How To Make Homemade Barrettes

Making a homemade barrette can be a fun project. If you would like to make barrettes that are especially unique and not commercialized, you may do so using common things you find in your kitchen. You can even personalize your barrettes and make one-of-a-kind accessories.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • Clear gel glue
  • Some glitters
  • Graphic design or print
  • Acrylic metallic paint
  • Sealer
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin.
  • Cookie sheet
  • Plain metal clips you can buy in bulk

Here is how you can make your homemade barrettes:

  1. Preheat the oven to about 220 degrees setting.
  2. Mix the flour, water and salt together and make yourself a soft dough. The consistency and texture of this mixture should resemble that of molding clay.
  3. Lay down parchment paper on the table and then roll this to a desired thickness of about 1/8 of an inch.  Be careful in handling this, as the clay will really be thin. The parchment paper should keep the “dough” from sticking.
  4. Lay out the cookie sheet and once again, put parchment paper. Arrange your rolled clay dough properly, making sure to lay it out evenly and flatly. Do this to ensure that you would have a smooth surface to work on after doing the next procedures.
  5. Bake the rolled dough in the preheated oven for about an hour. Using a long thong, flip the clay dough regularly, so that the clay would burn evenly. Turning it around would keep the surface from drying out too much. Be careful as you flip it, as you might break the dough in half.
  6. When you are sure that it is cooked, let it sit in the cookie sheet for another hour. As soon as it cools down, put on some markers, such as a colored tape, and draw the exact size of your barrette on to the clay. Use a pencil to do this so that the shape comes out evenly.
  7. Cut a barrette shaped piece and smoothen it by wiping it with a moist cloth. Depending on the size of the dough you have made, you can cut about six to eight pieces on one sheet. To ensure that you are doing it correctly, cut one at a time or work on one piece at a time.
  8. Paint the dough you have cut, and then use an all-purpose sealer so that the paint stays on this barrette’s surface longer.
  9. Glue in whatever graphic design or printed piece you want to add to your barrette, using all purpose sealer. Make sure to let the sealer dry well before moving on to the next item you want to embellish the barrette with.  Sprinkle some glitters for shine and effect.
  10. Finally, glue in the metal clip at the bottom to finish this project off.


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