tacky Glue to secure the middle of the bow tightly in place. Glue the bow on to your base, and you’re done!

Let's Make Leather Hair Clips! www.abeautifulmess.com    Let's Make Leather Hair Clips! www.abeautifulmess.com    Cut a rectangle of leather that is just big enough to cover your barrette base and use Tacky Glue to secure the leather to the barrette base. If you want to add a little edge to your barrette, you can add some studs to your leather before gluing the piece on to the base. With the stud points pointing straight down, push the stud on top of the leather in its intended spot so you see an indent of how far apart the stud points are. Use an Exacto knife to make small cuts where the indents are and push the stud points through the cuts. Bend the stud points flat in place and then glue the stud and leather combo onto your barrette base.

Let's Make Leather Hair Clips! www.abeautifulmess.com   Cut your dachshund body shape out of leather and cut a separate shape for the ear as well. Take your ear, cover evenly with Tacky Glue, and generously sprinkle loose glitter on the ear and let dry. Once dry, use Triple Thick Glaze on top of the glitter to keep the glitter from flaking off and let dry again.  Glue the ear to the dachshund body and attach the body to your barrette base.

Happy crafting! elsie

  • Supper cute clips! I love the idea of the dachshund, but I think the bow is best.

  • These inspired me & I created the dachshund clip & a couple others on my blog! Check out the post here:
    Thanks again for all your ideas & inspiration here on “A Beautiful Mess”!

  • these are awesome! definitely gonna have to give these a try! excited to make them my own!

  • The Dachshund looks just like Milo, my Doxador! Love the neon colors.


  • the dachshund clip is so adorable. I might have to try making one, I have some scraps of brown leather waiting to be turned into something. 🙂

  • could you provide the source for where you found your colored leather?

  • They’re all just adorable!! I’ve got to try these!! 🙂

  • All of them are super cute!!

    Lulu xx


  • This is such a cute project! I absolutely love the leather.
    Check out my blog if you have the chance!

  • Loving leather and neon at the moment so I’m sold!

    Dana Ivy
    www.iadorewhatilove.com – check out my blog!

  • I love the bow design! I might have a go myself at making these! x
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I think this is absolutely amazing, I must make that bow! I haven’t been able to find one for a price I was willing to pay and can’t imagine why I never thought to make it

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • The dachshund clip is super cute, but it would be a lot easier for your readers to copy if you provided a template of it for them to download. 😛

  • I’ve got bags of scrap leather begging to be made into bows.. thank you for the inspiration!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • I love the neon bow. Absolutely gorgeous!

    – Amber


  • aww these are even better than the last! definitely doing these 🙂

  • I love these! The studded one is my favorite! I also liked the previous post! <3

  • I’m dying! As an avid doxie fan, this is a must have! So cute and wonderful.

    Dani // andbubblegum.com

  • Such a gorgeous choice of colour!!! I’m going to try it!


  • Awww they look so cute!! Need to do these!!

    <3 Val

  • Hi Elsie, do you have a template for the dachshund? I’m not that good at drawing! Elsa xx

  • The studded one and the bow are so cute!


  • The doxie is seriously the cutest! We have a part daschound rescue dog, so I might have to make it to represent 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  • ahhh how cute are these? love the little dashund

  • Aww the little dog hair clip is so cute!
    – Becky xox


  • Love the studded one! Takes me back to middle school days when I wished I was cool.

  • i love how the leather is made fun by being neon!

  • Very fun! Cute designs!

    Juliette Laura

  • These are super cute!! Where are you able to get leather like that? My craft stores only have a few colors. 🙁

  • these look fantastic. especially love the colour.

    – Janine

  • I can never find real leather at any of the craft stores around me! I wish I had bright neon leather 🙁 Those clips are so cute.


  • I LOVE THESE!! I’m going to have to experiment myself with it and make some for my daughters, though I’m not too sure how long they will stay in their hair! Being 3 years and 3 months not likely to be long at all!! Still, I LOVE this!!!

  • What a great DIY idea !! Thanks for sharing

    XX Luba 

    Pairing mini skirt with Loubis in my look today 


  • What a great DIY idea !! Thanks for sharing

    XX Luba 

    Pairing mini skirt with Loubis in my look today 


  • What a great DIY idea !! Thanks for sharing

    XX Luba 

    Pairing mini skirt with Loubis in my look today 


  • Super cute DIY. Love your choices for the colours.


  • I wish I was as handy as you 🙂 !!

    Id love it if you would stop by my blog?



  • Super cute! I love the dachshund one!


  • My favorite is the bow.
    I made one, but not for hair

  • Quite a lot of glue!

    If you hand-stitch any extra bits on (the rectangle bow, dogs ear etc) it would make it last a little longer and the quality would be a bit higher as well.

  • cute idea! should use this to inspire some pretty baby bows now that my little chunk is getting some hair 🙂


  • Omg the daschund one is so perfect. I really love the neon leather – so cool!


  • Such a cute craft idea! I love the neon yellow bow and the dachshund!

  • I’m not really a girl to wear bows… but I just might be now! 🙂

  • The dachshund one is fab though I’d be more likely to wear the studded one. Great idea! 🙂

  • Makes you think about all the fun possibilities!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  • So cute and easy! I’d love to have long hair again so I could do the bun and clip!

  • These leather hair clips are adorable and seem easy to make! I especially love the dachshund and the bow!

  • I definitely need a faux-leather dachshund for my hair! Too cute!

  • Sweet! I just got a stack of vinyl fabric swatches, now I know what to do with them. Keep up the good work ladies!

  • Looks pretty easy and straightforward. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • I love these! I would like to see what style of clips you use for bases.

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