Who doesn’t like balloons? They’re fun, inexpensive, and you can do so many things with them! Use them as decorations for a party or give them to restless kids to play silly games. You can even use balloons to make colorful hair accessories. Young girls will love to wear unusual hair barrettes that you put together in minutes.
Barrettes that you decorate yourself are sold at craft stores and places that sell jewelry-making supplies. The metal barrette you need to make the balloon clip is a large one with an area that you squeeze to open. Hold the barrette at the top and squeeze to open. The part that hinges down, and drops open, is left alone for now. The part you’re still holding is the place where you’ll tie on the balloons.
The balloons you use should be ones that blow up large and round. It will take about a dozen balloons of 8″ or 9″ size to make one barrette. Tie on each balloon so that it’s centered on the clip and tied once, tightly. With the mouthpiece of the balloon facing one way tie the next balloon on so that the mouthpiece faces the opposite direction. Continue doing this to tie on all the balloons. Push each balloon down as far as you can on the clip before tying on the next one.
There are so many different kinds of balloon barrettes you can make simply by the colors of the balloons you add to the barrette. Make a Christmas one by tying on red, green and white balloons or just red and green ones. Make a Halloween barrette by tying on orange and black ones. Use this technique to make a balloon clip for any holiday then make others to coordinate with certain outfits. You can even tie on balloons which are all the same color to make yet a simpler design. Start with smaller hair clips to make little barrettes. Use the water balloon-type of balloons to make these.
There are lots of other things you can tie onto the barrette, along with the balloons, to create other designs. Shoe strings, ribbon, yarn and similar things work well. The balloon barrettes make great party favors for a girl’s birthday, embellishments for gifts and packages, and even stocking stuffers. Any young girl will love the fanciful barrettes that are fun to wear any time of year!